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UN Human Rights Council gives 268 recommendations to North Korea for various human rights violations Updated: 2014-05-08 06:29:11 KST

  UN Human Rights Council gives 268 recommendations to North Korea for various human rights violations
The United Nations Human Rights Council has provided North Korea with 2-hundred-68 recommendations to improve its dire human rights conditions.
They came in a report adopted on Tuesday in Geneva during the council's Universal Periodic Review session on North Korea.
The extensive report urges Pyongyang to close its notorious prison camps and end public executions.
It also calls on the North Korean regime to stop its systematic and widespread human rights violations, which include forced labor.
North Korea immediately dismissed substantial portions of the report, rejecting 83 of the recommendations outright.
The rejected recommendations include closing down any political prison camps, eradicating state-sponsored discrimination based on the political backgrounds of families, and cooperating with the International Criminal Court.
North Korea’s UN ambassador So Se-pyong said, the recommendations came out of the international community's misunderstanding and prejudices against the regime.
Regarding the remaining 185 recommendations, North Korea said it would review them and respond before the council's regular session scheduled for September, during which time the full report will be made public.
The council's Universal Periodic Review is held for two-week periods, three times a year.
During each session, 14 countries undergo reviews.
Pyongyang took the opportunity to lash out at the United States.
The North's state media said the U.S. is the worst country in terms of human rights infringement.
It called the United States a "living hell," full of rampant racial discrimination and gun accidents, where only a select few get to enjoy material success.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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