The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly voted to condemn human rights violations in North Korea yesterday. The resolution titled “Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” was passed by the vast majority of the human rights-focused committee, 112 countries voted yes while only 19 – including China, Russia, and Venezuela – shamefully voted against. 50 countries abstained.
The resolution condemns the “long-standing and ongoing systematic widespread, and gross violations of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” noting specifically forcible transfer of populations and restrictions on freedom of thought, religion, and expression. “The Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry (COI), chaired by retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, has published reports that the North Korea government has committed systematic human right abuses at a scale ‘without parallel in the contemporary world,’ including extermination, enslavement, rape and forced abortions” (CBS News).
The General Assembly will vote on the report next month in December.
List of Shame: these 19 countries voted against the resolution:
Lao People’s Republic