As support has mounted for the United Nations to launch an unprecedented probe into North Korea’s human rights abuses, the UN human rights chief has declared that the time has come for a long overdue probe into the “unparalleled rights abuses in North Korea.”
According to analysts, the investigation would be so comprehensive that it could literally help determine whether the leaders in Pyongyang are involved in crimes against humanity. Human rights conditions are thought to be among the most horrible in the world in the isolated communist state.
"We do support the establishment of enhanced mechanisms of inquiry into the DPRK's human rights violations at the U.N. Human Rights Council upcoming session," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, according to VOA News.
However, leaders in South Korea remain divided over investigating rights abuse in the North. Seoul is yet to decide whether to confront Pyongyang or try to lessen tensions with it, despite the North’s detonation of an underground nuclear bomb the previous week.
According to reports, North Korea's detention centers are a closed world of death, torment and forced labor where children are born slaves.
"People think the Holocaust is in the past, but it is still very much a reality. It is still going on in North Korea," said Shin Dong-Hyuk, who spent his first 23 years in a prison camp in the secretive country, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
According to one report, around 200,000 people are locked up in the North Korean detention camps, the deepest secrets of a lone country.
Meanwhile, Japan and a number of European Union diplomats have already indicated support for a comprehensive UN investigation into the North’s human rights abuses. However, analysts think that South Korea’s backing for the probe is extremely important, given that several countries view Seoul as a powerful actor on the North Korea policy issues.
According to reports, several South Korean leaders have become more sensitive about their decisions on the North after the later conducted a nuclear test.
The North has been saying that it is not possible for such rights infringements to take place under its socialist arrangement and views any debate about its human rights as a serious provocation.