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Draft UN resolution would condemn North Korea on rights abuses

The draft obtained yesterday by The Associated Press "condemns the longstanding and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" in North Korea.

Published: 02nd November 2017 05:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd November 2017 11:32 AM   |  A+A-

United Nations General Assembly building in New York. (File | AP)

By Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS: The European Union and Japan have circulated a draft UN resolution that would condemn North Korea for diverting resources to pursue nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles instead of helping its people, more than half in need of food and medical care.

The draft obtained yesterday by The Associated Press "condemns the longstanding and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" in North Korea.

It also strongly urges North Korea to provide detained non-citizens assess to communications and to consular officials. It comes after the imprisonment of American college student Otto Warmbier, who died soon after returning home in June.

The UN General Assembly's human rights committee is expected to vote on the draft in mid-November. If approved, a final vote would take place in the assembly in December.



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