December 16, 1995 |
Caressing her son's tombstone, Pae Eun Shim cried out to his spirit with exciting news: "Han Yol, Han Yol! [Former presidents] Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae Woo are imprisoned now!" Nearby, ignoring a freezing wind, Choi In Soon, 78, went from grave to grave, sprinkling sand she had washed 108 times to "ease the anger" in the hearts of the dead.
January 18, 1990 |
Amnesty International accused South Korea of reversing a two-year trend of human rights improvement, citing mass arrests and the reported torture of prisoners. The London-based group said 800 political and union activists have been arrested in a crackdown on political opposition by President Roh Tae Woo's government.
May 15, 1990 |
A fascinating test case was filed recently to try to force the Bush Administration to vigorously enforce some provisions of U.S. trade laws that can have a profound economic and political impact around the world. In sum, the relatively new provisions of our trade laws say this country must sharply restrict our trade with nations that fail to provide their workers with some fundamental, internationally recognized rights.
February 11, 1988 |
The State Department hailed improvements in Moscow's observation of human rights as it released its annual report on the issue Wednesday, but it cautioned that the changes are "less than fundamental." Assistant Secretary of State Richard Schifter, who heads the department's Bureau of Human Rights, told a news conference that the Soviet Union remains a one-party dictatorship, despite the new style of Kremlin leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
July 4, 1987 |
For Kim Kee Joon, there is still no democracy in South Korea. Kim awoke Friday morning to learn that her son, a 25-year-old "prisoner of conscience," will not be among the political prisoners that President Chun Doo Hwan's government plans to release in its promised wave of democratic reforms.
January 21, 1987
South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan fired his home minister and national police chief over the torture death of a student activist in police custody. The student, Park Jong Chul, 21, died last week from having his throat pressed against the edge of a bathtub while his head was pushed into water. Kim Chong Hoh was replaced as home minister by Chung Ho Yong, a former army chief of staff, and the national police director, Kang Min Chang, was replaced by the Seoul police director, Lee Yong Chang.