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Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 4 July 2017.

This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation. The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations.

The Secretary-General underlines the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 4 July 2017

“Unspeakable atrocities” reported by the UN Inquiry into the Human Rights Situation in North Korea

Michael Kirby, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), speaks at an interactive dialogue with the Human Rights Council. 17 September 2013 Geneva, Switzerland Photo # 560998The head of a UN-appointed inquiry into human rights in North Korea reported Tuesday that testimony heard so far by his panel pointed to widespread and serious violations in every area it had been asked to investigate. “What we have seen and heard so far – the specificity, detail and shocking character of Continue reading

UN inquiry on human rights in North Korea set to begin hearings in Japan

Michael Kirby (centre), Chairperson of the of the Commission of Inquiry on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), speaks at a press conference given by the Commission. Mr. Kirby is flanked by Marzuki Darusman (left), Special Rapporteur on the DPRK, and Sonja Biserko, Founder and President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia.   The three Commissioners welcomed the large amount of information being provided by witnesses and experts in efforts to investigate human rights violations in the DPRK and said they intend to continue to reach out to the Government of the DPRK and to seek its cooperation. 05 July 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandA United Nations commission of inquiry examining the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea moves this week to Japan, where it will hold two days of public hearings that will include testimony on the abductions of Japanese nationals to the DPRK. Continue reading

UN panel set to begin hearings into human rights in DPRK

Michael Kirby, Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Photo: Jean-Marc FerréA United Nations-mandated commission looking into the human rights situation in North Korea will begin a series of public hearings in Seoul next week aimed at gathering information from a variety of witnesses, including those who recently fled the Asian nation. Continue reading

World cereal production set to reach historic high in 2013

Wheat harvestWorld total cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to last year, helping to replenish global inventories and raise expectations for more stable markets in 2013/14, according to the latest issue of FAO’s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Continue reading

UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK begins operations

Michael Kirby (centre), Chairperson of the of the Commission of Inquiry on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), speaks at a press conference given by the Commission. Mr. Kirby is flanked by Marzuki Darusman (left), Special Rapporteur on the DPRK, and Sonja Biserko, Founder and President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia.   The three Commissioners welcomed the large amount of information being provided by witnesses and experts in efforts to investigate human rights violations in the DPRK and said they intend to continue to reach out to the Government of the DPRK and to seek its cooperation. 05 July 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandThe United Nations Commission set up to investigate human rights violations in North Korea has begun its operations with an initial meeting in Geneva. The three Commissioners welcomed the large amount of information that is already being provided by witnesses and experts. The UN Human Rights Council established the Continue reading

UN Secretary-General on an official visit to China

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China. 19 June 2013 Beijing, China Meeting with Chinese leaders in Beijing, Secretary – General Ban Ki-moon discussed a range topics central to the agenda of the United Nations regarding peace and security, human rights and development, as well as the situation in Syria and the Korean peninsula. In talks with President Xi Jinping, Mr. Ban commended China for its commitment to  Continue reading

UN welcomes new agreement between Seoul & Pyongyang

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick BajornasSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea on their agreement to hold talks. “This is an encouraging development towards reducing tensions and promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” his spokesperson said in a statement. Continue reading

Australia’s Michael Kirby appointed to the UN Human Rights Commission of Inquiry on North Korea

The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Remigiusz A. Henczel (Poland), announced today the appointment of Michael Donald Kirby of Australia and Sonja Biserko of Serbia who will join Marzuki Darusman, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to serve as the members of the commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, mandated by the Council at its last session. Mr. Kirby will serve as Chair of the three-person commission. Continue reading