S. Korea’s human rights envoy to attend U.N. meeting

South Korea's special envoy on North Korean human rights will attend a United Nations meeting this week as part of efforts to shed light on the abject human rights situation in the communist state.

Lee Jung-hoon, who took office as Ambassador for North Korean human rights this month, will join the meeting in New York on Thursday (local time) with Tomas Ojea Quintana, the United Nations' new special rapporteur on North Korea's human rights issue.

It will mark the first such gathering since Quintana assumed the post in August.

"The meeting will serve as a meaningful chance for U.N. member countries to listen to the special rapporteur's assessment of the human right situation in the North and his future plan, while reporting global concerns and interest (on the matter) to him," Cho June-hyuck, foreign ministry spokesman, told a regular press briefing.

The North has been labeled one of the worst human rights violators in the world, but Pyongyang has denied such criticism, calling it a U.S.-led attempt to topple its regime.

Human rights violations in the North have been receiving renewed attention recently, with calls growing for global cooperation to shed light on people suffering from the North's oppressive regime.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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