By Yuvin Manadeniya, for Al Jazeera
A recent press conference held with the United Nations Human Rights Council revealed that the proposed draft resolution that had been prepared by the council would be rejected by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in its entirety.
When questioned on the expected effectiveness of the proposals, the delegate for Israel stated that while they are unsure as to whether they will achieve their intended outcomes they feel it is important to place pressure on the DPRK. The delegate also mentioned the importance of “not watering down the provisions” in attempting to reach consensus with DPRK. This highlights the stance which the international community has taken against the human rights violation which the DPRK have been accused of committing.
However, if DPRK is unwilling to consider the proposals whatsoever, and rejects the draft resolution “in its entirety,” it can render the entire process redundant. Past experience has shown the DPRK highly resistant to international pressure, and it is unlikely that this draft resolution will alter this situation. It leaves the UNHRC with the uncomfortable position of either; watering down provisions and attempting to reach consensus on some grounds with DPRK, or creating extensive, unfeasible proposals which will be rejected entirely. The DPRK claimed there was a need for states to reach out and create dialogue with them, and while it was clear that efforts were made, it appears that the UNHRC has moved beyond this and described the representative for DPRK as “hostile and unwilling.” As the draft resolution was rejected entirely by the DPRK, it appears the UNHRC has opted to take a stance, and reaffirm their view on the alleged human rights violations. Whether this draft resolution will place enough pressure on the DPRK to begin amending its violations, or whether it will be outright ignored remains to be seen.