Resolution On North Korean Human Rights Submitted To UN Committee For Approval

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NEW YORK/SEOUL -- A draft resolution on North Korea's human rights violation was submitted to the United Nations' Third Committee for approval, calling for the referral of the country's rights violations to the International Criminal Court (ICC), South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The resolution, drafted by the European Union and Japan, was submitted Tuesday (New York time) and will be circulated among the UN member countries before the Third Committee processes it for approval around Nov 14, according to UN sources.

The draft, if passed through the committee, would be put to a vote at the UN General Assembly around mid-December. If adopted, it will be the UN's 13th annual resolution on the North Korean human rights condition in a row since the first resolution in 2005.

Like in past years, this year's draft resolution condemns North Korea's extensive human rights violations and calls for addressing the situation, according to the sources.

It newly urges the provision of consular protection measures for foreigners detained by the North Korean authorities while voicing concerns over the suspension of reunions between Korean families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the sources also noted.

The draft again holds North Korean leadership-controlled institutions accountable for human rights violations as it did last year, virtually blaming North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

It also urged the referral of the country's human rights situation to the ICC, according to the sources.

The EU representative to the UN told the Washington, DC-based Voice of America that the draft also points to a connection between the regime's funneling of funds to its nuclear weapons program and the country's dire human rights. It also urged all the UN member countries not to allow in North Korean laborers, according to the report.