U.N. rights official urges easing of N.Korea sanctions over coronavirus strain

By the Smith Josh

SEOUL, Oct 15 (Reuters)-A United Nations.

According to a draft report published on Thursday, the human rights official urged the world community to immediately discuss removing sanctions against North Korea that could escalate its coronavirus lock-down problems.

North Korea was exposed to the UN, which did not disclose reported infections.

Since 2006, nuclear and ballistic missile restrictions have still been enforced in recent years.

Tomas Ojea Quintana has this year introduced tight border restrictions between harsh anti-virus initiatives only as it was imposed sanctions and "systematic economic threats and extremely bad weather conditions."

While the strictures of the Northern regions aim to safeguard the rights of its people to life and to health, serious lock-downs have had a "devastating" effect in trade, added Quintana.

The trade consequences, in particular, endanger the distribution of food and access to humanitarian assistance, he said in the study to be forwarded to the United Nations next week.

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"The Special Rapporteur finds the international obligation for the re-evaluation of the sanctions system to be more pressing than ever in the extraordinary condition of the COVID-19 pandemic," she added.

Greater restrictions have begun to "seriously impact the country's economy as a whole" with detrimental impacts on civil and civil rights.

The pandemic, by intensified population monitoring and regulation and decreased world interaction, would also worsen North Korea's egregious human rights situation.

He acknowledged that the recent shooting of a South Korean fisheries official by North Korea's frontier forces was, in breach of international human rights law, an unconstitutional and unlawful killing of a civil citizen.

He called on Pyongyang to explain this case and to take account, reimburse the family of the guy and avoid such accidents in the future.

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(Josh Smith's report; Fernandez's editing)