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U.N. special rapporteur on N.K. human rights to make last visit to S. Korea next week

2015/11/18 02:58

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea's human rights situation will visit South Korea next week on his final mission to Seoul before his mandate expires in March, the U.N. human rights agency said Tuesday.

During the Nov. 23-27 visit, Marzuki Darusman will "assess the latest changes surrounding DPRK (North Korea) and discuss ways to ensure accountability with relevant stakeholders," the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva said in a statement on its website.

It will be Darusman's last official visit to South Korea. Darusman, a former Indonesian prosecutor general, has been serving as special rapporteur since 2010. He was also a member of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the North's human rights situation that produced a landmark report last year calling for referring Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court.

"I will use my last official mission to the Republic of Korea to continue pursuing accountability for gross human rights violation in the DPRK," Darusman said in the statement. "I also hope to use the opportunity to discuss the future of this mandate with relevant partners."

   While in South Korea, Darusman will meet with state officials, civil society actors, think tanks, lawyers and others. At the end of his visit, he plans to hold a press conference on Nov. 26, the statement said.

The COI report led to the adoption of a U.N. General Assembly resolution that calls for the U.N. Security Council to refer the North to the ICC for human rights violations. A similar resolution has been proposed this year, also with calls for referral to the ICC.

Darusman has repeatedly called for North Korea to allow him to visit, but Pyongyang refused.