North Korea Outright Denies Committing Crimes Against Humanity

By Julie Inglese

A U.N. panel presented findings this month indicating that potentially hundreds of officers in North Korea have committed crimes against humanity, including: systematic torture, starvation, and killing of its people.

North Korea completely rejected the findings, saying they were based on “lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs.”

The North’s formal rejection of the report came after the U.N. human rights chief urged world powers to refer the state to the International Criminal Court. However, Eurasia Review explains that  this referral is extremely unlikely because of “China’s probable veto of any such move in the UN Security Council.”

Only time can tell if the report will impact the regime, but defectors who fled the North, including prison camp survivors, expressed skepticism about a resulting change.