Resolution on North Korean Crimes Against Humanity

WHEREAS the United Nations Human Rights Council’s commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [North Korea] submitted its 36-page report and 372-page appendix of evidence on February 7, 2014 (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/ReportoftheCommissionofInquiryDPRK.aspx); and

WHEREAS the report states: “The commission finds that systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In many instances, the violations found entailed crimes against humanity based on State policies. . . . These crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolong starvation;” and

WHEREAS the commission recommends that the United Nations Security Council refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court, and that the Security Council adopt targeted sanctions against those who appear to be most responsible for crimes against humanity;

THEREFORE IT IS RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party condemns North Korea’s crimes against humanity, and supports the recommendations of the U.N. Human Rights commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; and

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be forwarded to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, California Senator Dianne Feinstein and California Senator Barbara Boxer.

Author: Paul Kujawsky

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