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Commission of Inquiry

 


In March 2013, the Human Rights Council established the commission of inquiry on human rights in ​the Democratic People's Rep​ublic of Korea (DPRK) and mandated the commis​sion to investigate the systematic, wid
espread and grave violations of human rights in DPRK, with a view to ensuring full accountability, in particular, for violations that may amount to crimes against humanity. ​


Read more about the Commission​
 

DOCUMENTS

 

  • Summary Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (A/HRC/25/63)
    ​​Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
    Korean (unofficial translation) | Japanese  (unofficial translation)
  • Full Report of the Detailed Findings of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (A/HRC/25/CRP.1)
    EnglishKorean (unofficial translation) | Japanese (unofficial translation) ​
  • Questions and Answers on the Report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (17 February 2014) 
    English

 

MULTIMEDIA​

​​Public Hearings (Programs, Videos and Transcripts): The Commission of Inquiry conducted Public Hearings in Seoul (20-24 August 2013), Tokyo (29-30 August 2013), London (23 October 2013)​ and Washington, D.C. (30-31 October 2013) during which almost 80 victims and witnesses of human rights violations as well as experts provided testimony on the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.


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 Latest Reports

Full list of Reports

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General Assembly Third Committee's Resolution on the Situation of Human rights in the DPRK (A/C.3/74/L.26)31/10/2019
Human Rights Council resolution (A/HRC/RES/40/20) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK03/04/2019
General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/73/180) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK17/12/2018
Human Rights Council resolution (A/HRC/RES/37/28) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK20/03/2018
General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/72/188) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK19/12/2017
Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/RES/34/24) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK24/03/2017
General Assemly Resolution (A/RES/71/202) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK 19/12/2016
Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/RES/31/18) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK21/03/2016
Security Council Resolution 2270 concerning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea02/03/2016
General Assembly Resolution (A/Res/70/172) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK17/12/2015
Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/RES/28/22) on the situation of human rights in the DPRK08/04/2015
Security Council Resolution S/RES/2207 (2015) adopted on 4 March 2015 on Non-proliferation/Democratic People's Republic of Korea04/03/2015
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/188 adopted on 18 December 2014 on the Situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea18/12/2014
Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/25/25 adopted on 28 March 2014 on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea28/03/2014
Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/19/13 adopted on 3 April 2012 on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea03/04/2012
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Fact Sheets

​Fact Sheets provide information on a wide range of human rights subjects. By researching and focusing on an issue, a Fact Sheet helps readers understand human rights and related topics, and the international machinery that has been established to promote and protect them.​

Special Issue materials

Special Issues explore selected subjects in greater depth. The subjects are chosen in the light of their topicality, urgency and recent developments that have led to a change of perspective or emphasis. ​

Reference Materials

​Reference materials give researchers and human rights law practitioners access to key human rights instruments and other essential information. These materials also include jurisprudence from human rights treaty bodies. ​

Training and Education materials

​Training and Educational materials consist of guides, manuals and handbooks for indigenous peoples, minorities, professional groups (e.g. police, prison officials, judges, parliamentarians, human rights monitors, election monitors and social workers) and educational institutions. ​

Policy and Methodological materials

​Policy and Methodological materials provide practical and policy guidance on the method of application and implementation of human rights norms.​

Record of a Security Council meeting on the human rights situation in the DPRK 10 December 2015

​Record of a Security Council meeting on the human rights situation in the DPRK ​

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Families Reunited

​In South Korea, families suffering from "involuntary separation" receive support for their plight.

21/01/2019
Human Rights and the Olympics

​A video message of Ms. Kate Gilmore, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Olympic Charter.

06/02/2018
North Koreans’ Long Struggle for Freedom

​From North Korea, a brave young woman tells of her escape and determination to end the suffering - and efforts to bring those responsible to justice.

13/05/2016
Video Excerpts of the Public Hearings
Excerpts of the testimony on human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea given to the Commission of Inquiry at Public Hearings in Seoul, Tokyo, London and Washington.
11/04/2014
Public Hearings in Seoul, Tokyo, London, and Washington, D.C.

​The Commission of Inquiry conducted Public Hearings in Seoul (20-24 August 2013), Tokyo (29-30 August 2013), London (23 October 2013) and Washington, D.C. (30-31 October 2013) during which almost 80 victims and witnesses of human rights violations as well as experts provided testimony on the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

  
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United Nations Country Team in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

​The UN Country Team in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea comprises six resident UN agencies – FAO, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, and WHO – and 8 non-resident UN agencies.

Sanctions Committee (The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006)

​The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006) was established on 14 October 2006 to oversee the relevant sanctions measures and to undertake the tasks set out in paragraph 12 of that same resolution. Additional functions were entrusted by the Council to the Committee in resolutions 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013) and 2094 (2013).

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