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North Korea: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2193, tabled on 11 October 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 June (HL392), whether the British Embassy in North Korea had presented a copy of the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to North Korean officials by 10 October.

Answered on

21 October 2016

As stated in answer HL392, the British Embassy in Pyongyang presented the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) with a statement supporting the UN Commission of Inquiry's (COI) findings from the former Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire). This statement was rejected by the MFA. The DPRK is fully aware of the COI report's findings, but refuses to substantively engage on human rights issues and regularly denounces the UN COI report as a politically motivated fabrication.