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UN investigator: Refer N. Korea to international court; countries should arrest perpetrators

File- This March 11 2013, file photo shows United Nations Special Rapporteur on North Korea, Marzuki Darusman, deliveringhis report, during the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. North Korean officials said Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, they met for the first time with a United Nations special investigator on human rights and “envisage” him visiting their country. A U.N. official confirmed the meeting. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi, File)

File- This March 11 2013, file photo shows United Nations Special Rapporteur on North Korea, Marzuki Darusman, deliveringhis report, during the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. North Korean officials said Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, they met for the first time with a United Nations special investigator on human rights and “envisage” him visiting their country. A U.N. official confirmed the meeting. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi, File)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations special investigator for North Korea is "strongly" urging that the U.N. Security Council refer the country to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record — and that member countries should arrest perpetrators of crimes against humanity who come into their jurisdiction.

An advance copy of the report to be presented Tuesday was obtained by The Associated Press.

Marzuki Darusman's report follows on a wave of international pressure on North Korea over its dismal human rights record, set off by a groundbreaking report by a U.N. commission of inquiry on the deeply impoverished but nuclear-armed country.

Darusman, a former member of the commission, echoes the commission's call for an ICC referral.

A resolution now with the General Assembly's human rights committee also calls for a referral.