Anchor: The UN special rapporteur for human rights has revealed his plans to report to the UN General Assembly about South Korean and American detainees being held in North Korea. 
Tomás Ojea Quintana spoke to KBS World Radio and our Kim Daum has this report.
 
Report: The UN special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea says he will report to the UN General Assembly about South Korean and American detainees held in the reclusive state.
 
In a telephone interview with KBS World Radio on Wednesday, Tomás Ojea Quintana revealed his plan to include the detainee situation in his annual report due in October.
 
[Sound bite: Tomás Ojea Quintana - UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in North Korea (English)]
"The case of American citizen, Otto Warmbier, showed to the international community what could be the conditions of foreigners in detention in the DPRK... I would be presenting my next report to the member states of the United Nations to the General Assembly on the 26th of October. In that report, I am including a section on the situation of foreigners including of course South Koreans who are in detention in the DPRK." 
 
His comments come as South Korea’s National Human Rights Commission is seeking to ask the UN special rapporteur for assistance investigating the whereabouts of six South Koreans being detained in North Korea.
 
At least three U.S. citizens are also being held in the North.
 
Quintana said North Korea must respect the detainees' right to access embassies stationed in the country, specifying the Swedish mission given the absence of a South Korean or U.S. diplomatic outpost in the North.
 
In the wake of the UN Security Council's adoption of new sanctions on the North Korean nuclear program, Quintana also urged the UNSC members to gauge the impact of the measures on ordinary North Korean citizens.  
 
[Sound bite: Tomás Ojea Quintana - UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in North Korea (English)]
"...the Security Council should be asking themselves what will be the impact of this kind of sanctions on the livelihood of the ordinary people living in the country. I am very concerned about this because I don’t see the Security Council addressing this problem. The Security Council is not offering any framework to address this problem and gradually the information that I am receiving from what is happening in the DPRK is telling that this kind of sanctions is putting the common people in a very difficult situation. And I believe that members of the Security Council don’t want to affect the humanitarian situation of the people in the DPRK."
 
He also expressed concerns that North Korean missile and nuclear activities have increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula and overshadowed the issue of the destitute human rights situation in the North.
 
While calling for keeping attention on the issue, Quintana urged Pyongyang to cooperate with his efforts to improve human rights as a member of the UN. 
Kim Daum, KBS World Radio News.