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U.N. envoy in S. Korea for March report on N. Korean human rights

All Headlines 14:18 January 07, 2019

Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea began a trip here Monday meant to collect information for his spring report on the communist nation's human rights situation.

Tomas Ojea Quintana met with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lee Tae-ho for closed-door discussions on the matter.

He arrived in Seoul earlier in the day for a five-day stay, his fifth trip to the city not far away from North Korea since taking up the post in March 2016.

South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lee Tae-ho (R) talks with Tomas Ojea Quintana, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, in Seoul on Jan. 7, 2019. (Yonhap)

He made his previous trip to Seoul in July last year, during which he sat down with government officials and some former female North Korean workers who had defected to the South.

He publicly called for a thorough probe into whether they really wanted to come to the South from China in 2016. He said they might be victims of a defection scam in which South Korea's intelligence authorities were involved under the conservative Park Geun-hye administration at that time.

The envoy plans to submit a regular report on his findings and recommendations to the U.N. Human Rights Council in March.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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