The EU would like to thank the Special Rapporteur for his report and work in spite of the impediments he faces.
We welcome the focus on women's rights in the report. It is in line with some of the latest updates in our resolution. Women are particularly vulnerable and targeted and their situation should receive particular attention by organisations and states that have access to the country. Could you indicate where you see room for constructive engagement for the members of the Human Rights Council with the DPRK authorities, for example on the issue of gender equality?
You address the issue of abuses suffered by female escapees in China and you call upon China to cooperate with relevant UN mechanisms to put in place a domestic legal framework to protect North-Korean women and girls who escaped from North Korea. Have you noticed any positive signal in this regard?
With regard to accountability you refer to the principle of universal jurisdiction and we would like to know whether there is any particular mechanism or approach from another country situation that you think we should take inspiration from?
The human rights situation in the DPRK continues to be shocking. It is disheartening to see that there is no tangible improvement on the ground. The isolation of the country, reinforced by the set back of the political negotiations and the current threat by the coronavirus, is making the situation even worse.
Finally, exchange with civil society is an important element of our policy and we call upon all parties involved to listen to the voice of civil society organisations working on human rights in the DPRK and not to play down the key role they play.