South Korea: Letters from prisoners and their families
This document contains excerpts from letters received by AI groups during 1992 and early 1993 from prisoners and their families. Some of the prisoners whose cases are described remain in prison; others have been released recently. At the time of writing, there were some 370 political prisoners in South Korea. The cases cited here are: long-term prisoners Kim Song-man and Hwang Tae-kwon; long-term prisoner Ham Ju-myong; Im Su-kyong, a student; parliamentarian Suh Kyung-won and his secretary Pang Yang-kyun; political activist Kang Ki-hun; teacher and trade unionist Lee Bu-yong; army conscript Park Kil-nam; Reverend Hong Keun-soo; and student Im Bong- kyun.