WASHINGTON — The United Nations will bring charges against the North Korean regime, led by current Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, of ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings similar to the Nazi Germany era.
Reuters reported that the investigators advised Kim Jong-Un in a letter, warning him that he could be charged by the International Criminal Court (known as the ICC) along with other regime officials.
The U.N. Commission of Inquiry sought to “galvanize action on the part of the international community,” as commission chairman Michael Kirby told the press. Kirby, a former chief justice in Australia, said, “These are not the occasional wrongs that can be done by officials everywhere in the world, they are wrongs against humanity, they are wrongs that shock the consciousness of humanity.”
The North Korean government denounced the report, accusing the U.S., Japan and European Union as backing the report and providing fake material and evidence. But, this case will not be referred to the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court (ICC) in the city of The Hague because China holds a veto in the U.N. Security Council.
China is closely tied to North Korea, and Kirby said that China could be “aiding and abetting crimes against humanity” by sending fleeing North Korean migrants and defectors back to their country.
The report took a year of investigations, based on testimonies of defectors and former prison camp guards at hearings across the world. Defectors located in South Korea, Japan, Great Britain and the United States provided tragic yet detailed accounts of torture and executions.
One survivor, Shin Dong-hyuk, told of his life at a prison camp and his eventual escape. In his book, “Escape from Camp 14,” he said that he told a prison guard of a plot by his mother and brother to escape and they were summarily executed. He was thirteen years old at the time.
Kirby called these crimes “strikingly similar” to crimes committed during Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.