South Korea: Imprisoned Sanomaeng members

AI is concerned about some 100 members of Sanomaeng (Socialist Workers’ League) who are serving sentences up to life imprisonment under the National Security Law. The South Korean authorities regard Sanomaeng as an “anti-state” organization; its members and supporters claim that it is merely an organization with a socialist orientation seeking political representation for the working class. Amnong those who have alleged torture in incommunicado detention are: Hyon Jong-dok, Park Kwan-oh, Chon Hyon-son, Park No-hae and Baik Tae-ung. Two of them are said to have attempted suicide as a result of these beatings.

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