U.N. resolution slams N. Korean rights abuses

Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted by consensus on Tuesday a resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses including abductions of Japanese and other foreign nationals.

The resolution, led by Japan and the European Union, noted that the General Assembly “condemns the longstanding and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” in North Korea.

The General Assembly has adopted resolutions against North Korea’s human rights abuses for 13 straight years.

In a speech before the adoption of the latest resolution, North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam said in a speech that his country “categorically rejects” the resolution as it is “an unlawful and wicked plot document.”

North Korea, China and Cuba did not join the consensus procedures for adopting the resolution.

In addressing North Korean abductions of foreign nationals, this year’s resolution used the word “condemns,” stronger than “very serious concern” in last year’s resolution.

The latest resolution has a new section showing concern regarding reports of torture and arbitrary detention that North Korea commits against foreign nationals.

A U.S. college student who was detained in North Korea for a year and a half and released in a coma in June died soon after his return to the United States.

The General Assembly’s Third Committee dealing with human rights issues passed the resolution in November and sent it to the General Assembly.Speech

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