Korean media: The United Nations intends to push Kim Jong Un to the International Court of Justice for crimes against humanity
Yonhap News Agency, United Nations Headquarters, October 10th. On the 8th, the United Nations circulated privately the draft resolution on human rights in North Korea prepared by the European Union (EU), which included pushing North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong Un and other relevant North Korean personnel who committed crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court ( ICC) accept trial.
An unnamed UN source said in an interview with Yonhap News that today the UN privately circulated the draft resolution on North Korea’s human rights. The draft mainly involves the transfer of cases involving Kim Jong Un and other North Korean leaders committing crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court. He said that although the North Korean human rights resolution is only a draft so far, this is the first time that Kim Jong Un and other North Korean leaders have been brought to the International Court of Justice. As for other content, he said it is not convenient to disclose it.
The UN Human Rights Council International Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COl) pointed out in the North Korean Human Rights Report released in February this year that the human rights violations committed by North Korea are crimes against humanity, and North Korea has committed crimes against humanity in an organized and widespread manner. Therefore, the United Nations should impose sanctions on this through the trial of the International Criminal Court or the establishment of special courts. The UN Human Rights Council submitted the COI report to the Security Council in March and passed the North Korean human rights resolution. The core content of the resolution is that North Korean leaders who violate human rights should be subject to international judicial sanctions. In April, the Security Council held an informal meeting to discuss the human rights issue in North Korea. Since the meeting was held in private and there were no permanent members of China and Russia attending the meeting, the meeting had certain limitations.
The human rights resolution prepared by the EU is a draft, and the EU may also change the specific content during the finalization of the resolution. Therefore, it cannot be completely ruled out that the content that brought Kim Jong Un and other North Korean leaders to the International Court of Justice will be withdrawn. However, due to North Korea’s recent rebuttals on human rights issues and the reservations of some permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations has adopted a voting method to make final decisions on the bills on North Korea’s human rights issues, instead of giving up the way that participants reached agreements on the bills in the past. Therefore, the content that pushed Kim Jong Un and other North Korean leaders to the international court is more likely to be included in the resolution.