Crimes against humanity are being committed in North Korea under the personal control of Kim Jong Un, UN human rights investigators said in Geneva, calling for the International Criminal Court in The Hague to take action.

“The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” the UN Commission of Inquiry said.

Calling North Korea a “totalitarian state,” the commission said the crimes against humanity include extermination, enslavement, torture, sexual violence, persecution and starvation.

In a separate letter to Mr. Kim, commission chairman Michael Kirby said officials have been committing such crimes “under the effective control” of Mr. Kim, who is the country’s supreme leader as well as its military and communist party chief.

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