February 12, Juche104(2015) “Uriminzokkiri” link
Yun Gi Jin, the husband of Hwang Son, sent a letter to Amnesty International, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and leaders of the EU and other countries.
In the letter he said that his wife, Hwang Son has sincerely followed her faith and belief in trying to accomplish the reunification of Korea, as she strongly believes that it is her destined obligation to participate in the reunification movements for the sake of Korea, as she is one of the people who love their country, which is the only divided one in the world, and continued as follows.
To reunite the Korean nation, both the north and the south must try to understand each other and get to know their counterparts well.
That is why my wife, Hwang Son, and Sin Un Mi, a Korean-American held talk shows for the reunification of Korea across south Korea beginning in November, 2014.
These two ladies both visited the north Korea several times, and they believed that the various experiences they had while visiting it would help south Koreans understand the north better.
But it turned out to be a very preposterous situation: Sin Un Mi was investigated for violating the “Security Law” by the prosecution for her part in the peaceful talk show and was deported from south Korea and banned from south Korea for five years.
Also my wife, Hwang Son, has been placed under arrest, and I am being investigated on the false accusation of clandestinely arranging things behind the talk show.
My two daughters, who are now in elementary school, were deeply traumatized as their mother was taken to jail.
The prosecution defined the song titled “The Man Remembered by Heart” which was sung by Sin Un Mi at the talk show, as a song that highly praises the leaders of the north.
However, the song was released as a legal album in south Korea in 2007 after an agreement was reached with the north on the copyright, and even some south Korean pop singers used to sing the song on TV shows.
Also, the prosecutors even attacked those comments that my wife and Sin Un Mi made about the north during the talk show, for example, “We heard that the number of cellphone users in the north has amounted to 2.5 million.”, “Daedonggang beer is delicious.” and “The north has a policy to help mothers who have triplets.” saying that my wife and Mrs. Sin are praising the north’s regime.
However, those remarks mentioned in the talk show were already reported by some south Korean press and media several years ago.
What the prosecution is arguing is that it is illegal for my wife to talk about some facts concerning the north, even if those facts about the north are true and have already been reported.
Those are the only charges against my wife, Hwang Son, that the prosecutors put forth that are related to the talk show.
The prosecution also charged my wife of violating the “Security Law” based on some poems she wrote and on some personal entries in her diary a long time ago because they did not have enough grounds to indict Hwang Son.
Is there any country that punishes their own citizens on the charge of writing something in a personal diary, which is meant to be read only by the writer, except south Korea?
They also indicted my wife, Hwang Son, saying that she praised a “communist armed revolt” based on a poem about the Jeju April 3rd Uprising and Massacre that she wrote to commemorate the victims of the event.
The Jeju Uprising and Massacre has already been designated by the “government” as a memorial day.
The prosecution is intentionally ignoring the law and the legal decisions and is conducting a “witch hunt” against the peaceful reunification movements.
It is obvious that the prosecution is depriving Hwang Son of her right to the freedom of expression, which is a universal right, by punishing her under the excuse of the reality of the division of the Korea.
The “witch hunt” that condemns unification activists and all the people who desire the reunification of Korea has prevailed in south Korea over the last few years, and has infringed upon fundamental human rights, including the right to the freedom of expression.
Under these circumstances, many south Korean citizens cannot express what they really want to say because they are afraid of being targeted by the prosecution under the “Security Law”.
It seems like the people are living under the same conditions as in the military dictatorship of south Korea in the past, or of the Nazi Party of Germany during the Second World War.
After that the letter said that, on the issue related to the deportation of Sin Un Mi, even the U.S. also criticized that the south Korean “government” and the “Security Law” of south Korea infringe upon the right to the freedom of expression and restrict access to the Internet.
And it continued:
“The New York Times” also reported, “Critics said the loosely worded definition of the ‘Security Law’ leaves it open to abuse. Such fears increase after the south Korean ‘administration’.”
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights specifies that everyone has the right to the freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Likewise, Provision 2 of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights also states, “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”
However, the south Korean “administration” has clearly violated the International Covenent on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The quote, “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” is from the letter by Martin Luther King when he was put in the Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963.
I do not believe that what Sin Un Mi and my wife are suffering will end only in their pain.
All the citizens living in south Korea cannot enjoy the right to the freedom of expression out of fear due to the “witch hunt” against the so called “north Korea sympathizers” that has been conducted across south Korea by some extreme conservative newspapers and media channels under the “Security Law”.
The letter finally implored the receivers to be more concerned about the situation of human rights in south Korea so that the south Korean “administration” will stop investigations that unfairly target and politically oppress reunification activists, and release his wife, Hwang Son, from jail immediately.