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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in a photo from an agriculture competition released last week by North Korea’s Central News Agency. UN investigators have advised him that he could be liable for crimes against humanity.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in a photo from an agriculture competition released last week by North Korea’s Central News Agency. UN investigators have advised him that he could be liable for crimes against humanity.
(KCNA/Reuters)

Nathan VanderKlippe

Why won’t China call out North Korea on charges of Nazi-like abuses?

The United Nations report on North Korea’s human rights record is a 372-page catalogue of horror. It is also a bid to personally hold Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to account for the country’s conduct – a lengthy list of current and historical wrongdoing that includes forcing women to kill their own children, abducting vast numbers of people (including more than 200,000 foreigners) and deliberate starvation, not to mention torture, forced abortions and public executions of its citizens. The commission’s report compares North Korea’s record to that of Nazi Germany, and specifically calls on the UN Security Council to “refer the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court for action.”