China refuses to acknowledge UN report on North Korea human rights abuses

China refuses to acknowledge UN report on North Korea human rights abuses

The Chinese government has refused to acknowledge the UN report accusing North Korea of grave human rights abuses.

The report, published in February, held the North Korean state culpable of Nazi-style mass killings and tortures, and recommended the guilty officials be tried in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

China’s refusal to admit North Korea’s accountability in the state-sanctioned abuse of citizens has confirmed the international community’s fears that Beijing will veto any initiative to refer the pariah state to the ICC.

Diplomats and defectors had warned the UN panel that China will block any move to prosecute North Korea.

Chen Chuandong, counsellor at the Chinese mission in Geneva, expressed his doubts at the credibility of the UN report, saying that much of the information was gathered from defectors and victims settled abroad, without any cooperation from North Korea.

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