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North Korea urges UN Security Council to discuss issue of CIA torture

December 16, 2014, 9:04 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
The UN Security Council is due to discuss reports of human rights violations in North Korea at a special meeting next week
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UNITED NATIONS, December 16. /TASS/. Pyongyang on Monday asked the UN Security Council to urgently discuss the issue of torture used by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against terrorism suspects.

Last week, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a 528-page report which detailed the CIA use of torture during the interrogation of terrorism suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks on the US.

The techniques used against the detainees described in the report include sleep deprivation for 180 hours, ice water baths, keeping them in rooms with loud music and walling (slamming a person against a wall), as well as rectal feeding and threatening with harming families.

Shortly after the report was released, North Korea called on the UN to censure Washington for its use of “inhuman torture” methods and said the revelations posed a major test for the council’s credibility.

The UN Security Council is due to discuss reports of human rights violations in North Korea at a special meeting next week, Chad's Ambassador Mahamat Zene Cherif told reporters on Monday.

North Korea’s UN Ambassador Ja Song Nam wrote in a letter to the council that the so-called “human rights issue” in the country is “politically fabricated” and “is not at all relevant to the regional or international peace and security.”

The debate will occur on December 22 or December 23, said the ambassador of Chad, which holds the council’s presidency this month. Diplomats say this will be an open discussion, which could be attended by Pyongyang’s representative.

Ten out of 15 ambassadors of the council, except for Russia, Argentina, Nigeria, Chad and China, have been pushing for the meeting. Russia and China insist that the issue should be dealt by the UN Human Rights Council.

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