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UN rights envoy urges North Korea to clarify U.S. student case

this Feb. 29, 2016 file photo, American student Otto Warmbier
speaks to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Kim Kwang Hyon (Associated Press)

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights investigator
on North Korea called on Pyongyang on Friday to provide a full
explanation of why an American student was returned home this
week in a coma after being in custody for more than year.

Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old university student released to the
United States this week after being held in North Korea for 17
months, has a severe brain injury and is in a state of
“unresponsive wakefulness”, his Ohio doctors said on Thursday.

“While I welcome the news of Mr Warmbier’s release, I am very
concerned about his condition, and the authorities have to
provide a clear explanation about what made him slip into a
coma,” Tomas Ojea Quintana, the U.N. special rapporteur on human
rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said
in a statement issued in Geneva.


(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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