The United Nations chairman said that leaders in North Korea must be brought before the International Criminal Court to be held accountable for crimes against humanity.
Michael Kirby, the lead investigator for the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, held a meeting in New York this week just a few hours after American Jeffrey Fowle, who had been captured in North Korea, arrived in Ohio.
"The question that is before the United Nations now is when we face such a moment of truth, will the United Nations back away because of the steps belatedly taken by North Korea in recent weeks? And my hope is the answer to that question will be no. We don't back away," Kirby said. "We stand for the principles of the United Nations and we expect accountability for great crimes before justice. And that is the right of the people of North Korea."
Kirby cited a report on human rights that listed crimes against humanity in prison camps, prisons and crimes against religious believers.
Kim Song, adviser for political affairs at the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's mission to the United Nations, called the U.N. report "groundless.”
Publication date: October 24, 2014