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UN wary of N Korea labour camp admission

North Korea's first public admission of the existence of labour camps in the country is "a good step but not enough", a UN human rights monitor has said.

In February, a United Nations report concluded that North Korea systematically employed violence and punishments, amounting to a gross violation of human rights violations.

Michael Kirby, one of the report's authors, told BBC News that it was not clear if Pyongyang's admission was a genuine step towards improving human rights or a "charm offensive", ahead of a UN discussion on the report.

  • 08 Oct 2014
  • From the section Asia
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