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S. Korea Couple Cannot Attend Award Ceremony

November 20, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A South Korean couple who won a human rights award will not attend a ceremony to receive the prize here today because he is in prison and she cannot leave their country, the Robert Kennedy Memorial Foundation said Thursday.

Foundation spokeswoman Sue Vogelsinger said South Korean authorities rebuffed appeals this week to allow Inn Jae Keun to come to the United States to receive the Robert Kennedy Human Rights Award won by Inn and her husband, imprisoned dissident Kim Keun Tae.

Kim, 40, was convicted of disseminating North Korean Communist propaganda, Vogelsinger said, and his wife was refused a passport.

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