Christian Solidarity Worldwide appeals to EU to investigate humanitarian crimes in N. Korea
A Christian group will host a delegation of North Korean experts to urge the European Union to investigate human rights violations in North Korea.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a nongovernmental organization for Christians, will send the appeal to the EU for the formation of a UN Commission of Inquiry that will investigate humanitarian crimes committed in N. Korea, according to their website.
The CSW said there is a “prima facie case of crimes against humanity committed by the [North Korean] regime, including murder, extermination, enslavement/forced labor, forcible transfer of population, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, persecution, enforced disappearances of persons, and other inhumane acts. The use of public executions as a method of generating fear and obedience is also illegal under international law,” the CSW website said.
Stuard Windsor, CSW’s National Director said, “CSW believes that establishing a commission of inquiry is an important step towards addressing the culture of impunity surrounding the abuses perpetrated by the North Korean regime against its people,” the website said.
Included in the group will be Guang-il Jung, a N. Korean defector who is currently based in South Korea; and Tae Kung Ha, a human rights defender from South Korea. The delegation has met with representatives from the French Foreign Ministry, the Belgian Foreign Ministry and the European Commission to discuss the upcoming U.N. General Assembly resolution on North Korea, the CSW website said.
Jung, the N. Korean defector, is currently working for the Democracy Network Against North Korean Gulag. In July 1999 he was arrested on false charges by North Korean security agents and tortured in an underground cell for nine months, the CSW website said.
Jung was forced to sign a false confession, and was then confined at the notorious Yodeok penal colony, where for three years he suffered from malnutrition and forced labor. In 2003 he fled the country and reached S. Korea the following year, the CSW website said.
The S. Korean delegate, Ha, has helped many N. Koreans cross the border into China. A former Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC, Ha is currently the director of Crimes Against Humanity Investigation Committee, the CSW website said.
The EU is in the process of constructing the yearly UN General Assembly resolution on human rights in North Korea, which they will introduce in October. CSW had sent letters to all EU foreign ministers of all member states last month to appeal for the formation of the UN Commission of Inquiry, the CSW website said.