After a spate of criticism over the North Korean Nuclear Test, United Nations Human Rights Council Thursday tabled a resolution to investigate alleged human rights violations in the Asian communist country. Canada welcomed the UN's move.
"Canada welcomes the UN Human Rights Council's decision to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate ongoing, widespread and systematic human rights violations in North Korea, which may amount to crimes against humanity," said Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird in a press release.
"This is a sober realization of a grave humanitarian situation created by a depraved and rogue regime," said Baird "The international community has time and again warned North Korea that it would bear the consequences of its belligerent actions. North Korean people continue to starve and are denied basic human rights while the regime in Pyongyang squanders limited resources."
The UN human rights council unanimously passed a resolution in Geneva Thursday, teaming up to send an international fact-finding delegation to the Communist country where the special delegation will examine allegations of prison camps, food deprivation and labor slaves in the country.
UN Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman who will be a member of the delegation has presented the initial report on the country in which the rapporteur said their investigation focus would be on the prison camps in the country.
"The prison camps could qualify as crimes against humanity. These are camps which have the purpose of driving the people being detained there towards a slow death," BBC quoted him as saying.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the international community has evidence to prove that Pyongyang government has around 200,000 political prisoners, many of them who are subjected to rape, torture and slave labor.
Pyongyang held its third underground nuclear test February 12 which forced the U.N. to impose new sanctions.
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