Human Rights Watch: Focus on Rights Abuses in North Korea
Human Rights Watch says the world should use Wednesday's anniversary of North Korea's founding president, Kim Il Sung, to demand an end to enduring abuses in the country.
The group highlighted the systematic way in which the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un used labor camps, reeducation centers, prohibitions on expression and the development of a cult mentality to establish an authoritarian government.
"Kim Il Sung based his rule on ruthless rights abuses, repression of independent voices, and economic and social controls that led to deprivation and ultimately widespread starvation," said Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson.
He said Mr. Kim has continued his grandfather's policies and should be referred to the International Criminal Court.
Japanese Court Halts Plan to Restart 2 Nuclear Reactors
A court in Japan issued an injunction Tuesday blocking a power company from restarting two of its nuclear reactors.
Nuclear regulators had already cleared Kansai Electric Power to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at a plant in the western province of Fukui according to new standards put in place following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
But residents challenged the plan to resume operations later this year, saying the new standards were not sufficient to protect against a powerful earthquake.
Kansai said it would appeal the ruling.