[CIFS] Urgent call / Appel urgent: Repression in Korea
Pierre.Rousset at ras.eu.org
Fri Jul 6 11:30:58 CEST 2007
ACT BEFORE JULY 13 / Agissez avant le 13 juillet
Bonjour à toutes et tous, Dear all,
Un appel à la solidarité a été envoyé de Corée du Sud où la
répression frappe les animateurs de la campagne contre l'accord de
libre échange Corée-Etats unis et en particulier la fédération
syndicale de la métallurgie KMWU.
L'appel est reproduit ci-dessous.
Toutes les informations disponibles se trouvent sur le site d'ESSF
dans deux rubriques:
An urgent call for solidarity has been sent because of the repression
in South Korea of animatuers of the anti-FTA campaign and especially
against the Korean Metal Workers Union (KMWU), of the KCTU.
See the call below.
All information available can be found in two sections of ESSF website:
INTERNATIONAL PROTEST LETTER
In Protest against the Arrests of Oh Jong-ryul and Jung Gwang-hoon
3 July 2007
Participate in the campaign for the release of two Korean Alliance
against KorUS FTA co-chairs, who were arrested and imprisoned as of
3rd July, for leading anti-FTA activities.
For enquiries, please write to the KoA intl team interstruggle at gmail.com
We Demand their Immediate Release! We Demand an Immediate End to
Police Suppression of the Korean Alliance!
July 3, 2007
From: International Community Concerned about Democratic Principles
and Economic and Social Justice
To: South Korea’s President Roh Moo-hyun
We are serisouly disappointed and troubled by the police suppression
of the Korean Alliance against the Korea-U.S. FTA and the arrests of
its two officers. We write this urgent letter to demand 1) the
immediate release of Mr. Oh Jong-ryul and Mr. Jung Gwang-hoon, two Co-
Chairs of the Korean Alliance and 2) an immediate end to police
suppression of the Korean Alliance..
First, the arrests of Mr. Oh and Mr. Jung are a direct violation of
basic democratic principles and constitutional rights. We believe
that South Korea is a democratic nation that guarantees, under the
constitution, the right to associate and oppose unjust practices of
ruling authority. These rights are fundamental to any democratic
nation, and we strongly feel that today’s arrests may represent a
retrogression of Korea’s status as a democratic nation. In addition,
the police’s disregard for their old age and health conditions shows
a sign of inhumane treatment.
Second, their arrests are an infringement of international principles
of political and civil rights. As a member of the United Nations,
South Korea has signed on to connventions that protect and promote
the advancement of social freedom and human rights. South Korea has
made important democratic strides since the 1970s. We have witnessed
this transformation. We urge the Roh Moo-hyun Administration, elected
by democratic means, to not forget Korea’s history and to foster
international and democratic principles. The rights of the people to
assemble and express their voices must be protected.
And third, we demand an immediate end of police suppression against
the Korean Alliance. We are aware that South Korea’s constitution
(Article 21) does not recognize a permit system for rallies; only
notices need to be given, which the Korean Alliance has done without
fail. Therefore, we believe that the activities of the Korean
Alliance is by no means illegal. The police suppression of FTA
protests, which we have seen in the media, is shocking. The fact that
the Korean Alliance’s activities are singled out and determined as
illegal indicates a direct attack against a people’s organization and
an obvious violation of Korea’s constitution.
We disapprove the decisions made by the Roh Moo-hyun Administration
on the officers and activities of the Korean Alliance. Along with the
recent suppression of Korean auto workers, we fear that the
suppression of the Korean Alliance signals a dangerous digressive
trend in Korea’s democracy. If this trend continues, we can promise
the Administration that the international community will not sit
still. We urge the Administration to correct its mistakes and return
the rights that are inherent to the people of Korea and the world.
Please send endoresements via email to interstruggle at gmail.com
Indicate that you endorse this letter, then give us your name,
organization, city, and country.
Timing is crucial, so please send us your endorsements by July 13, 2007
Europe solidaire sans frontières (ESSF)
Pierre.Rousset at ras.eu.org
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