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Cablegate: Rokg Priorities for Un Human Rights Council Session

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INFO RUCNKOR/KOREA COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

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SUBJECT: ROKG PRIORITIES FOR UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION

REF: STATE 93374

1. (U) We delivered reftel points on U.S. priorities for
the UN Human Rights Council's 12th Session to Chun Hye-ran,
Deputy Director of MOFAT's Human Rights and Social Affairs
Division. With regard to the USG goal of getting a more
balanced resolution on freedom of expression, Chun said the
ROKG would back "a creative resolution achieved by
consensus." She noted that the ROKG would follow its
previous voting pattern if consensus was not found. Chun
stated that the ROKG did not see a problem with continuation
of the special procedures mandates for Somalia, Cambodia and
Burundi. Chun emphasized that more specific language
defining "traditional values" would be needed before the ROKG
could consider supporting Russia's new resolution. She
confirmed that the ROKG does not plan to initiate any new
resolutions during the session.
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