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Chinese Government Should Release Forcibly Incarcerated South Korean Activists

May 14, 2012

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[Press Release]

Committee for the Release of North Korean Human Rights Activist Kim Young Hwan
Contact: 02-723-6711, 010-8004-4849

“Chinese Government Should Release Forcibly Incarcerated South Korean Activists”

•Four North Korean human rights activists, including Mr. Kim Young Hwan, are imprisoned by Ministry of State Security, Liaoning Province branch
•Forcible interrogation conducted and consular meeting denied
•Violation of international law and inhumane to disallow meeting with family members

Summary

● Kim Young Hwan left South Korea (March 23, 2012)
● Three other South Koreans and Kim arrested in Dalian (March 29, 2012)
● Kim met with South Korean consul (April 26, 2012)
● Kim’s attorney is appointed and applied for interview (May 10, 2012)
● Three other South Koreans are not yet allowed to meet either consul or attorney

Details


Kim Young Hwan, researcher at Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights and activist for North Korean human rights, departed South Korea on March 23 and was arrested on March 29 by Ministry of State Security Liaoning branch in Dalian, China, and he has been detained for fifty days or so.

○ The Republic of Korea’s Consulate General in Shenyang announced that, “Kim and three other South Koreans are detained with a charge of ‘threat to national security (espionage).’” The consulate general interviewed Kim on April 26, but the MSS Liaoning branch did not allow the others to be interviewed.

○ According to the consulate general, MSS Liaoning branch did not answer about the reason of detention. Currently, Kim Young Hwan is known to be incarcerated by the Dandong bureau of MSS. ROK consulate appointed an attorney for Kim and the attorney applied to meet him.

○ In addition, South Korean citizens Yu Jae Gil (44), Kang Shin Sam (42), and Lee Sang Yong (32) were all arrested in Dalian, and known to be separately interrogated in secret. However, MSS Liaoning branch did not specify the reason for detention, whether they are incarcerated, or other details.

○ The three are not allowed to meet consul or attorney, so we do not have information about their safety or condition.

○ We ask the Chinese government to follow international law and allow the South Koreans to meet with consul and family members.

※ Kim Young Hwan has worked for North Korean human rights and democracy since the 1990s. He is a research analyst at NKnet and Zeitgeist.

※Further details will be provided later.

Committee for the Release of North Korean Human Rights Activist Kim Young Hwan

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