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U.N., U.S. officials due in Seoul over N. Korea's human rights abuse

All Headlines 09:33 November 04, 2014

SEOUL, Nov. 4 (Yonhap) -- Two of the most symbolic figures in the international community's campaign against North Korea's human rights abuse will travel to Seoul next week amid efforts to bring the issue to the International Criminal Court (ICC), diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

Marzuki Darusman, U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea, plans to visit Seoul from Monday through Friday, according to the sources.

Robert King, U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will make a separate three-day trip starting Tuesday, they added.

Darusman and King are scheduled to meet with senior foreign and unification ministry officials as well as representatives from groups working to address the North's human rights issue.

Their trips, ostensibly intended for regular consultations, come at a time when the importance of international cooperation is growing over the chronic problem.

In October, the European Union and Japan circulated a draft resolution that would call on the U.N. to recommend the referral of North Korea to the ICC for crimes against humanity.

The Third Committee, in charge of human rights affairs, will soon vote on the resolution, followed by a vote at the General Assembly.

North Korea has strongly protested against the push for the resolution.



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