On the 13th May, the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission (CPHRC) released a report, Unspeakable and Unparalleled: North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity, which addressed human rights violations by the DPRK regime, the North Korean refugee crisis and efforts that seek to end the regime’s monopoly on information.
Taking evidence from three public hearings, the report called on the British Government to lead a campaign to bring North Korea to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Released ahead of a debate in Westminster Hall led by Andrew Selous MP on human rights in North Korea, the report contains thirteen recommendations and urges the British Government to “ensure that in every discussion on North Korea at the UN, at every level, human rights concerns are placed on the agenda alongside security concerns”.
Fiona Bruce MP, Vice Chair of the APPG NK and Chair of the CPHRC, said: “North Korea is the world’s most closed nation, with the world’s worst human rights record. UN experts have compared it to the Holocaust and described it as sui generis – in a category of its own. It is also one of the world’s most neglected human rights tragedies. It is time for people of all political persuasions to stand up and speak out for North Korea. We welcome the steps the United Kingdom has taken, but there is even more we can do, and this report sets out the case for prioritising North Korea as a human rights crisis that requires our attention. Momentum is building, and we hope this report will further awaken the consciences of policy-makers and the public alike, in Britain and around the world. It is time to act.”
Link: Download the full report here: Unspeakable and Unparalleled: North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity