At the hearing, WCC officers serving as counsel presented a brief arguing and setting forth evidence of crimes against humanity in North Korean kwanliso (prison camps), and the individual criminal responsibility of the DPRK leadership for the commission of those crimes.
The hearing also featured the live testimony from three North Korean defectors: a former prisoner, a former prison guard, and a former official from the Ministry of People’s Security, which oversees North Korea’s network of political prisons.
Three renowned jurists presided over the hearing: Navanethem Pillay (Chair), Mark Harmon, and Thomas Buergenthal.
Collectively, these luminaries have served on the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (ECCC), and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Notably, it was during Ms Pillay’s tenure as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ('COI') conducted its investigation and issued its landmark report.