WASHINGTON (AP) — U.N. investigators probing possible crimes against humanity in North Korea are holding two days of public hearings in Washington starting Wednesday. It's the latest stop in their globe-trotting effort to gather evidence about a secretive country that won't let them in.
Hearings held this summer in Seoul yielded harrowing accounts from defectors. They told of systematic rape, murder, beatings and torture inside the North's vast gulag, which South Korea estimates holds 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners.
The three-member commission of inquiry, led by an Australian judge, has also taken testimony in Tokyo and London.
It is empowered to ensure "full accountability" for any crimes against humanity. Its recommendations will be passed on to the United Nations for review, which could intensify political pressure on North Korea.