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UN special rapporteur on N. Korean human rights denounces regime for recent killing of S. Korean official Updated: 2020-10-24 12:27:02 KST

The United Nations' special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea has denounced the regime over its troops shooting a South Korean government official dead in the West Sea last month, calling the act a violation of international human rights law.
At a virtual U.N. General Assembly Third Committee meeting on Friday, local time, Tomas Ojea Quintana urged Pyeongyang to abandon its "shoot-to-kill" policy that was put in place to prevent COVID-19 from entering the country.
But the rapporteur also voiced humanitarian concern for the livelihood of North Koreans amid the pandemic, saying an easing of economic sanctions is necessary now more than ever.
Also in attendance were South Korean representatives who demanded the North respond to the request for a thorough joint investigation into the recent killing.
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