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 is a lawyer from Argentina working in the field of criminal law, human rights and public interest, representing NGOs and other groups in different cases, including child abduction by military regime, sexual abuses by members of the church, and business criminal liability for human rights abuses. He is currently the attorney of a universal jurisdiction case on the abuses against Rohingyas.
He served as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar from 2008 to 2014, and previously as Consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bolivia. He also worked as a lawyer at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (OAS). He is a consultant for the Parliament of Argentina, and has worked as an adviser to government agencies on human rights and security issues. He also worked as clerk at Court.

Submission of information and Contact details

Information relevant to the work of the mandate holder can be sent to msaji@ohchr.org

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Special Rapporteur

Mr. Tomás OJEA QUINTANA (Argentina)

Previous Special Rapporteur

Mr. Marzuki DARUSMAN
(Indonesia)

Mr. Vitit MUNTARBHORN
(Thailand)