North Korea Sanctions Impact
South Korean workers have begun their pullout from the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea following new sanctions imposed on Pyongyang for its recent nuclear and rocket tests.
On Wednesday Seoul announced it would suspend all activities at the industrial zone to punish the Kim Jong Un government for its fourth nuclear test and latest long range missile launch.
Pyongyang reacted to Seoul’s announcement Thursday by declaring the industrial park a military control zone according the North’s official KCNA news agency. North Korea also said it would immediately deport all South Korean nationals, freeze the assets of companies operating there, and called the shut down a "declaration of war."
The North also said it was shutting down two crucial cross-border communications hotlines.
HRW: Both Sides in Ukraine Conflict Targeted, Used Schools
Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both sides in the conflict in Ukraine have indiscriminately attacked schools, which could amount to a war crime.
In a report entitled “Studying Under Fire,” the rights group documented how both the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels have carried out attacks on schools and used them for military purposes, including basing troops or weapons in or near schools.
Yulia Gorbunova, the HRW researcher who authored the report, said this happened on a wide scale in eastern Ukraine.
According to data in the report provided by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education, 119 schools and kindergartens in its areas were damaged in fighting between April 2014 and November 2015. De facto rebel authorities reported damage to nearly 900 schools in their areas during the same period.
HRW’s Gorbunova said both the government and rebels are open to discussions about the right’s group’s findings.
HRW urged both sides to take concrete actions to deter the military use of schools.