North Korea: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th February 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations has he made to the Government of North Korea on human rights abuses in that country.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

‚ÄčThe UK has grave concerns about the human rights situation in North Korea. In our bilateral exchanges and in multilateral fora, we continue to call on the North Korean government to acknowledge and address the many reports of serious and wide-ranging human rights violations in the country. In his end of session statement at the UN General Assembly's Third Committee in November last year, my noble friend Lord Ahmad welcomed the adoption by consensus of a resolution on North Korea and the international community's resolute condemnation of the North Korean regime's human rights abuses. I made clear when I summoned the North Korean Ambassador last year in response to its ballistic missile tests that North Korea should prioritise the well-being of its people over the illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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