North Korea rejects UN human rights report as 'lies and fabrications'

By REUTERS
February 22, 2014 16:08




North Korea on Saturday rejected the findings of a UN panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on "lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs."

North Korean security chiefs and even Kim Jong Un should face international prosecution for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings of its people, UN investigators said on Monday in a report.

The unprecedented public rebuke to a head of state by a UN commission is likely to further antagonize Kim, but activists and defectors who fled the North including prison camp survivors expressed scepticism that the report will have any impact on the regime.

The North's foreign ministry said it categorically rejects the report by the UN Commission of Inquiry, which it said was "set up the US and its satellite forces out of inveterate repugnance towards the DPRK."

DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and the comments were carried by the official KCNA news agency.

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