UNGA Committee passed resolution refering North Korea to ICC for human rights abuses

Nov 22, 2014 09:30 IST

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Committee on 18 November 2014 adopted a resolution condemning North Korea human rights abuses and referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The resolution was passed with 111 accepted votes, 19 rejected   and 55 abstentions. The resolution will go to the full UN General Assembly for formal approval in December 2014.

The resolution also linked the alleged abuses to the policies of leadership of North Korea and called on the UN Security Council to consider targeted sanctions against those responsible for human abuses.

Cuba voted down and proposed amendment to scrap the key provisions on referring North Korea to the ICC and look the issue in reasonable grounds to committed crimes against humanity.

In February 2014, UN human rights commission of Inquiry report detailing wide-range of abuses in North Korea which includes prison camps, systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.

The vote on resolution will increase political pressure on North Korea but it is largely symbolic. China would probably use its Security Council veto power to stop any ICC referral and its stance would likely be supported by Russia.

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