UN to Try North Korea for Crimes Against Humanity

UN General Assembly votes to try Kim Jong-Un at ICC over atrocities committed against his own people; North Korea calls it 'political plot.'

Ari Yashar ,

Kim Jong-Un (file)
Kim Jong-Un (file)

The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted in favor of referring Kim Jong-Un's North Korean regime to the International Criminal Court (ICC), where it will be tried for crimes against humanity.

Responding to the vote, which passed by 116 to 20 with over 50 abstentions, North Korea called it "a product of political plot and confrontation," reports BBC.

On Monday the UN Security Council is set to discuss the resolution, where China and Russia are likely to strongly oppose the move against their Communist ally.

The motion follows a vote by the UN's human rights committee last month that supported referring North Korea to the ICC.

Ahn Myeong Cheol, a North Korean defector who has risen to become a prominent activist for human rights and is now the director of the North Korea Watch NGO, explained to Arutz Sheva at the time the implications of the vote and the awful situation in the country.

"Last year, the United Nations established the Commission of Inquiry for Human Rights in North Korea," he said. "They investigated the human rights in North Korea for one year. Because of that, the UN General Assembly will, today, adopt a resolution with the material necessary to send Kim Jong-Un to the International Criminal Court." 

Indeed, the report detailed atrocities committed by Kim's regime against his own people that were "strikingly similar" to those committed by the genocidal Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler in World War II. Aside from atrocities inside of North Korea, the regime has also opened fire on South Korea several times, and threatened its southern neighbor and Japan with nuclear war.

"I am pleased to see this entire process and this result," Ahn said. "My ultimate goal is to release and to bring freedom to political prisoners, and all the people, in North Korea, and to shut down all the political prison camps in North Korea." 

Ahn noted that Russia and China, two of North Korea's closest political allies and world superpowers, are prominent members of the UN Security Council, but added that he hoped that the initiative could at least steer legal action against the dictator in the right direction.