EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 25/19/95
1 September 1995
Further information on UA 193/95 (ASA 25/18/95, 2 August 1995) - Health concern
/ Fear of ill-treatment / Prisoner of conscience
REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA)Park Yong-gil (f), aged 76
On 1 September 1995, Park Yong-gil spent her 76th birthday in Seoul Detention
Since her arrest on 31 July for making an unauthorized visit to North Korea,
Park Yong-gil has been questioned by the Agency for National Security Planning
(ANSP, South Korea's intelligence agency) and the prosecution. She has not
yet been charged.
Activists in South Korea are concerned about her health as she suffers from
heart disease and has apparently had two attacks of chest pain since her
imprisonment. Doctors from outside the prison have not been allowed to visit
her and meetings with family and supporters have reportedly been restricted.
Amnesty International considers Park Yong-gil to be a prisoner of conscience
and continues to call for her immediate and unconditional release.
The National Security Law provides up to ten years' imprisonment for those
who make unauthorized visits to North Korea. Suspects held under the National
Security Law may be held for up to 50 days without charge and during this time
access to lawyers and family members is sometimes restricted. Medical facilities
in prisons are generally inadequate and prisoners are often denied access to
outside medical attention.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English or your own language or in your own language:
- expressing continued concern about Park Yong-gil's health;
- urging the Ministry of Justice and prison authorities to ensure that she
is given adequate medical care;
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Park Yong-gil.
1) President Kim Young-sam
The Blue House
Republic of Korea
Faxes: +822 770 0253
Telegrams: President Kim Young-sam, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Salutation: Dear President
2) Minister of Justice
Mr Ahn Woo-man