Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: UN human rights expert to visit Seoul

Genev, November 07,  2014.-The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Marzuki Darusman, will visit the Republic of Korea (RoK) from 10 to 14 November 2014 to gather the latest information on inter-Korean relations that can affect the human rights of the North Korean people.

This is the first visit by the Special Rapporteur since the special commission of inquiry on the situation of human rights in DPRK submitted its landmark report* to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014.

“I will use this fact-finding mission to Seoul to obtain further information on the alleged human rights violations, and some of the immediate humanitarian needs, of the people of DPRK,” said the independent expert appointed by the Council to investigate and report on the situation of human rights in DPRK.

The DPRK Government has recently invited the Special Rapporteur to visit the country, but the invitation is yet to be formalized.

During his five-day visit to the Republic of Korea, the Special Rapporteur will meet with State officials, Members of Parliament, civil society and other stakeholders.

At the end of his visit, the UN human rights expert will hold a press conference at 11:00 local time on Friday 14 November 2014, at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul.

The information the Special Rapporteur will gather during his mission to RoK will be reflected in his report to the Human Rights Council in March 2015.

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