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U.N. boosts inquiry into North Korea crimes against humanity

The top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to boost its investigation into widespread violations in North Korea with a view to documenting alleged crimes against humanity for future prosecution.

The 47-member state Geneva forum adopted a resolution, brought by Japan and the European Union (EU) and backed by the United States, on the final day of its four-week session without a vote. North Korea’s delegation boycotted the debate.

The U.N. human rights office in Seoul will be strengthened for two years to establish a central repository for testimony and evidence “with a view to developing possible strategies to be used in any future accountability process”, the text said.

China said it “dissociated” itself from the decision and called for dialogue and a “focus on the bigger picture” to help de-escalate tensions on the divided Korean peninsula.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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