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The U.N. Democracy Fund calls to civil society to apply for funding

22 November 2019 – The U.N. The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for project funding. Project proposals may be submitted on-line in English or French, between 22 November 2019 and 22 December 2019 UNDEF supports projects that empower civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.  


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North Korea: UN expert calls for engagement amid continuing rights violations24/10/2019

A UN human rights expert said North Korea’s economic resources were being diverted away from the essential needs of the people as food insecurity remained at alarming levels.

North Korea: Dark clouds on the horizon of peace without rights approach21/06/2019

​“North Korea is at a historical crossroads. If the right and just decisions are made, a peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula will appear on the horizon,” said UN human rights expert Tomás Ojea Quintana.

UN expert on North Korean human rights to visit South Korea13/06/2019
A UN expert on human rights in North Korea will visit South Korea from 17 to 21 June. 


People in North Korea trapped in vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption and repression – UN human rights report28/05/2019

People in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are trapped in a vicious cycle, in which the failure of the State to provide for life’s basic necessities forces them to turn to rudimentary markets where they face a host of human rights violations in an uncertain legal environment, according to a new UN human rights report.

UN expert hopes States can persuade North Korea to change direction during Geneva ‘peer review’08/05/2019

​The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has expressed hope that the UN’s ‘peer review’ process will persuade authorities in North Korea to change direction and to prioritise improving the lives of ordinary citizens.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review06/05/2019

​The Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Thursday, 9 May 2019 in a meeting that will be webcast live. 

Human Rights Council concludes its general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention11/03/2019

​The Human Rights Council today held an interactive dialogue with Tomas Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

[Op-Ed] DPRK-US Summit: At the second summit, it is time to place human rights on the agenda19/02/2019

​Next week, the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the United States of America will hold a second historic summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, raising renewed hope for concrete and meaningful steps towards creating a more peaceful Korean Peninsula. 

Critical juncture for human rights in North Korea – UN expert11/01/2019

Reflecting on breakthroughs that brought an easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula in the past year, the UN’s human rights expert on North Korea said that 2019 represented “a critical test, not only for peace and denuclearisation but for human rights”.

Inter-Korean talks best way to commemorate 70th anniversary of UDHR10/12/2018

OHCHR Seoul Office calls for the integration of human rights into high-level diplomacy on peace and security in the Korean Peninsula.

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Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the 74th United Nations General Assembly22/10/2019New York, USA
End of Mission Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK, Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana, on his visit to the Republic of Korea21/06/2019Seoul, Republic of Korea
End of Mission Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK, Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana, on his visit to the Republic of Korea11/01/2019Seoul, Republic of Korea
Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, mission to Seoul10/07/2018Seoul, Republic of Korea
Oral Update by the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Human Rights Situation in the DPRK14/03/2018Geneva, Switzerland
Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the 37th Human Rights Council12/03/2018Geneva, Switzerland
End of Mission Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK, Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana, on his visit to the Republic of Korea14/12/2017Seoul, Republic of Korea
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein at the Security Council briefing on the situation in the DPRK08/12/2017New York, USA
End of Mission Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK, Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana, on his visit to the Republic of Korea21/07/2017Seoul, Republic of Korea
End of Mission Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, on her visit to the DPRK08/05/2017Pyongyang, DPRK
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