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January 15, 1986

South Korea has dropped its liberalization moves and is cracking down on political dissidents, student activists and labor unionists, resulting in greater human rights abuses over the last year, a rights monitoring group reported. Asia Watch, after a fact-finding visit to South Korea last year, said some South Koreans hold the United States responsible because it backs the regime of President Chun Doo Hwan. The group, which is funded by the Ford Foundation and by private donations, noted an absence of human rights in Communist North Korea.

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