UN committee criticizes NKorea human rights

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 19, 2010 02:54

UNITED NATIONS — A key UN committee expressed "very serious concern" Thursday about North Korea's widespread and grave violations of virtually all human rights, from its use of torture to severe restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly and religion.

North Korean deputy ambassador Pak Tok Hun said his country "categorically rejects" the resolution by the General Assembly's human rights committee, calling it "an illegal document" cooked up by the United States and its supporters that "recklessly encroaches upon our sovereignty."

The human rights committee voted 103-18 with 60 abstentions to strongly urge North Korea's government to immediately end "the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights."


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