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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana serves as the third Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as of 1 August, 2016. Mr. Quintana is a lawyer, with more than 14 years of activities in the field of human rights. Prior to this appointment, he worked as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar from 2008 to 2014. He was also the Executive Director of the OHCHR Programme for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Bolivia. Previously, he represented the Argentinean NGO “Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo” in cases concerning child abduction during the military régime.
 

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2004 (resolution 2004/13), and the mandate has been renewed every year by the Human Rights Council. The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert who monitors and reports on the situation of human rights in the country and on the government's compliance with its obligations under international human rights law. He submits reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly annually.
 

OHCHR-Seoul provides secretariat support to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK.


Submission of information and Contact details

Information relevant to the work of the mandate holder can be sent to madoka.saji@un.org