UN human rights expert visit N.Korea, first time in history

Vastavam web: First time in history, North Korea has agreed to host a UN rights expert for the first time, granting access next week to the special prisons on disabled people’s rights, the world body said Thursday. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated nation on Wednesday following an invitation from Pyongyang, the UN rights office said in a statement.

Her visit “will be the first ever to the country by an independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council,” the statement said. The rights council has accused North Korea of committing crimes against humanity and detaining up to 1,20,000 people in brutal prison camps.

The North Korean regime last month boycotted a rights council session scrutinising its record, branding the body’s work a “mere political attack”.