Widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea


ICYMI, earlier this week, the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry released a report on the human rights situtaion in the DPRK.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se after their meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2013.

Key Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 22nd Session

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council, spoke at the Human Rights Council March 21 to introduce the resolution on Sri Lanka sponsored by the United States and 40 other countries, Geneva, Switzerland, March 21, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe serves as the U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council.

The Human Rights Council 22nd Session, which ended on March 22, was one of the most significant in the Council’s short history. The packed agenda and vast portfolio of country situations and human rights issues addressed over the past four weeks are clear evidence of the Council’s ability to serve as the lead entity in the UN for promoting and protecting human rights.

In addition to the Council’s official agenda, nearly 150 different parallel events sponsored by civil society and governments took place, a clear signal that human rights defenders consider the Council a crucial venue for their work. When Shin Dong Hyuk, a young man who escaped from the brutal North Korean labor camp in which he had been born and grew up, gave compelling testimony at an event organized by a leading NGO, it was clear that the Council can and does bring the reality of human rights issues… more »

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies delivers remarks on North Korea at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on January 23, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/rm/2013/01/203145.htm

Statement from NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on North Korea’s Missile Launch

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
December 11, 2012

North Korea’s launch today—using ballistic missile technology despite express prohibitions by United Nations Security Council resolutions—is a highly provocative act that threatens regional security, directly violates United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874, contravenes North Korea’s international obligations, and undermines the global non-proliferation regime.  This action is yet another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behavior.  The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and fully committed to the security of our allies in the region. Given this current threat to regional security, the United States will strengthen and increase our close coordination with allies and partners.

On April 16, 2012, the United Nations Security Council expressed its “determination to take action accordingly in the event of a further [North Korean] launch.”  In the hours and days ahead, the United States will work with its Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue appropriate action.  The international community must work in a concerted fashion to send North Korea a clear message that its violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions have consequences.  The international community continues to insist that North Korea live up to its commitments, adhere to its international obligations, and deal peacefully with its neighbors.

North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in such provocative acts.  Devoting scarce resources to the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons has not brought it security and acceptance by the international community—and never will.  North Korea will only truly strengthen itself by abiding by international norms, living up to its commitments and international obligations, and working to feed its citizens, to educate its children, and to win the trust of its neighbors.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell comments on North Korea at the United Nations in New York, New York on April 16, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice comments on North Korea and Guinea Bissau at the United Nations in New York, New York on April 13, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

G8 Foreign Ministers Statement
Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 12, 2012

Following is the text of a statement released on behalf of the G8 Foreign Ministers:

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We, the G-8 Foreign Ministers, condemn the launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which is a violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1695, 1718, and 1874. Sharing the view that the launch undermines regional peace and stability, we call on the DPRK to abstain from further launches using ballistic missile technology or other actions which aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula. We are ready to consider, with others, taking measures responding to all activities of the DPRK that violate UN Security Council Resolutions, and calling for appropriate response by the United Nations Security Council. We urge the DPRK to meet its international commitments including those under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks; comply with its obligations under all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, in particular by abandoning all its nuclear weapons and its existing nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner; cease its uranium enrichment activities, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874; and take concrete and irreversible steps toward denuclearization.

In Seoul, President Obama Discusses Efforts To Stop the Spread of Nuclear Weapons

President Barack Obama deliver remarks at Hankuk University in Seoul, South Korea, March 26, 2012. [AP Photo]

Today, President Barack Obama continued his visit to South Korea, where he held bilateral meetings with President Hu Jintao of ChinaPresident Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, and President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia.

More than 50 world leaders are currently attending the… more »