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Sunday 20 April 2014

'Crimes against humanity' in North Korea

A United Nations commission conducted a year-long investigation into possible crimes against humanity in North Korea

A UN Commission of Inquiry has found that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea and is recommending the findings be referred to the International Criminal Court, sources say.

The commission, which conducted a year-long investigation, has found evidence of an array of such crimes, including "extermination," crimes against humanity against "starving populations" and a campaign of abductions of individuals in South Korea and Japan.

Its report, due for release on Monday, does not examine individual culpability in detail but recommends steps toward accountability.

An outline of the report was provided to the Associated Press by an individual who asked not to be named before publication. A US official, speaking anonymously, confirmed those conclusions.

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