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UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in DPRK to Visit ROK

Date
2017-12-07
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1. UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea) Ojea Quintana will visit the Republic of Korea from December 11 till 14.

※ The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in the DPRK was established in 2004 pursuant to Resolution 2004/13 of the then UN Commission on Human Rights to intensively probe the human rights situation in North Korea and report its outcome to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council.

- Special Rapporteur Ojea Quintana is the third such official after Special Rapporteurs Muntarbhon and Darusman.

2. On December 11, Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun will meet with Special Rapporteur Quintana for a discussion on ways to work with the UN and the rest of the international community to improve the grave human rights situation in North Korea.

3. During his visit to the ROK, Special Rapporteur Quintana will meet with officials of such government agencies as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Unification as well as North Korean defectors and members of civil society; and visit the Supreme Court.

° The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on the outcome of his visit at the Press Center, Seoul, at 2:30 pm, December 14.

4. The purpose of Special Rapporteur Quintana’s visit to the ROK, his third after he took up the post in August 2016, is to gather information necessary for writing a report that will be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in February 2018.


* unofficial translation