A United Nations expert described North Korea’s serial human rights abuses as creating an “extremely serious” situation in the communist country during a visit to South Korea on Friday, urging Pyongyang to allow U.N. inspections and the world to resolve the current sanctions situation on the country.
According to Reuters, the report is meant for the U.N. Human Rights Council, whose membership includes serial human rights violators and North Korea allied states such as China, Cuba, Burkina Faso, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Quintana also reportedly urged the international community to “address” the unprecedentedly tough sanctions regime currently imposed on North Korea through the United Nations Security Council.
International human rights groups estimate that as many as 200,000 people live in North Korean labor camps, many without having committed any alleged crime – arrests last generations, meaning many inmates are born in the prison and spend their entire lives there.
Last month, the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun condemned the U.N. General Assembly for passing a resolution urging North Korea to end its “systematic, widespread and gross” human rights abuses.