UN rights forum sets up group to pursue crimes by North Korea

March 24, 2016 00:08

GENEVA - The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday set up a group of independent experts to study how to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against humanity committed by North Korea, but Pyongyang immediately rejected the move as politically motivated.

The 47-member forum adopted by consensus a resolution brought by the European Union and Japan, but the delegations of Russia and China took the floor before the decision to say that they "disassociated" themselves from the consensus.

The Council called on the experts to "recommend practical mechanisms of accountability to secure truth and justice for the victims of possible crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, including the International Criminal Court."

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