EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 25/23/95
6 October 1995
Further information (2) on UA 193/95 (ASA 25/18/95, 2 August 1995) and follow-up
(ASA 25/19/95, 1 September 1995) - Health Concern / Fear of Ill-treatment /
Prisoner of Conscience
REPUBLIC OF KOREA (South Korea)Park Yong-gil (f), aged 76
Park Yong-gil, aged 76, is currently held in Seoul Detention Centre. She is
suffering from heart disease and diabetes. Amnesty International continues
to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Park Yong-gil. The
organization is concerned at reports that she is in very poor health and that
she is not receiving adequate medical attention.
On 7 September, Park Yong-gil was transferred to Samsung Medical Centre in
Seoul where she was diagnosed as suffering from heart disease and diabetes.
Against the advice of her doctors, she was sent back to Seoul Detention Centre
on 22 September. Since then her health has reportedly deteriorated and she
is being given an inappropriate diet for her illness.
On 6 September Park Yong-gil was charged under the National Security Law. If
convicted she faces a maximum ten-year sentence.
FURTHER BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Park Yong-gil was arrested on 31 July 1995 and charged under the National
Security Law for making an unauthorized visit to the Democratic People's
republic of Korea (North Korea). Amnesty International adopted her as a prisoner
of conscience, held for the non-violent exercise of her rights to freedom of
expression and association. Several other prisoners are serving long prison
terms under the National Security Law for making unauthorized visits to North
Korea. On 3 October, two students were arrested as they returned from an
unauthorized visit to the North and were also adopted by Amnesty International
as prisoners of conscience.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, Korean or your own language:
- expressing continued concern about Park Yong-gil's health and reports that
she is receiving inadequate medical attention in prison;
- urging the authorities to ensure that she receives adequate medical attention
and appropriate medical treatment;
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Park Yong-gil.
1) President Kim Young-sam
The Blue House
Republic of Korea
Faxes: +822 770 0253
Telegrams: President Kim Young-sam, Seoul, South Korea
Salutation: Dear President
2) Minister of Justice