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Republic of Korea (South Korea): Public protests, national security and human rights violations: open letter from Amnesty International to President Kim Young-sam

, Index number: ASA 25/006/1997

This letter addresses Amnesty International's concerns, at the time of writing, in the context of mass protests against new legislation on labour matters and on the powers of the Agency for National Security Planning (ANSP). In it AI calls on the President to prevent human rights violations by the ANSP and riot police, not to arrest trade union leaders for exercising their basic rights to freedom of expression and association, to ensure that labour legislation conforms to international standards, and that the prison conditions of political prisoners conform to international standards.

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