On 22 June 2020 the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted Resolution 43/L.17 on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The HRC expressed deep concern at the systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that in many instances constitute crimes against humanity, as described in the report of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on human rights in the DPRK. The HRC noted that the General Assembly (UNGA), in its resolution 74/166, recalled that the CoI had urged the leadership of the DPRK to prevent and suppress crimes against humanity and to ensure that perpetrators were prosecuted and brought to justice. The HRC invited the government of the DPRK to extend an invitation to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to visit the country. The HRC decided to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK for a period of one year and requested the Special Rapporteur to submit regular reports to the HRC and the UNGA. The HRC also requested the High Commissioner to provide an oral update and a full written report to the HRC at its 46th session. The resolution recalled “the responsibility of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to protect its population from crimes against humanity.”
The resolution was adopted without a vote.
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