South Korea: Medical letter writing action: Yu Chong-sik
Yu Chong-sik, a 54-year old prisoner of conscience, is reported to be in need of medical attention. He is said to suffer from a number of physical and mental health problems but has received little medical treatment. Yu Chong-sik was convicted of espionage on behalf of North Korea in 1975 and initially sentenced to death; the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. AI believes that he was convicted unfairly, on the basis of a confession extracted under torture. As is common in the cases of political prisoners convicted of espionage in South Korea, Yu Chong-sik is forced to remain in virtual isolation. AI is calling for him to received appropriate medical treatment without delay. AI continues to call for his unconditional release.