Request for organizational or personal Endorsement
- Please sign a Letter for Immediate Release of the arrested UPP members including Rep. Lee Seok-ki.
Dear Colleagues in international community,
We, Korean people especially the whole members of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP), are in a crucial moment with regards to the political freedom.
The UPP’s 7 members including Rep. Lee Seok-ki were arrested by the National Intelligency Service (NIS) during the last September and are being under trial on the charge of conspiracy of insurgency. We strongly believe that the NIS and Park, Geun-hye administration fabricated charges in order to avoid unfavorable political situation to them.
The UPP is also under the severe threat of being dismissed because it is the one which has spearheaded the anti-war and peace campaign as well as the movement to dismantle the NIS that illegally intervened in the 2012 presidential election. Today, Korean people are worried about terror of a ‘witch hunt’ by the Park, Geun-hye administration that is attempting to reverse Korean society to the past military dictatorship led by the father of President Park Geun-hye in the 1970s.
The NIS failed to present substantive evidence to prove charges. The only evidence which was presented by the NIS for charges was recording tapes and transcript over what Lee, Seok-ki and other members discussed at a meeting. But a recording tape was not an original copy and there were 272 errors in the transcript that was written down to the copy recording by the NIS.
This insurrection conspiracy case on Lee, Seok-ki and other UPP members is representing the serious political situation suppressing basic human rights and Korean democracy.
Below is a sign-on letter addressed to the Suwon District Court for Rep. Lee Seok-ki and other members of the UPP in jail. In particular it requests the Court to release immediately arrested UPP members including Rep. Lee Seok-ki.
If you wish to sign-on to the letter please send an email to [email protected]
by 31th December 2013 with the name of your organisation, country and contact details. If you have any question or comment to the sign-on letter, please don't hesitate to be in touch with us.
With best regards,
Task Force against ‘Conspiracy of an Insurrection’ fabricated by NIS and Political Repression
Honoroble Kim Jong-woon
We, the undersigned, sincerely wish for South Korea to advance as a democratic society that advocates human rights. We admire that South Korea put an end to military dictatorship through decades of struggle for democracy. It is an OECD member country and an economic powerhouse that ranks among the top ten largest economies. However, the latest news from Korea raised many concerns.
As disclosures of the National Intelligence Service's (NIS) political interference in the last presidential election have had public and people ask for dissolution of the NIS and accountability of President Park Geun-hye, the NIS raided and arrested members of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP), including Representative Lee Seok-ki, on charges of conspiring a rebellion.
We are shocked to learn that the so-called evidence disclosed by the NIS was gathered through three years of secret surveillance and recordings. To detain the UPP members based on what Representative Lee Seok-ki told in his speech or what the UPP members said in their discussion is to suppress the freedom of thought and speech. If South Korea were a truly democratic society, differences in thought should be resolved through discussions ; it is gravely unfortunate that the government instead chose to put seven people behind bars and now faces accusations of human rights violation and liberty restriction.
We, the undersigned, are especially concerned that the so-called Lee Seok-ki conspiracy for rebellion case has all the trappings of political repression and retaliation by the South Korean government against its political opposition. After detaining and indicting seven people, even before the start of the first trial, the South Korean government petitioned for the dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party. As a progressive party, the Unified Progressive Party represents the powerless and fights for the working people. The New York Times, in an article assessed that the South Korean government's petition to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party is political retaliation against the former UPP presidential candidate who publicly criticized Park Geun-hye at the national TV debate during the last presidential election. The government's decision to eliminate an entire political party which advance or fade away through the chocie of citizens is reminiscent of fascism.
South Korea has a history of cracking down on political opposition through its intelligence agency during the military dictatorship era. The injustice cases with those who were imprisoned or executed on charges of conspiracy for rebellion has been exposed through retrials that overturned the original verdicts 30 years later. The most well-known case is the so-called Kim Dae-jung conspiracy for rebellion case. We, the undersigned, are gravely concerned about South Korea's return to the past where the intelligence agency took the lead in cracking down on political opposition forces.
Honorable Kim Jong-woon, We believe that South Korea's democracy will continue to advance because that is the wish of the people and many are working tirelessly to defend democracy. The judiciary's retrial and overturn of wrong verdicts of the past was a valorous act that greatly contributed to the advance of democracy in South Korea.
The seven people currently detained, including Rep. Lee Seok-ki, were subjected to a sensationalized public trial by a media which didn't even fact-check the information provided to them by the intelligence agency, and have suffered as a result serious emotional and material damage. Their families are also accused of being communists and spies and are the targets of a witch hunt.
We, the undersigned, wish for those who are detained to return to the arms of their families and friends. We wish for an end to the intelligence agency's crackdown on political opposition. We do not wish for the regression of South Korea's democracy and human rights. We await your just and wise judgment.
조직 및 개인 지지서명 요청서
- 이석기 의원을 비롯한 구속된 통합진보당 당원들의 즉각적인 석방을 위한 편지에 서명해주십시오.
한국 국민과 통합진보당 전체 당원들은 정치적 자유와 관련하여 아주 위험한 시기를 맞고 있습니다.
이석기 의원을 비롯한 통합진보당의 7명이 국정원에 의해서 지난 9월 구속되어 지금 내란음모죄로 재판을 받고 있습니다. 우리는 국정원과 박근혜 정부가 자신들에게 불리한 정치적 상황을 모면하기 위하여 혐의를 조작했다고 믿고 있습니다.
통합진보당 역시 해산의 위기에 처해 있습니다. 진보당이 반전, 평화와 2012년 대선에 불법적으로 개입한 국정원 해산을 강력하게 요구하는 운동을 선도했기 때문입니다. 오늘날, 한국국민들은 박근혜정부가 자행하는 ‘마녀사냥’의 공포를 우려하고 있습니다. 박근혜 정부는 한국사회를 1970년대 박근혜 아버지, 박정희가 주도한 군사독재시기로 되돌리려 하고 있습니다.
국정원은 혐의를 입증할 만한 증거를 제공하지 못하고 있습니다. 국정원에서 제출한 유일한 증거는 이석기의원과 당원들이 모임에서 토론한 것을 녹음한 테이프와 녹취록입니다. 그러나 녹음테이프는 원본이 아니고, 녹취록 사본은 272곳이 잘못 기록되어 있습니다.
이석기의원과 통합진보당 당원에 대한 내란음모혐의는 한국의 민주주의와 기본적 인권을 억압하는 정치적 상황을 대변하고 있습니다.
아래 편지는 이석기의원과 통합진보당 구속자를 위해서 수원지방법원에 제출하는 것입니다. 특별히 이 편지는 통합진보당 구속자의 즉각적인 석방을 요청하고 있습니다.
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