UN official backs N. Korea abuses despite defector's changes

January 23, 2015 12:12 PM

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TOKYO (AP) — The United Nations' official in charge of investigating human rights violations in North Korea said Friday he stands by U.N. findings of widespread abuses there despite recent backtracking by a prominent defector on the details of his life in the North's prison system.

Marzuki Darusman said that although defector-turned-activist Shin Dong-hyuk has revised some of the details of his story, it remains for the most part valid and represents the experiences of just one of hundreds of defectors interviewed by the U.N.'s commission of inquiry.

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