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    UN Expert: Kim Jong Un Could Be Held Accountable for Crimes Against Humanity

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a banquet for contributors of the recent rocket launch, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, Feb. 15, 2016.
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a banquet for contributors of the recent rocket launch, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, Feb. 15, 2016.
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    A United Nations expert on human rights in North Korea is warning the country's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, could be held accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.

    Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, issued the warning in a report made public Monday.

    The U.N. Human Rights Council should advise Kim and other senior North Korean leaders "they may be investigated, and if found to be responsible, held accountable for crimes against humanity committed under their leadership," the report said.

    Darusman was the head of a special U.N. investigation into North Korea's human rights abuses, which are considered to be among the worst in the world. The so-called Commission of Inquiry accused the North of committing atrocities not seen since the Nazi era.

    The panel also called for North Korean leaders to be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court. But that would require action by the U.N. Security Council. China and Russia, which are veto-wielding members of the council, oppose such a move.

    The secretive North Korean government is accused of running a massive network of political prisons, as well as carrying out murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence.

    In his latest report, Darusman said Pyongyang does not appear to have made any improvements on rights issues since the U.N. investigation ended two years ago. The U.N. Human Rights Council will review the report next month.

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    by: Gustavo Woltmann from: USA
    February 16, 2016 2:58 PM
    His father should have, too! It's about time.

    by: Stenton from: Your Face
    February 16, 2016 8:44 AM
    And the first country who tries to 'hold him accountable' will turn into a parking lot, especially if China gets involved. Don't even think about it.

    by: John C from: USA
    February 15, 2016 10:13 PM
    Does the Useless Nations propose to start a war against a nuclear state in order to arrest Kim and put him on trial? I'm sure he's guilty of all sorts of crimes, but they can't do anything about it and they know it.

    by: Doc Moore from: Lunar Anus
    February 15, 2016 6:15 PM
    Of course he is guilty of crimes against humanity. So what? Does anyone think that what these people say has any power behind it? Un laughs at us, and he should. We respond with weakness.
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    by: Josh from: Victoria
    February 15, 2016 11:21 PM
    i'd rather respond in weakness than anger him and make him launch an atomic missile.

    by: TimCthefilmguy from: Thailand
    February 15, 2016 6:08 PM
    The UN will show their continued impotence by doing nothing.

    by: Elias Thema
    February 15, 2016 5:51 PM
    As long as this so called crime against humanities exists when the perpetrators are from underdeveloped countries, its rules are going to lose credibility. Iraqi have been bombed to next generation but nobody is going to be charged. What a shame.

    by: Hashmat
    February 15, 2016 5:40 PM
    This may be true, anything is possible coming from the North Korea. The U.N. Human Rights Council Is biased toward North Korea because North Korea is not in a good term with the West. We can name so many countries including Saudi Arabia whom we turn a blind a eye, whose crimes are not any lesser than the North Korea. How fair is that? If we are going to charge North Korea's leader for crimes against humanity, then we should start charging those leaders who are considered our allies.

    by: ron cee from: usa
    February 15, 2016 5:34 PM
    In his latest report, Darusman said Pyongyang does not appear to have made any improvements on rights issues since the U.N. investigation ended two years ago.

    Two years to write a report? Ridiculous!

    by: Jon from: United States
    February 15, 2016 5:23 PM
    Once convicted how do you bring a world leader to justice?
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    by: jon
    February 16, 2016 1:15 AM
    by hitting that dear fat leader in communist country with precision guided missile

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