A rare diplomatic charm offensive by North Korea appears to be over after it failed to halt a European and Japanese push for the United Nations General Assembly to support referring the hermit state to the International Criminal Court over allegations of human rights abuses.
A prominent North Korean defector who has advocated UN action to stop the country`s human rights abuses said on Tuesday authorities have taken his father hostage in a campaign to discredit his story of survival and escape from a prison camp.
Gross human rights abuses, including rapes, mass killings and torture, have been committed by both sides in the brutal conflict that erupted in South Sudan towards end of last year, according to a new UN report which said civilians were directly targeted in the violence.
The US has slapped sanctions on
two senior Iranian officials for "serious" human rights abuses
aimed at protesters who took to the streets in large numbers
following the controversial 2009 elections in Iran.
General Sarath Fonseka, who was Sri Lanka`s Army commander when it defeated Tamil separatist rebels in May, returned home from US on Thursday without being questioned by US authorities about alleged war crimes.