The UN Human Rights Council has adopted by consensus a resolution condemning human rights abuses in North Korea.
It's the 19th consecutive year for the council to adopt such a resolution since 2003.
This year's resolution was submitted by the EU and co-sponsored by 43 countries including the U.S., which returned after leaving the council in 2018 during the Trump administration.
Seoul did not co-sponsor the resolution.
It's the third straight year that South Korea has not joined as a co-sponsor.
South Korea's foreign ministry said there's no change in its stance, adding the decision was based on a comprehensive review of various situations.
However, it added that it took part in adopting the resolution by consensus, joining international efforts to promote human rights in the North.
The resolution condemns the regime for its systematic, broad and grave violations of human rights, while stressing the importance of providing supplies to the North's most vulnerable people amid the pandemic.
It also underscored the urgency of resolving the divided families and reunion issues.
It also covers human rights breaches on non-repatriated prisoners of war as well as their descendants.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.