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North Korea: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2194, tabled on 11 October 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for not imposing human rights sanctions against designated North Korean persons suspected of mass human rights violations and crimes against humanity.

Answered on

20 October 2016

We continue to have discussions with international partners about ways to increase the pressure on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to improve its appalling human rights record. We are currently discussing a response to the DPRK's nuclear and ballistic missile programme at the UN Security Council. We are also discussing a further resolution on DPRK human rights at the UN General Assembly Third Committee to maintain the focus of international attention on their appalling human rights record.

We will always consider the full range of measures at our disposal and carefully consider the impact and benefits of sanctions measures before they are imposed. These considerations include our ability to defend the legality of the sanctions should they be challenged under EU law and the likelihood of achieving our objective of a denuclearised DPRK which abides by international norms and respects the human rights of its citizens.