South Korea: Appeal for the release of Hwang Tae-kwon
Hwang Tae-kwon, aged 37, is serving a 20-year sentence under the National Security Law on charges of passing state secrets to North Korean agents. He was arrested in June 1985 on return to South Korea from the USA, where he had studied political science. He was held incommunicado until early August, under interrogation by the ANSP. He was allegedly tortured during interrogation and convicted on the basis of a confession made during interrogation. AI is appealing for his immediate release as a prisoner of conscience.