The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 18 December 2014 adopted a resolution referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for human right abuses and for charges of crimes against humanity.
The UNGA adopted the resolution with 116 accepted votes to 20 rejected votes. More than 50 countries abstained from voting. China and Russia voted against the resolution along with Belarus Cuba, Iran, Syria and Venezuela.
The resolution also called UNGA to consider targeted sanctions against the Pyongyang leadership for the repression of civilians in North Korea.
Why the need for resolution on North Korea?
A UN report released in February 2014 revealed that civilians of North Korea faced unspeakable atrocities. It also detailed wide-ranging abuses in North Korea which includes deliberate starvation, forced labour, executions, torture, rape and the denial of reproductive rights enforced through punishment, forced abortion and infanticide.
The report also revealed that North Korea didn’t co-operate with the report findings.
In November 2014 UN human Rights Committee voted in favour of referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and also condemned human rights abuses of North Korea.
When: 18 December 2014