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NKorea defector testifies at UN rights probe in US

2:49 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Her father was tortured in detention in North Korea and died. Her elder sister went searching for food during the great famine of the 1990s, only to be trafficked to China.

Her two younger brothers died of starvation: one of them a baby without milk, whose life ebbed away in her arms.

North Korean defector Jin Hye Jo tearfully told her family's story Wednesday to U.N. investigators holding a hearing in Washington. It's the investigators' latest stop in a globe-trotting effort to probe possible crimes against humanity in North Korea.

The U.N. commission, led by Australian judge Michael Kirby, says evidence gathered so far points to systematic and gross human rights violations. It is empowered it seek full accountability, although bringing perpetrators to book remains a distant prospect.

(Copyright 2013. The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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