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United Nations: South Korea

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL126, tabled on 1 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed United Nations field office in South Korea will monitor human rights violations in North Korea; and what is their assessment of the state of progress in establishing that office.

Answered on

4 June 2015

The UN Human Rights Council mandated the UN field office in Seoul to monitor and document the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in resolution A/HRC/RES/25/25. This resolution also mandates the field office to enhance the engagement and capacity-building of various stakeholders and to maintain the visibility of the human rights situation in the DPRK. The UK supported this resolution and looks forward to the opening of the field office. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva have advised us that the field office should become operational this month.