[KS] Wilson Center Documents Cited in UN Report on Human Rights in North Korea

Yoo Kwang-On almakoreana at gmail.com
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 CWIHP Documents Cited in UN Report on Human Rights in North Korea

Dear Friends of CWIHP,

Documents from the archives of North Korea's former communist allies,
obtained, translated, and disseminated by the Wilson Center's Cold War
International History Project (CWIHP) were quoted from and cited ten times
in the United Nations report on human rights in North Korea, released in
February 2014.

The "Report of the Detailed Findings of the Commission of Inquiry on Human
Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" (A/HRC/25/CRP.1) was
written by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The Commission of Inquiry was
established in March 2013 with the mandate to investigate the systematic,
widespread, and grave violations of human rights in North Korea.

CWIHP materials cited by the Commission of Inquiry include Soviet, Polish,
(East) German, and Hungarian reports on the start of the Korean War; North
Korea's treatment of South Korean prisoners of war (POWs) from 1950 through
1953; the institutionalization of North Korea's *Juche *ideology and the
growth of the Kim Il Sung cult of personality; the expansion of North
Korea's internal security system; and hardships faced by Koreans
repatriated to North Korea from Japan in the 1950s and 1960s. These and
other documents which bear on North Korea's human rights record are made
freely available through the Wilson Center's Digital Archive (
www.DigitalArchive.org <http://go.wilsoncenter.org/219MVU6430002me000dzq00>
).

The Commission of Inquiry found that systematic, widespread, and gross
human rights violations have been, and are being, committed by the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea and that crimes against humanity have
been committed by officials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The Commission of Inquiry will present a written report with its findings
and recommendations to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March
2014.

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