Despite initial opposition from China and Russia, the UN Security Council is discussing North Korea’s human rights record.

According to the BBC, this comes ‘days after the UN General Assembly voted in favour of referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.’

Earlier this month, World Watch Monitor reported about the continual failure of North Korea to uphold Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, when a British Parliamentary group published its report about the findings of its inquiry into persecution in the country.

It detailed how the government systematically oppresses freedom of religion or belief and continues to target Christians in a way that amounts to crimes against humanity.

In March 2014, the first-ever Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea presented its report to the UN Human Rights Council.

The 372 page report accentuated the chronic, wide-spread human rights abuses in the DPRK.