Amnesty International is calling on members states of the UN Human Rights Council to establish a commission of inquiry at the Council's 22nd session in March 2013.
Bringing a spotlight on North Korea through an international investigation would be a welcome step towards ending the catastrophic human rights situation there. It is a country where hundreds of thousands are believed to be held in political prison camps and other detention facilities in inhumane conditions including starvation, torture and forced labour. These are places were almost the entire range of human rights protections is ignored. Even those who are not imprisoned are being denied their most fundamental rights in daily life—such as their rights to health, food, freedom of expression, movement and opinion.