Geneva Council Stands in Solidarity with UN Security Council’s Initiative to Address Human Rights Abuses in North Korea


The Geneva Council stands firmly behind the forthcoming United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session focused on human rights violations in North Korea. The session, scheduled for August 17, marks a pivotal moment in addressing a critical issue that has long warranted global attention.

In a joint effort driven by the United States, Albania, Japan, and South Korea, the UNSC has responded to an urgent call to action, signifying the first official public meeting dedicated to the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) since 2017. This collective endeavor underscores the undeniable link between human rights abuses and their impact on international peace and security.

Linda Thomas Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and current chair of the UNSC, eloquently expressed the gravity of this meeting. Ambassador Greenfield’s words resonated as she articulated the importance of addressing these issues, emphasizing that the discussions are long overdue. The joint statement by the United States, Albania, Japan, and South Korea echoed her sentiments, asserting that North Korea’s human rights violations directly contribute to the advancement of its prohibited weapons programs, including weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.

Under the leadership of Ambassador Thomas Greenfield during this U.S. presidency, the UNSC will convene on August 17 to engage in these vital deliberations. The council members will be enriched by the insights of distinguished experts, including U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, and U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK, Elizabeth Salmón. Their briefings will undoubtedly shed light on the intricate complexities of the human rights situation in North Korea.

While North Korea has consistently contested allegations of human rights abuses, attributing adverse humanitarian conditions to sanctions, the international community remains committed to seeking the truth and advocating for positive change. Despite past reservations from certain quarters, this session is anticipated to proceed, as procedural votes of this nature are not subject to veto by the council’s permanent members.

The Geneva Council applauds the UN Security Council’s steadfast determination to address human rights concerns in North Korea. This session exemplifies the power of international collaboration and demonstrates a shared commitment to upholding human dignity and global stability. As an independent news organization, we pledge our support to disseminating accurate and insightful coverage of this landmark event.

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