North Korea said it "categorically and totally" rejected the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council. The UN high commissioner for human rights appointed the panel in September, naming Sara Hossain, a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and Sonja Biserko, a Serbian human rights activist who served on the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea, as the experts. A resolution, passed without a vote on March 24, 2017, strengthens the UN's work to assess and develop strategies to prosecute grave violations in North Korea. The North Korean military said it would use its own preemptive special operations and strikes to mercilessly crush any attempts by enemy forces to attack its leadership.
The long border with China is the only feasible escape route for those fleeing, but Beijing does not recognize them as legitimate refugees and has always been criticized for detaining and forcibly repatriating them.
In 2014, the International Society for Human Rights, (ISHR), stated that North Korea's crimes are "without parallel" in the contemporary world, documenting examples of widespread torture recorded in North Korea, with orders for brutality often coming from the most senior members of society.
The world should "focus on the bigger picture", he added.
It's not clear why Pyongyang - which last summer described then-candidate Donald Trump as "wise" and "far-sighted" - has resumed its customary denunciation of us criticism of its human rights record.
The resolution provides for strengthening the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Seoul by including worldwide criminal justice experts.
At a subsequent HRC meeting, a USA representative deplored "widespread and gross human rights violations and abuses in the DPRK [North Korea], including summary executions, enslavement, torture, arbitrary detention, and enforced disappearances". 38 North says these vehicles could be involved in the setting up of instrumentation or even a nuclear device. "All options are on the table", he said.
Song said that THAAD should be used as leverage to motivate China to play a more active role in connection with North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles. He said "South Korean and United States intelligence authorities evaluate that North Korea is ready to carry out a nuclear test anytime on the leadership's decision". Tests for the medium-range missiles have had a very high failure rate, however.