UNITED NATIONS, March 18 (UPI) -- The head of a United Nations-mandated investigation into North Korea's human rights abuses called for the involvement of the International Criminal Court.
"The Commission of Inquiry found systematic, widespread and grave human rights violations occurring in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It also found a disturbing array of crimes against humanity," commission chairman Michael Kirby said in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday during talks with members of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
The commission returned a 400-page report to the council, released Feb. 17, showing "unspeakable atrocities," Kirby, a retired Australian judge, said, committed by the North Korean government, and crimes that "arose from policies established at the highest level of the state."
The report recommends countries respect the principle of non-refoulement, referring to protecting refugees from being returned to the places from which they escaped, and suggests referral of the situation in North Korea to the International Criminal Court.