Repatriation of pows to DPRK urged

Pyongyang, January 8 (KCNA) — Prisoners of war of the DPRK origin have not yet been allowed to come back from South Korea to their hometowns, but put under harsher political persecution.

In this connection, Ri Song Ho, Acting Chairman of the C.C., the DPRK Red Cross Society, sent a letter over radio to President Jong Won Sik of the South Korean Red Cross on Wednesday.
Pows Kim In So, Kim Yong Thae and Ham Se Hwan are now in need of urgent medical treatment.
In the letter Ri Song Ho expressed deep concern over the fact that the South Korean Red Cross has remained a passive onlooker to the authorities’ human rights violations against those unconverted long-term prisoners.
The letter said:
It is only in South Korea that those who were taken prisoner in war nearly half a century ago are still suffering mentally and physically when human rights are accounted much of.
Your side should no longer ignore this reality, but take a responsible step for their repatriation.
I strongly urge your organization to sincerely discharge its red cross mission and send back those prisoners on sickbed to their hometowns at an early date.

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