The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has called on the international community to further all efforts to improve the human rights situation in the country. “In addition to continuing political pressure to exhort the DPRK to improve human rights, it is also now imperative to pursue criminal responsibility of the DPRK leadership,” said Marzuki Darusman in Tokyo at the end of his last official visit as a UN Human Rights Council’s independent expert. “Not much has changed in the country almost two years after the report of the Commission of Inquiry,” the Special Rapporteur, whose mandate ends in July 2016, added. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), since his appointment in 2010, Mr. Darusman has made several requests to visit DPRK; however, access was never granted. He has been visiting other countries in the region such as Japan, Thailand and the Republic of Korea.