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Cablegate: Czechs Have Their Own Questions for the Dprk

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SUBJECT: CZECHS HAVE THEIR OWN QUESTIONS FOR THE DPRK
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

REF: STATE 123209

1. (SBU) Emboff spoke to Czech MFA Human Rights and
Transition Policy Officers Jana Rezna and Petra Ali Dolakova
on December 3 regarding the upcoming Universal Periodic
Review (UPR) of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea
(DPRK). Petra Ali Dolakova indicated that like the USG, the
Czechs are pleased that the DPRK will participate at the UPR
on December 7. She noted that the Czech Republic has
consistently pressed the DPRK hard on human rights issues and
she stated that the last resolution on the DPRK was
coordinated by the Czechs (as the EU Presidency leader) and
the Japanese. Petra Ali Dolakova thanked us for sharing our
questions for the upcoming UPR and noted that the Czechs have
also publicized their questions (listed below) for the DPRK.
The Czechs anticipate that many countries will wish to speak
at the December 7 UPR, and for that reason they have a
statement prepared and ready for release, should they be
unable to speak.

2. (U) Begin text of Czech questions:

Advance Questions of the Czech Republic to the Democratic
Peoples' Republic of Korea
-Presently, the DPRK is one of the last UN member states who
have not yet become State Parties to the Convention Against
Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
Punishment which offers an important support to national
efforts of States to eradicate torture. Does the DPRK
consider becoming a State Party to this convention and its
Optional Protocol?

-What specific measures are being adopted to ensure effective
protection of persons against torture? Is there a mechanism
of an independent overview of detention and prison facilities
and a system for complaints of potential victims?

- How is ensured human rights education and training of
police, prison and detention staff and their accountability
for possible violations of human rights?

- How is ensured protection of persons against discrimination
based on social origin? Are there any complaint mechanisms
to allow for an independent investigation of possible cases
of discrimination?

- We welcome the fact that DPRK is a State Party to four core
human rights treaties (ICCPR, CEDAW, CRC and ICESCR) and we
would like to know how is ensured national implementation of
obligations from these treaties.

End text of Czech questions.
Thompson-Jones

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