So Jun Sik, champion of human rights

Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) — The South Korean authorities arrested So Jun Sik, Chairman of the Human Rights Movement Committee, on charges of violating the “National Security Law” for the mere reason that he screened a documentary film dealing with the April 3 popular resistance on Jeju island at a recent human rights film festival.

Japan-born Korean So Jun Sik had been kept in prison for 17 years in South Korea since he was arrested in 1971 on charges of involvement in “campus spyring case” while studying at Seoul National University.
After his release from the prison, he did not go back to Japan but devoted himself to the struggle for the democratisation of South Korean society and human rights, acting as member of the promotion committee for the abrogation of the “Social Security Law”, chairman of the council of families of the long-term prisoners of the family movement for realising democracy and chairman of the human rights committee of the national federation for democracy and unification.
The documentary film presented by So Jun Sik to the human rights film festival deals with testimonies of old men and women aged 70 to 80 who survived the massacre by the punitive force of the puppet army, reports of the then U.S. government, news items carried in newspapers, scientific papers on the April 3 resistance and other objective evidences.
Prior to the festival, the film was also screened at the Pusan International Film Festival. The film was reportedly appreciated by Lee Hoi Chang, Kim Dae Jung and Kim Jong Phil, presidents of the three ruling and opposition parties.
At that time, it offered no problem.

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