South Korea: Appeal for the release of Kim Sun-myung: held for 42 years
AI is appealing for the release of Kim Sun-myung, 69, a former textile worker who has been in prison in conditions of extreme isolation since 1951. AI believes that his refusal to sign a statement of "conversion", renouncing his alleged communist views, is the reason why he has been held for so long in poor conditions. Kim Sun-myung was reportedly tortured during interrogation after arrest and convicted unfairly.
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