The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee has adopted a resolution condemning North Korea's bleak human rights situation and encouraging the Security Council to refer the country to the International Criminal Court.
The European Union and Japan have been pursuing such resolutions every year. This year, 112 countries voted in support of the resolution, while 19 countries voted against it and 50 countries abstained.
North Korea in a statement criticized the resolution and blamed It on the United States "and other hostile forces."
The resolution now goes to the full General Assembly. While such resolutions are not binding, they are a chance for the international community to express its point of view.
The Security Council this year has not yet discussed North Korea's human rights.© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.