UN Human Rights Expert Appeals for Aid for North Korea

Marzuki Darusman, United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Photo by: Rick Bajornas / UN

International aid for North Korea is dwindling as the food situation in the country becomes increasingly critical, the U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea said, appealing to the international community to provide humanitarian aid and medical assistance.

But Marzuki Darusman also stressed the need for greater humanitarian space in the reclusive Asian country, highlighting how structural problems in the local food production system, total government control of the production and supply system, and difficulties in monitoring foreign aid flows have contributed to the present crisis.

Darusman also urged the North Korean government to do its part in easing the food crisis by improving health and nutrition services for women and children.

“While I appeal to the international community to provide humanitarian assistance including medical supplies, I recommended that the State also pay increased attention to providing adequate nutrition and health care to women and children suffering from chronic malnutrition,” he said.

Read more development aid news online, and subscribe to The Development Newswire to receive top international development headlines from the world’s leading donors, news sources and opinion leaders — emailed to you FREE every business day.

About the author

  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.