UN: NKorean officials must face justice for systemic abuse

UN investigators have called for North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings. According to a report by the team of 12 UN investigators, Pyongyang has used food as “a means of control over the population” and “deliberate starvation” to punish political and ordinary prisoners. Michael Kirby, team chairman, said the crimes were reminiscent of those committed by Nazis during World War II. Much of the testimony was gathered by 80 prison escapees. They reported that large numbers of political prisoners were effectively starved to death. Pyongyang has “categorically and totally” rejected the UN report.

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