UN officials: South Korea’s human rights issues need to be resolved before the two Koreas cooperate

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea, Quintana, said at the Korea News Center in Seoul on the 11th that it is necessary to agree on how to resolve North Korea’s human rights issues before the South-North Korea cooperation project.

South Korea’s joint news agency pointed out that Tomas Ojea Quintana said that North and South Korea are currently discussing cooperation plans for cross-border railway docking, and both sides should negotiate on the labor standards applicable to North Korean workers involved in construction projects in order to promote On the occasion of the denuclearization of the peninsula and the peace process, the North Korean people will bring practical benefits.

In the New Year message, Kim Jong-un, chairman of the North Korean Affairs Committee, said in his New Year message that “it will be regarded as a party and a national responsibility to substantially improve people’s living standards.” Quintana said that this shows that North Korea is aware of the economic and social difficulties it faces. Trying to develop a solution for this.

The report pointed out that for the 12 Chinese North Korean restaurant waiters who collectively went to South Korea in 2016, they hope to return to North Korea. Quintana said that the South Korean National Human Rights Commission is investigating this issue. Regardless of the conclusion, I hope that North and South Korea will not This issue is politicized, and the choice of North Korean waiters should be respected.

The report pointed out that this is the fifth time Quintana visited South Korea. During his visit to Korea, he interviewed relevant people from South Korean government, North Korean, and the Red Cross, the National Human Rights Commission and civil society groups. He will be in March. The UN Human Rights Council reports relevant results.

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