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Further information on UA 78/94 (ASA 25/12/94, 1 March; and follow-up ASA 25/14/94, 25 March) - South Korea: mass arrests / fear of ill-treatment / legal concern: Hwang Seung-hyun, Jang Gee-bum, Kim Mee-kyung, Lee Kwon-seop (released); Lee Sang-yeop, Lee

, رقم الوثيقة: ASA 25/016/1994

Hwang Seung-hyun, Jang Gee-bum, Kim Mee-kyung and Lee Kwon-seop were released after questioning by police about the activities of the singing troupe, Heemangsae (Bird of Hope). The troupe's two leaders, Lee Sang-yeop and Lee Yoon-jung are still in custody. Four other members or Heemangsae arrested on 21 and 22 February have been charged under the National Security Law. All six are prisoners of conscience.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 25/16/94
Distr: UA/SC
28 March 1994
Further information on UA 78/94 (ASA 25/12/94, 1 March 1994) and follow-up
(ASA 25/14/94 of 25 March) - Mass Arrests/Fear of Ill-Treatment/Legal concern
SOUTH KOREA:Hwang Seung-hyun - released
Lee Sang-yeop (f)
Lee Yoon-jung (f)
Jang Gee-bum - released
Kim Mee-kyung (f) - released
Lee Kwon-seop - released
Kim Tae-il
Lee Chang-eul
Cho Jae-hyun
Song Hyun-jik
Hwang Seung-hyun, Jang Gee-bum, Kim Mee-kyung and Lee Kwon-seop were released
after questioning by the police. They were interrogated about the activities
of the singing troupe Heemangsae (Bird of Hope) and its plans to stage the
musical Shining Path, based on a book which the authorities said praised North
Korea.
The troupe's two lead singers, Lee Sang-yeop and Lee Yoon-jung, are still in
police custody. Their continued detention appears to be an attempt to prevent
them from staging the musical. Amnesty International believes that they are
prisoners of conscience.
Four other members of Heemangsae, Kim Tae-il, Lee Chang-eul, Cho Jae-hyun and
Song Hyun-jik, arrested on 21 and 22 February (see ASA 25/12/94) have been
charged under the National Security Law for attempting to stage a pro-North
Korean musical and for distributing information about the musical via a computer
communication network. Amnesty International believes that they are prisoners
of conscience.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- welcoming the release of four Heemangsae members but expressing concern at
the continued detention of Lee Sang-yeop, Lee Yoon-jung, Kim Tae-il, Lee
Chang-eul, Cho Jae-hyun and Song Hyun-jik and urging that they be released
immediately and unconditionally;
- urging the authorities to ensure that Lee Sang-yeop and Lee Yoon-jung, who
appear to be still under police interrogation, are protected from torture and
ill-treatment in custody;
- urging the authorities to account publicly for the situation of, and charges
against, those detained in mass arrests since February 1994.
APPEALS TO:
1) President Kim Young-sam
The Blue House
1 Sejong-no
Chongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Telegrams: President Kim, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Telexes: 24651 or 24652 or 24653 WOIMUBU K
Faxes: + 822 720 0253
2
Salutation: Dear President Kim
2) Mr KIM Doo-hee
Minister of Justice
1 Chungang-dong
Kwachon-myon, Shihung-gun
Kyonggi Province, Republic of Korea
Telegrams: Justice Minister Kim, Shihung-gun, Kyongi Province, Republic of
Korea
Telexes: 24757 MOJUST K
Faxes: + 822 504 3337
Salutation: Dear Minister Kim
3) Mr KIM Hwa-nam
Director
National Police Administration
209 Mi Kun-dong, Sudaemoon-gu
Chongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Telegrams: Director, National Police Administration, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Faxes: +82 2 720 2686 (c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Salutation: Dear Sir
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Editor, Hankyoreh Daily
1-2 Yangpyeong-dong 2-ga
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Faxes: + 822 710 0310, + 822 671 7797
Human Rights Group:
Minkahyop
2Fl, 592-7
Changsin-2-dong, Seoul, Republic of Korea
and to diplomatic representatives of South Korea accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 9 May 1994

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