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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, Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), was appointed by the Human Rights Council in 2010, succeeding Vitit Muntarbhorn (Thailand) who had served as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since 2004.

A member of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons for Sri Lanka, Mr. Darusman has served as Chair of the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission and Attorney General of the Republic of Indonesia from 1999 to 2001. In 2009, He was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to a three-member UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. In 2010, he was assigned as Chair of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka.  A Law graduate from the Catholic University of Parahyangan in Bandung, Indonesia, he has received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the same university. As Special Rapporteur, Mr. Darusman is independent from any government or organisation and serves in his individual capacity.

In March 2013, the Human Rights Council (resolution A/HRC/RES/22/13) designated Special Rapporteur Darusman to serve also on a three-member commission of inquiry to investigate the systematic, widespread and grave reports of violations of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with a view to ensuring full accountability.

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. Marzuki DARUSMAN
(Indonesia)

Previous Special Rapporteur

Mr. Vitit MUNTARBHORN
(Thailand)