Seoul, Feb. 16 (Reuters): The United Nations after a year of investigation is set to release a detailed report on human rights violations in North Korea that could pave the way for criminal prosecution in an international court.
But defectors from the country who have provided first-hand testimony of atrocities are deeply sceptical the report, to be issued tomorrow, will have any effect on the regime in Pyongyang.
The UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea was set up last March to begin building a case for possible criminal prosecution.
Michael Kirby, who chairs the independent inquiry, said after preliminary findings last year that inmates in North Korea’s prison camps suffered “unspeakable atrocities”, comparable with Nazi abuses uncovered after World War II.
But any attempt to follow up the final report with prosecution will most likely be blocked by China.