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UN General Assembly Passes Resolution Condeming North Korean Atrocities


Date:               November 22, 2014


UN General Assembly Passes Resolution 
 On Wednesday, October 22nd officials from North Korea went to the United Nations to defend themselves after a resolution started circulating proposing that action be taken by the UN Security Council authorizing the International Criminal Court to investigate the human rights abuses committed within the nation. This resolution was overwhelmingly passed by the General Assembly on November 14, and acknowledges that there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea. Jubilee Campaign was pleased to play a role in accrediting delegates to participate in the events leading up to the vote at the United Nations. Jubilee Campaign, which serves as treasurer to the North Korean Freedom Coalition, aims to bring freedom, human rights, and dignity to the North Korean people. Help us in our efforts to bring justice to the North Korean government and freedom to the people by donating to our North Korean Freedom Fund!
To read more about the current political, military, human rights, or social situation in North Korea, view the US-Korea Institute at SAIS's North Korea Daily News Brief. Click here.
UN Passes Resolution A/C.3/69/L.28/Rev.1
UN Passes Measure Condemning N. Korean Abuses

A United Nations General Assembly committee on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a draft resolution recommending that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court.

The non-binding resolution passed 111-19, with 55 nations abstaining. The measure recommends not only referring Pyongyang to the ICC for crimes against humanity but also "targeted sanctions."

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