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UN Seoul human rights office meets brother of South Korean official killed by North Korean soldiers

Lee Rae-jin, center, brother of a South Korean fisheries official killed by North Korean soldiers, speaks to reporters in front of the Seoul office of a U.N. human rights body in Seoul, Oct. 6. / Yonhap
Lee Rae-jin, center, brother of a South Korean fisheries official killed by North Korean soldiers, speaks to reporters in front of the Seoul office of a U.N. human rights body in Seoul, Oct. 6. / Yonhap

The Seoul office of a U.N. human rights body held a meeting Monday with the brother of a South Korean fisheries official killed by North Korea, after he called for a U.N. probe into the killing.

During the two-hour meeting, the human rights office said it will report the case to the U.N. General Assembly as early as next week, according to Lee Rae-jin, the elder brother of the late official.

Lee earlier said he received an interview request from the U.N. office, calling it the first official reaction from the international organization after he called for an investigation into the incident.

The U.N. office said the purpose of the meeting was to gather information for an analysis, not for an investigation.
"When the case is reported, it will serve as a pressure on South and North Korea to come up with a clear stance," Lee told Yonhap News Agency.

The 47-year-old official was fatally shot by the North Korean military Sept. 22 while adrift in North Korean waters. Pyongyang has yet to respond to Seoul's calls for a joint investigation into the incident.

Lee filed a request for a U.N. probe last week, raising doubts about the government's finding that his brother was attempting to defect to North Korea.

The U.N. rights office in Seoul called on the two Koreas to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the incident in line with international human rights law. (Yonhap)


Lee Rae-jin, center, brother of a South Korean fisheries official killed by North Korean soldiers, speaks to reporters in front of the Seoul office of a U.N. human rights body in Seoul, Oct. 6. / Yonhap
Lee Rae-jin, center, brother of a South Korean fisheries official killed by North Korean soldiers, speaks to reporters in front of the Seoul office of a U.N. human rights body in Seoul, Oct. 6. / Yonhap

The Seoul office of a U.N. human rights body held a meeting Monday with the brother of a South Korean fisheries official killed by North Korea, after he called for a U.N. probe into the killing.

During the two-hour meeting, the human rights office said it will report the case to the U.N. General Assembly as early as next week, according to Lee Rae-jin, the elder brother of the late official.

Lee earlier said he received an interview request from the U.N. office, calling it the first official reaction from the international organization after he called for an investigation into the incident.

The U.N. office said the purpose of the meeting was to gather information for an analysis, not for an investigation.
"When the case is reported, it will serve as a pressure on South and North Korea to come up with a clear stance," Lee told Yonhap News Agency.

The 47-year-old official was fatally shot by the North Korean military Sept. 22 while adrift in North Korean waters. Pyongyang has yet to respond to Seoul's calls for a joint investigation into the incident.

Lee filed a request for a U.N. probe last week, raising doubts about the government's finding that his brother was attempting to defect to North Korea.

The U.N. rights office in Seoul called on the two Koreas to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the incident in line with international human rights law. (Yonhap)




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