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Send North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the ICC

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Dear Members of the United Nations Security Council,

I urge you to take action concerning the grave human rights abuses committed in North Korea by referring the situation to the International Criminal Court.

As you know, a 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry on North Korea concluded that “the gravity, scale and nature of violations” in that country “reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”

The report found “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations” that amount to “crimes against humanity” which are “based on State policies.” The responsibility for these crimes reaches many branches of the North Korean government, and traces its way to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

The Commission of Inquiry cited grave crimes committed by Kim Jong-un’s regime, including:

  • Extermination
  • Murder
  • Enslavement
  • Torture
  • Imprisonment
  • Rape
  • Forced abortions
  • Sexual violence
  • Persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds
  • Enforced disappearances
  • Starvation

Indeed, an estimated 100,000 North Koreans are imprisoned in concentration camps. Hundreds of thousands more are deprived of food and other basic needs. These crimes against humanity, according to the UN commission of inquiry, are caused by the regime’s “policies, institutions and patterns of impunity.”

The international community can no longer be silent. I call upon you, members of the UN Security Council, to take action to protect the suffering people of North Korea by referring Kim Jong-un to the ICC.

Sincerely,

 

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