Press Release — HRF to UN Security Council: Refer the Kim Regime to the International Criminal Court


In a letter addressed to member states of the United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urges the Council to refer the cases of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Under Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute, the ICC may exercise its jurisdiction with respect to crimes against humanity committed by a national of a non-member state if the case is referred to it by the UN Security Council. HRF’s letter calls on the Council to discuss the issue of North Korea at its meeting on Friday, December 9, and refer the Kim regime to the ICC for investigation and prosecution. “As you know, the [Commission of Inquiry] on North Korea, in its 2014 Report, concluded that the Kim regime was responsible for ‘systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations’ that ‘entailed crimes against humanity based on State policies,’” says the letter signed by Thor Halvorssen, president of HRF. “We respectfully call upon you … to heed the call of the international community … and, on behalf of the people of North Korea, refer Kim Jong-un to the International Criminal Court, so that he can be held accountable for the crimes against humanity and the suffering of millions of people under his family’s dynastic rule.” Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. Read the full letter here. Contact: (212) 246-8486,