GENEVA - North Korean camp survivors suffered "starvation and unspeakable atrocities", evidence of widespread and systematic violations by the state, UN human rights investigators said on Tuesday.
Michael Kirby, head of the independent inquiry, said testimony from North Korean exiles, including former political prison camps inmates, given at public hearings in Seoul and Tokyo last month, suggested a pattern of behaviour by the state.
"They are representative of large-scale patterns that may constitute systematic and gross human rights violations," Kirby told the UN Human Rights Council of the team's first report.
He said the independent inquiry would seek to determine which North Korean institutions and officials were responsible.
The commission of inquiry was launched by the Geneva forum in March to investigate violations in the secretive impoverished state, including possible crimes against humanity.