UN report proves N. Korean abductions, gives hope to Japanese victims’ families

5 years ago by in Japan, Korea

A United Nations 372-page report about the North Korean abductions and “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations” was released on Monday. The families of the Japanese victims expressed hope that the report would help solve the issue.

It took a year for the U.N. to make the report, respectively to investigate and compile the data. The report painted a horrific picture of torture, forced disappearances, selective starvation and execution taking place in North Korea – findings which confirm what many North Korea watchers and human rights experts believed was happening inside the nation, according to the international press.

According to the U.N. commission, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, as well as other officials that were involved in the abuses, must be judged according to the international law.

In Japan, dozens, or maybe even hundreds of people were kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s when Pyongyang sought individuals of various nationalities to train its spies.

“I hope North Korea properly receives the report,” Shigeru Yokota, 81, said on Monday. Yokota had his daughter, Megumi Yokota, abducted by North Korean agents in 1977 when she was 13. North Korea’s diplomatic mission in Geneva rejected the report “categorically and totally,” according to Reuters.

The abductions were “approved at the level of the Supreme Leader,” according to the report.