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Press Review: Evidence against North Korea to be presented at International Criminal Court; Syria talks fail to secure cease-fire for aid workers

February 18th, 2014
by: Rebecca Silus
located in: Syria
tags: crimes against humanity, humanitarian aid, International Criminal Court, North Korea, peace talks, Syria, United Nations

After a yearlong investigation into crimes against humanity in North Korea, a U.N. Commission of Inquiry has requested that its findings be turned over to the International Criminal Court.

The report, which lists evidence of extermination, atrocities committed against a starving population, and kidnappings, intends to recommend steps towards accountability rather than the prosecution of individuals. [Huffington Post]

Attempts to secure temporary cease-fires that would allow humanitarian aid workers access to civilians in Syria have failed after talks reach a deadlock. U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expressed anger at the failure, citing the 15 aid workers who have died since October and the thousands of Syrians in need. She reminded the participants that all parties involved have a responsibility to protect civilians. [Christian Science Monitor]

Article written by:
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