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General Press Releases Monday November 14, 2016 17:16
Bangkok--14 Nov--OHCHR-Bangkok

GENEVA / SEOUL / TOKYO (14 November 2016) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Tomás OJEA QUINTANA, will visit for the first time the Republic of Korea from 16 to 22 November, and Japan from 23 to 26 November 2016.

During his ten-day mission to Northeast Asia, the independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2016 will gather first-hand information from key stakeholders and assess the latest developments concerning the DPRK.

"I will use this mission to the Republic of Korea and Japan to explore possible ways to make concrete steps to improve the situation of human rights in the DPRK through consultation with state officials, people who have left the country, families of abduction victims, civil society actors, journalists and other relevant stakeholders," he said.

Since the creation of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur in 2004, successive mandate holders have made requests to visit DPRK; however, access has so far not been granted. In that regard, the experts have visited other countries in the region such as Japan, Thailand and the Republic of Korea.

Mr. OJEA QUINTANA will hold a press conference on 22 November 2016, from 17:00-18:00 (local time) in Seoul, and another on 25 November from 16:00-17:00 (local time) at the United Nations University in Tokyo. Access to the press conferences is strictly limited to journalists.

The Special Rapporteur will report his findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in March 2017.

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