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An International Commission Of Inquiry Presented It's Findings On Human Rights Abuses In North Korea To The U.N. Human Rights Council In Geneva Monday. The Three-Member Commission Was Formed By The Council Last March Led By Australian Jurist Michael Kirby. It Has Been Described As The Most Serious International Effort To Date To Document Evidence Of Systematic And Grave Rights Violations That Could Amount To Crimes Against Humanity. The Commission Interviewed Defectors, Witnesses And Experts Who Detailed Decades Of Systematic Executions, Torture, Rape And Mass Starvation In The North's Prison Network. Pyongyang Has Refused To Take Part In The Investigation And Has Rejected The Commission's Report. A Draft Resolution Is Being Prepared By The European Union And Japan To Recommend The C-O-I Be Referred To The International Criminal Court, Although China, With Veto Power In The U.N. Security Council, Could Block That Resolution. Washington Continues To Press North Korea On Human Rights And Says The Number Of Refugees Allowed To Leave Under The North's New Leader , Kim Jong Un, Has Declined... Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, Tells VOA's Victor Beattie The Search For Justice Will Be A Long One In This Case.(Q&A Beattie / Robertson)... Stephen Noerper, Senior Vice President Of The New York-Based Korea Society, Tells Victor Beattie, Overtime, He Hopes For An Accounting And Trial For The Atrocities Documented In The Commission's Report To The U.N. Proceedings Against Hhmer Rouge Offcials In Cambodia.(Q&A Beattie / Noerper)

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