North Korea has rejected a recent United Nations resolution that criticized Pyongyang's human rights record.
North Korea's foreign ministry said the report was politically motivated and baseless.
Last week, the 53-country U.N. Human Rights Commission passed a resolution condemning what it called "systematic" violations of human rights in North Korea. The vote was 30 to nine.
The U.S. State Department says North Korea remains one of the most repressive countries in the world, where an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 people are held in detention camps for political reasons. It says defectors report many prisoners have died from torture, starvation, disease or exposure.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.