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  • Retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, chairperson of the commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, shows the commission's report during a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. A U.N. panel has warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation. Kirby told the leader in a letter accompanying a yearlong investigative report on North Korea that international prosecution is needed "to render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for crimes against humanity." (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    U.N. warns North Korea's Kim Jong-un with a strongly worded letter

    North Korea forces women to undergo abortions and young mothers to drown their newborn babies, and has starved and executed hundreds of thousands of detainees at secret prison camps — atrocities that the chairman of a U.N. panel that documented the abuses compares to those of Nazi Germany.

  • Michael Kirby (left), chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, speaks with Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. representative to the Human Rights Council, before he delivers his report to the 24th session of the council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

    U.N.: North Korea won't cooperate with rights probe

    The head of a U.N. human rights probe says he can't get answers from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un regarding harrowing testimony from victims of the enigmatic regime, including allegations of being forced to survive on vermin, drown babies and witness the execution of loved ones.

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