Lee Jin-young is being held in solitary confinement after being formally charged under the National Security Law (NSL) for the online distribution of materials that are deemed, by South Korean authorities, to ‘benefit’ North Korea. If found guilty, Lee Jin-young could face up to seven years in prison.
- Immediately drop the charges and release Lee Jin-young as he is prosecuted solely for the peaceful exercise of his human right to freedom of expression;
- Until he is released, immediately end the solitary confinement of Lee Jin-young, and ensure he is allowed meaningful human contact with the outside world as well as adequate medical care;
- Stop the arbitrary use of, and fundamentally amend or abolish, the National Security Law and ensure that South Korea meets its international obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the rights to freedom of expression, opinion, peaceful assembly and association.