Prominent defector says North Korea has taken his father hostage

October 28, 2014 10:15 AM

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Prominent defector says North Korea has taken his father hostage

SEOUL (Reuters) - A prominent North Korean defector who has advocated U.N. action to stop the country's human rights abuses said on Tuesday authorities have taken his father hostage in a campaign to discredit his story of survival and escape from a prison camp.

North Korea has been on a diplomatic campaign to counter charges by a U.N. commission that highlighted widespread human rights abuses and a move by some member states to refer it to an international tribunal for crimes against humanity.

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