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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Overview of the mandate

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2004 (resolution 2004/13), and has been renewed on an annual basis by the Human Rights Council. The Special Rapporteur investigates and reports on the situation of human rights in the country and on the government’s compliance with its obligations under international human rights law. He submits reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly annually.

Special Rapporteur

The current Special Rapporteur, Tomás Ojea Quintana (Argentina), was appointed by the Human Rights Council in 2016, succeeding Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia) who had served as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since 2010.

Mr. Ojea Quintana, a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in human rights, worked for the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, and represented the Argentinian NGO “Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo” in cases concerning child abduction during the military regime. He is a former Head of OHCHR human rights programme in Bolivia, and served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar from 2008 to 2014. As Special Rapporteur, Mr. Ojea Quintana is independent from any government or organisation and serves in his individual capacity.

In March 2016, the Human Rights Council (resolution A/HRC/RES/31/18) requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to designate, for a period of six months, a maximum of two existing independent experts in support of the work of the Special Rapporteur to focus on issues of accountability for human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. On 9 September 2016, the High Commissioner for Human Rights designated Ms. Sara Hossain and Ms. Sonja Biserko.

Submission of information and Contact details

Information relevant to the work of the mandate holder can be sent to hr-dprk@ohchr.org

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Special Rapporteur

Mr. Tomás OJEA QUINTANA (Argentina)

Previous Special Rapporteur

Mr. Marzuki DARUSMAN
(Indonesia)

Mr. Vitit MUNTARBHORN
(Thailand)