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27 October 2016, New York – European Union Intervention at the 71st United Nations General Assembly Third Committee Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tomas Ojea Quintana

Thank you Madam Chair,

The European Union would like to congratulate Mr Quintana for his appointment as new Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and warmly welcomes his first report. We are very pleased to engage in this interactive dialogue with him and look forward to a fruitful cooperation.

As the Special Rapporteur notes in his report, whilst the international community has developed several mechanisms to help improve accountability for human rights violations in the DPRK – for instance with the establishment of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Seoul or with the creation of a group of independent experts to support the work of the Special Rapporteur – the human rights situation in the DPRK has not improved over the year. We regret the lack of cooperation by the DPRK government.

The European Union continues to express grave concern at this very serious situation and we remain fully engaged in the efforts aimed at promoting accountability and protection of human rights in the DPRK. Like in past years, together with Japan, we will present a resolution in order to continue to draw international attention to the very worrying human rights situation in the country and to urge its Government to put an end to the violations. We hope we can count on this Committee to support the resolution.

At today’s interactive dialogue, we would be pleased to hear from the Special Rapporteur what strategy the group of independent experts is suggesting to influence positively the human rights situation in the DPRK. We would also like to get his advice on what type of national or regional measures could be taken to facilitate the opening of a dialogue between the Special Rapporteur and the Government of the DPRK.

Thank you very much and all the best to Mr Quintana for the work under his new mandate!

  • Ref: EUUN16-164EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum: Third Committee - Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
  • Date: 27/10/2016

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