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Republic of Korea (South Korea): Dozens arrested as government cracks down on "leftist ideology"

, Index number: ASA 25/014/1996

At least 28 people have been arrested under the National Security Law during May 1996, marking a new government crackdown on leftist and alleged pro-North Korean activities. Those arrested include students, military conscripts and teachers, accused of joining student groups such as Chonhakryon (National Student Political Union), Chunhaktooryon (National Patriotic Student Group), Nasachong (Young Patriotic Group) and Sanomaeng (Socialist Workers' League). Amnesty International is calling for the release of all those held for the non-violent exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association, and for the amendment of the National Security Law.

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