Unconditional repatriation of unconverted long-term prisoners demanded

Pyongyang, December 11 (KCNA) — The Korean Committee of Measures for Rescuing Unconverted Long-Term Prisoners in South Korea released information on Friday as regards the mounting struggle for the repatriation of the unconverted long-term prisoners in South Korea this year.

Recalling that the unconverted long-term prisoners spent almost all their lives in prison for the mere reason that they rejected “ideological conversion,” the information said: However, they in the sunset of their years are not allowed to go back to their hometowns where their families and relatives wait for them. This is an intolerable crime against humanity in the light of the requirements of the international law on human rights and from a humanitarian point of view.

The central committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society sent letters to the South Korean Red Cross three times this year denouncing the South Korean side for blocking their repatriation and strongly demanding it take humanitarian measures for their unconditional repatriation before the end of this year.

The central committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, the Council for National Reconciliation and other organizations, different human rights organizations and families and relatives of such unconverted long-term prisoners in South Korea as Kim In So, Kim Yong Thae and Ham De Hwan issued statements and letters pushing for their repatriation.

Meanwhile, human rights organizations including the Committee for the Promotion of the Repatriation of Unconverted Long-Term Prisoners, religious organizations and people from all walks of life in South Korea formed a liaison council for the promotion of the repatriation of unconverted long-term prisoners, held press conferences, sent letters and staged a pan-national signature campaign and other protest movements. A positive struggle was also waged by the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.

This year’s campaign for their repatriation was participated in by many political parties, organizations, and individual figures of many countries in the world including Ukraine, Japan, Nigeria and Peru, regional organizations, international organizations including the International Democratic Lawyers Association, major newspapers and radios and magazines in different countries.

They condemned the South Korean authorities for their inhumane attitude and strongly demanded the repatriation of unconverted long-term prisoners.

Warning the South Korean rulers that if something deplorable happens to the unconverted long-term prisoners, they will be wholly responsible for its serious consequences, the information strongly urged them to unconditionally repatriate Kim In So, Kim Yong Thae, Ham Se Hwan and all other unconverted long-term prisoners to their families and relatives in the north before the end of the year, as unanimously demanded by the people at home and abroad.

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