UN expert on North Korean human rights to visit Seoul

GENEVA / SEOUL (3 January 2019) – A UN expert on human rights in North Korea will visit the South Korean capital Seoul from 7 to 11 January.

Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, will meet with senior members of the South Korean Government, members of the diplomatic community, as well as representatives of the civil society and other stakeholders. He will also interview people who have recently escaped the DPRK and collect information on the current human rights situation inside the country.

Despite repeated requests for a country visit, the DPRK has not granted the UN expert access to the country.

The Special Rapporteur regularly visits the region and reports annually to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. The upcoming visit is his fifth to the Republic of Korea since his appointment by the Human Rights Council in March 2016. He last visited Seoul in July 2018.

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on Friday 11 January, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (local time) at the Korea Press Center (124, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu), Seoul. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

Ojea Quintana will report his findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in March 2019.


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