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South Korea: Imprisoned publisher Choi Il-bung

, Index number: ASA 25/019/1993

Choi Il-bung, aged 36, is serving a two-year sentence under the National Security Law (NSL) for alleged "anti-state" activities. He was arrested in September 1992 and charged under Article 7 of the NSL, accused of publishing socialist material and articles about reunification (between North and South Korea) and the environment. These charges relate to his involvement with the International Socialists, a small group which published socialist books and articles. At least three editorial staff members of the group were arrested in March 1992. Amnesty International believes that Choi Il-bung is a prisoner of conscience held solely for the non-violent exercise of his rights of freedom of expression and association, and is calling for his immediate release.

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