A key UN committee expressed "very serious concern" Thursday at widespread reports of torture and other grave human rights violations in North Korea and strongly urged the government to put an end to the violations.
North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador Pak Tok Hun rejected the resolution, calling it the result of a "political conspiracy" led by the United States against the country in an attempt to "obliterate the state and social system."
The resolution was approved by the General Assembly's human rights committee by a vote of 97-19 with 65 abstentions. It must now be approved at a plenary session of the 192-member world body, where its adoption is virtually certain.
The resolution expresses very serious concern at public executions, arbitrary detentions, limitations on freedom of movement, punishment of refugees and asylum seekers, and restrictions on freedom of speech, religion and assembly in North Korea.