A United Nations panel for child rights on Wednesday said that North Korea was punishing children for their “parents’ crimes” or political views by bias and urged Pyongyang to end child labour.
The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, which evaluate Pyongyang’s record last month, also voiced deep concern at what it said was the “ideological indoctrination” in its education system.
Tensions in the region and beyond, especially with the United States, have impale considerably in recent months as North Korea conducted many of tests of its medium- and long-range ballistic missiles, some of which flew over Japan, as well as its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3.
In its findings, the panel said it remained worried that North Korea did not “adequately guarantee the right to freedom from torture and other brutal or degrading treatment or punishment, in law and in practice, in particular of children forced to return to (North Korea), children living in street situations, and children in confinement facilities, including political prison camps.”
United Nation panel, in a session on Sept. 21, asked the North Korean delegation how “songbun”, a system ranking citizens based on family loyalty to the ruling linage, affected children’s access to education, health and food.
The North Korean representative replied that this was an “imaginary concept” invented by hostile forces.
The inspector which composed of 18 independent experts, also called on North Korea to allowing children freedom of expression, including access to the Internet.
North Korea told the U.N. panel last month that international sanctions force on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes would endanger the survival of North Korean children.
United nation Safety Council without opposition force nine rounds of sanction on North Korea since 2006, the latest one stopping fuel supplies to the remote state.
The U.N. experts noted that economic sanctions had “effect on children’s enjoyment of their rights”.