A United Nations Human Rights staff points to the title of a drawing describing North Korean labour camp no 18, a gift made in December 2012 by survivor Kim Hye Sook, in Geneva February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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North Korea's leaders should be brought before an international court for a litany of crimes against humanity that include exterminating, starving and enslaving its population, a UN team said Monday.In a January 20 letter, reproduced in the report, Kirby told Kim he could face justice personally for the crimes committed by the system he runs.North Korea has long faced international sanctions over its atomic weapons programme, but activists said that justice for its rights record was long overdue.Denied access to North Korea, the commission gathered evidence at hearings in South Korea and Japan with North Korean exiles -- dubbed "human scum" by the regime.It estimated that there are 80,000-120,000 political prisoners in North Korea, a nation of 24 million people.Kim Hyu Suk, born in 1962, said she was taken to a camp aged just 10 because her grandfather escaped from North Korea.
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