Experts: N. Korean Human Rights Issue Remains Dire, Must be Part of Ongoing Talks
United Nations special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea, Tomas Quintana, visited South Korea last week to discuss the ongoing issues north of the demilitarized zone. Quintana told reporters in Seoul the human rights situation remains dire in North Korea. Despite the diplomatic overtures from Pyongyang to reduce tensions on the peninsula, “It is all the more regrettable that the reality for human rights on the ground remains unchanged, and continues to be extremely serious," he said. Basic human rights do not exist in North Korea Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, describes the North Korea situation as “a consistently bad situation in human rights.” North Korea has a “systematic use of forced labor, both in the penal system also the use of people and forced labor camps and on forced labor crews building infrastructure,” said Robertson. A November 2018 Human Rights Watch report uncovered the systematic sexual violations and use of women by local officials, and basic civil and political rights like freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of peaceful public assembly, and the right to protest are nonexistent in North Korea. Robertson says the lack of progress on North Korean human rights is worrisome since the “South Korean government seems to be so eager to do deals and promote investment in North Korea when [Pyongyang] is still the same rights-abusing government that it was before.” That assessment was corroborated by Quintana, who noted, “In all areas related to the enjoyment of economic and social rights, including health, housing, education, social security, employment, food, water and sanitation, much of the country's population is being left behind." The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea’s Executive Director, Greg Scarlatoiu, was not surprised by the lack of progress on human rights during the past year. “Across... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Experts: N. Korean Human Rights Issue Remains Dire, Must be Part of Ongoing Talks, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 16 January, 2019
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