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HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN NORTH KOREA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2079: tabled on 13 July 2011

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes the continuing reports of violations of human rights in North Korea, including public executions, infanticide, severe and systematic torture, slave labour, dire living conditions and below subsistence-level food rations in the prison camps, religious persecution, sexual violence and extreme punishments inflicted on North Koreans forcibly repatriated from China; further notes that an estimated 200,000 people are incarcerated within a system of camps known as North Korea's gulags; recalls that the families of prisoners are often punished for guilt by association; further notes the reports of former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Mr Vitit Muntarbhorn, who has described the egregious and endemic human rights situation in the country as dire and desperate; welcomes the former Special Rapporteur's recommendation that the international community should `mobilise the totality of the United Nations to promote and protect human rights in the country [and] support processes which concretise responsibility and accountability for human rights violations, and an end to impunity'; further notes the call made by the European Parliament for the establishment of a United Nations Commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes against humanity; urges the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to abolish its system of prison camps; and calls on the Government to seek the establishment by the United Nations of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate whether these human rights violations amount to crimes against humanity and to recommend further action to bring an end to the suffering in North Korea.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 5 September 2011
Southend West
Blenkinsop, Tom
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2011
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 18 July 2011
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 October 2011
Carshalton and Wallington
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2011
Gower
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2011
North Ayrshire and Arran
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2011
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2011
Bolton North East
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 19 July 2011
Belfast North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2011
Newport West
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 2011
Portsmouth South
Harris, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 12 December 2011
Glasgow South
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 September 2011
Birmingham, Yardley
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Independent
Signed on 14 September 2011
North Down
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2011
Luton North
Jamieson, Cathy
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2011
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 2011
Manchester, Withington
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 19 July 2011
Belfast East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 20 October 2011
Brighton, Pavilion
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2011
Hayes and Harlington
Nandy, Lisa
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2011
Wigan
Pugh, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 July 2011
Southport
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 11 August 2011
Glenrothes
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 October 2011
Colchester
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 14 July 2011
Strangford

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.