U.N. renews mandate of envoy to probe abuses in N.Korea

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 24, 2011 7:45 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations voiced deep concern on Thursday at "grave, widespread and systematic" human rights violations in North Korea and renewed the mandate of its special investigator on the situation in the reclusive country.

The 47-member forum adopted a resolution put forward by the European Union and Japan which also deplored the use of torture and labor camps against political prisoners. It urged Pyongyang to allow humanitarian aid including food to reach civilians.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)