Anxious North Korea faces key vote in UN on human rights, possible criminal court referral

November 18, 2014 5:15 AM

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UNITED NATIONS – An anxious North Korea will see Tuesday how the boldest effort yet to bring its leaders to account for alleged crimes against humanity will move forward, as the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee votes on a resolution that demands the country's referral to the International Criminal Court.

The vote follows a groundbreaking U.N. commission of inquiry report on North Korea early this year that declared the country's human rights situation "exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror." Based on interviews with dozens of people who had fled the country, the report detailed abuses...

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