Cuba challenges resolution on North

Home > National > Politics

print dictionary print

Cuba challenges resolution on North


UNITED NATIONS - Cuba is challenging a resolution in the UN General Assembly on human rights in North Korea, seeking to cut key language about a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) that has Pyongyang nervous.

The draft amendment, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, warns that such language sets “a dangerous precedent that could be applied in the future against any developing country.”

North Korea has been shaken this year by a groundbreaking UN commission of inquiry report that detailed widespread human rights abuses in the impoverished but nuclear-armed country and warned that leader Kim Jong-un could be held accountable.

The General Assembly resolution drafted by the European Union (EU) and Japan has more than 50 co-sponsors, but Cuba’s proposal is aimed at gaining the support of developing countries in Africa and elsewhere. Some have bristled at the idea of country-specific resolutions, worrying that they could be targeted, too.

A North Korean official who answered the phone at that country’s mission said he didn’t know how many countries were backing Cuba’s amendment and wasn’t able to comment further. The phone rang unanswered at Cuba’s mission on Wednesday afternoon.

Japanese Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa told the AP that “for sure” the EU-Japan resolution has more support among UN member states.

Yoshikawa also rejected North Korea’s recent efforts to try to get the language on the ICC referral removed in exchange for allowing a visit by the UN special rapporteur on North Korea or even the new UN high commissioner for human rights.

“This should not be linked as a bargain or a negotiation,” the ambassador said.

The EU-Japan resolution, which is expected to face a vote in the General Assembly’s human rights committee on Tuesday, would need the support of a simple majority to move to the full 193-member body. But if the amendment makes it to a vote and gets a simple majority, the resolution would be changed.

Lobbying for both approaches is now under way. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and six other groups this week wrote to UN member states urging their support for the resolution, saying it “is the best way for the international community to encourage North Korea to make genuine progress in its respect for human rights.”

The resolution, which would be non-binding, echoes the recommendations of the UN commission of inquiry report, saying the UN Security Council should refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the ICC. AP



More in Politics

Confirmation hearing

Police apologize for misleading public on alleged assault case

Justice Party head admits sexual assault, steps down

DP aims to pass legislation to support small businesses

Britain accepts Korea's P4G invite, and Korea at G7 likely

Log in to Twitter or Facebook account to connect
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
help-image Social comment?
lock icon

To write comments, please log in to one of the accounts.

Standards Board Policy (0/250자)

What’s Popular Now