Human rights violations is a usual practice in the “democratic” South Korea. There are hundreds of prisoners today that have been falling victim to the so called National Security Law. As of February 2014, the elected lawmaker of the South Korean parliament, Lee Seok-ki of the Unified Progressive Party, was arrested and later sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for violating the oppressive Law. The National Security Law is of very arbitrary character and have been criticized by several human rights groups as it gives the South Korean National Security Agency unlimited power to strike against any possible opposition. The South Korean state have permanently blocked what they claims are Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and other internet sites that are pro-DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). The National Security Law was first adapted in 1948 as a continuation of the former Japanese colonial Anti-Communism law. Under its new colonial rulers, the United States, the National Security Law was of suitable character in the US burning crusade against communism. Communism were with that made illegal in South Korea under the new US rule. Compared to it’s northern neighbor, the DPRK, South Korea doesn’t have constitutional rights for its citizens. When socialist Korea was proclaimed, the people living in northern Korea was also granted the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly as well as freedom of association – at the same time the US-puppet regime of Seoul killed one fifth of the Jeju Island as they were alleged to be communists and pro-DPRK.
The arbitrariness of the National Security Law is easily summarized up by the following: “Recognition of the DPRK as a political entity; organizations advocating the overthrow of the government; the printing, distributing, and ownership of “anti-government” material; and any failure to report such violations by others is illegal”. Simply speaking out in support of the DPRK still carries a prison sentence of up to seven years. In 2002, Mr. Lee, a new recruit in the South Korean army, was sentenced to two years in prison for having said, “I think Korean separation is not North Korean but American fault” to fellow soldiers. The Military Prosecutor’s Office could not charge him for what he had said, but it searched Mr. Lee’s civilian house and found various books and charged him in violation of the NSA under Article 7, Clauses 1 and 5. Reverend Han Sang Ryol (pictured to the left) was sentenced in 2011 to five years imprisonment as well as five years disqualification from holding office by the South Korean puppet regimes Seoul Central District Court.
When so called human rights groups criticize South Korea for violating human rights, they’re always mentioning and consider South Korea as a democracy. That is incorrect. South Korea is not a democracy, and has never been. The National Security Law is an obstacle for both peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula. The National Security Law must be abolished in order to achieve the popular wish of the Korean people – the peaceful reunification of Korea!
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