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UN human rights official stands by North Korea findings despite key defector's revisions

FILE - In this Monday, March  17, 2014, file photo, human rights activist and North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk listens to a speech during a session of the Human Rights Council on the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.  The United Nations' official in charge of investigating human rights violations in North Korea said Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, he stands by U.N. findings of widespread abuses there despite recent backtracking by Shin on the details of his life in the North's prison system. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi, File)

FILE - In this Monday, March 17, 2014, file photo, human rights activist and North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk listens to a speech during a session of the Human Rights Council on the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The United Nations' official in charge of investigating human rights violations in North Korea said Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, he stands by U.N. findings of widespread abuses there despite recent backtracking by Shin on the details of his life in the North's prison system. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi, File)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations' official in charge of investigating human rights abuses in North Korea says he stands by U.N. findings on widespread abuses there despite recent backtracking by a prominent defector on the details of his life in the North's prison system.

The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, Marzuki Darusman, said at a news conference Friday that although defector-turned-activist Shin Dong-hyuk has revised some of the details of his story, it remains for the most part valid and represents the experiences of just one of hundreds of defectors interviewed by the U.N.'s commission of inquiry.

Darusman also says he stands by calls for North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un to be held accountable for crimes against humanity.