March 24, 2011 / 11:48 AM / 9 years ago

U.N. renews mandate of envoy to probe abuses in N.Korea

North Korean soldiers take part in a shooting exercise at a field in Kaepoong county, on the north side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, in this picture taken from south of the DMZ in Paju, about 50 km (31 miles) north of Seoul, December 22, 2010. South Korea said it will hold its largest-ever live-fire drill near the military border with North Korea on Thursday in a show of force just as tension on the peninsula was easing after Pyongyang's attack on a southern island. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations voiced deep concern on Thursday at “grave, widespread and systematic” human rights violations in North Korea and renewed the mandate of its special investigator on the situation in the reclusive country.

The 47-member forum adopted a resolution put forward by the European Union and Japan which also deplored the use of torture and labor camps against political prisoners. It urged Pyongyang to allow humanitarian aid including food to reach civilians.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay

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