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North Korea Rejects UN Human Rights Abuse Report

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North Korea has rejected a UN commission’s report that it committed crimes against humanity, calling it an “extremely dangerous” political provocation.

An unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman claimed the panel was US-orchestrated and that Washington should mind its own business.

In the statement carried on Friday by North Korea’s state news agency, the spokesman describes the report as “sheer lies” and says North Koreans enjoy “genuine rights.”

The statement was in response to a hard-hitting report issued on Monday by the three-member UN commission of inquiry that recommended a referral of its findings to the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court.

“This is an extremely dangerous politically-motivated provocation aimed to tarnish the image of the dignified DPRK and ramp up pressure on it in a bid to bring down its social system,” said the statement, referring to the North by the initials of its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The three-member commission, chaired by a retired Australian judge, on Monday recommended an international criminal investigation. It warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians.

The commission was established by the UN top human rights body. It conducted a year-long investigation but was unable to visit North Korea.

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea published its report earlier in February with evidence of murder and rape inside the country’s labour camps where political prisoners are held.

The commission was set up last March to begin building a case for possible criminal prosecution and called more than 80 public hearings in the course of the investigation.

The report, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council next month, detailed “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence”.

“The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” it said.

“These crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.”

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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