Czech Republic presents report on human rights abuse in North Korea

The Czech Republic has presented a report on the state of human rights in North Korea to the UN General Assembly, calling for action to curb extensive human rights abuse. The document, drafted by the global legal services organization DLA Piper and several human rights groups, documents extensive abuse in the country. Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told the General Assembly in New York that it was time to progress from words to actions, urging the UN to use all the peaceful means at its disposal to put pressure on Pyongyang. He said a 2006 report on human rights violations in North Korea had attracted attention to the problem but no action had been taken.