UN committee criticizes NKorea human rights

By the Associated Press | November 21, 2011 | 2:35 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee has overwhelmingly approved a resolution aimed at maintaining pressure on North Korea over its systematic and widespread human rights violations.

The General Assembly's human rights committee adopted the non-binding resolution Monday by a vote of 112-16 with 55 abstentions. It must now be approved at a plenary session of the 193-member world body, where its adoption is virtually certain.

The resolution expresses regret at North Korea's failure to implement U.N. recommendations after the country allowed the U.N. Human Rights Council to review its rights record in March 2010.

It cites North Korea's use of torture and the death penalty for political and religious reasons.