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Date : January 9, 2013
Call for COI and NGO Letter Delivered to Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan

On the 8th of January, the ICNK held a press conference for ‘ICNK International Action Day’ at the Press Center in Seoul. The ICNK urged for the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to examine the North Korean regime’s crimes against humanity. The 8 member organizations based in Korea following the press conference visited the US Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and delivered a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan.

At the press interview, Kim Tae Hoon, a former commissioner of North Korean human rights in the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, emphasized that "right now at this moment, human rights of many people in North Korea are infringed by being imprisoned and tortured without any proper legal procedure." He also insisted that, "The North Korean regime cannot be changed by itself, so, through a COI, these crimes have to be found, and the criminals responsible need to be brought before the International Court of Justice so that these kinds of tragic incidents can be stopped."

Ha Tae Kyung, the Saenuri Party assemblyman, explained the method of establishing the COI by saying that, "there is a way to establish the COI through a resolution in the UN Human Rights Commission, UN General Assembly and UN Security Council." He also added that, "in March 2011, a COI, which was established through the UN Human Rights Commission and commissioned by the UN Security Council, sent Libya's Gaddafi Regime to the International Criminal Court."

On the same day, ICNK member organizations in 10 countries, France, Canada, UK, and so on, had a meeting with their countries' foreign ministers and delivered an NGO letter, which urges for the establishment of a COI.

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