GENEVA – The United Nations' top human rights body has unanimously approved an inquiry into North Korea for possible crimes against humanity.
The 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council signed off on a resolution backed by the U.S., Japan and the European Union that authorizes an investigation into what U.N. officials describe as suspected widespread and systematic violations of human rights in North Korea.
The vote Thursday follows the recommendations of U.N. special rapporteur Marzuki Darusman, who has told the council that the isolated country displays nine patterns of human rights violations. That includes having prison camps, the enforced disappearances of citizens and using food to control people.
North Korea's ambassador, however, rejected the resolution, calling it political meddling.