South Korea raises North’s Human Rights situation with UN
Seoul: South Korea’s foreign minister said Wednesday that his government is “deeply concerned” about the North Korean human rights issue as he had a meeting with the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on the matter in Seoul.
“Our government is deeply concerned about the human rights situation in North Korea,” Park Jin said, speaking with Elizabeth Salmon, who took office early this month as Tomas Ojea Quintana’s successor.
He said South Korea will cooperate closely with the UN and the international community to address the problem, Yonhap news agency reported.
Park described the Yoon Suk-yeol administration’s appointment of Lee in July as demonstrating its resolve to play a leading role in efforts to improve the related situations in the North.
The conservative Yoon government has signaled a more aggressive approach toward the issue than the preceding liberal Moon Jae-in administration that was accused by critics of ignoring it and placing an excessive focus on improving relations with the recalcitrant nuclear-armed North.
Meanwhile, Michelle Bachelet, the outgoing UN high commissioner for human rights, warned publicly about the possibility of the serious impact from Pyongyang’s continued isolation.
She was delivering a video speech during the Korea Global Forum for Peace, hosted by South Korea’s unification ministry.
If such isolation is entrenched amid the lack of “communication” with the outside world and state-to-state trust, it could deal a heavier blow to the human rights situations in North Korea by escalating the risk of “miscalculation” and the likelihood of a military conflict, the former Chilean president said. (UNI)