“UN Security Council, 3 years in a row on the 9th, private discussion ‘North Korean human rights'”

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Correspondent Kim Ji-yeon = The United Nations Security Council (Security Council) will discuss the human rights situation in North Korea privately on the 9th (local time), Voice of America (VOA) reported on the 7th.

According to reports, the Security Council treats North Korean human rights as ‘Action to be Negotiated Off the Agenda (AOB)’ and proceeds in a secretive manner so that the contents of each member’s comments are not known to the world outside.

This is the seventh time that the Security Council has held a meeting to discuss the human rights situation in North Korea, and this is the third year in a row that it has been held behind closed doors.

Since the Security Council held its first public meeting in 2014 when the final report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI) came out, related discussions have been held every year until 2017. It did not convene

The meeting was called in 2020, but was held behind closed doors as China and Russia opposed open meetings, and the same was true last year.

To have an open discussion, at least 9 out of 15 member states must agree.

Around December 10, ‘International Human Rights Day,’ the United States has promoted a meeting on the human rights situation in North Korea in the United Nations Security Council. It is not known if the United States called the meeting again this time.

Meanwhile, 45 organisations, including the Human Rights Commission in North Korea (HRNK), and five prominent figures, including British Senator David Alton and former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea Thomas Ohea Quintana, sent letters encouraging members of the Security Council to resume open discussions on the human rights situation in North Korea.

In the letter, they noted that the UN Security Council has suspended public discussions on human rights in North Korea since 2018, saying, “This may send the wrong message to the North Korean authorities that it is okay to continue to carry out human rights violations are irresponsible.”

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