Release Reunification Activists in South Korea

We, the undersigned, express deep concern over the arrest of six reunification and peace movement activists, who were members of Pan-Korean Alliance for Reunification (PKAR), on May 7, 2009. They were arrested by the National Intelligence Service of the South Korean government and charged with 'communication with the enemy' and 'enemy-benefiting activities', under the infamous and outdated National Security Law. We understand that each arrested activist, namely, Choi Eun-A, Lee Kyu-Jae, Lee Kyeong-Won, Jang Yoon-Kyeong, Yoon Joo-Hyung, and Oh Soon-Wan, has been a part of the reunification movement in South Korea as member of PKAR and various other progressive organizations. PKAR was established in 1991 as part of efforts for reconciliation and solidarity among South Koreans, North Koreans and overseas Koreans. It has openly worked for reunification and has been transparent about its communications with North Korea. Although at times during its history, PKAR has faced hostile opposition from right wing groups and was even labeled an 'enemy-benefiting' organization under the right wing government in 1995, it has long been a respected organization which is actively engaged in civil and cultural exchanges with the Northern counterpart. This is especially so since the historic meeting of Kim Jong-Il (NK) and Kim Dae-Jung (SK) on June 15, 2000 that renewed dialogue and efforts for reunification. Especially, we note that â

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