02/12/2018

Urgent Action Update: Forcibly Returned Woman Faces Treason Charges (North Korea: UA 253.17)


A woman named Koo Jeong-hwa (aged 24, previously identified as Lee Su-jung in China) has been detained since 3 December 2017 in North Korea and a decision on her sentence is expected from the Ministry of State Security in March 2018. She is at risk of being sent to a political prison camp together with her 4-year-old son, where they may be subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

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A woman named Koo Jeong-hwa (aged 24, previously identified as Lee Su-jung in China) has been detained since 3 December 2017 in North Korea and a decision on her sentence is expected from the Ministry of State Security in March 2018. She is at risk of being sent to a political prison camp together with her 4-year-old son, where they may be subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Ensure that Koo Jeong-hwa and the other individuals previously detained with her are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and have regular and unrestricted access to medical treatment on request or as necessary during detention;
  • Release Koo Jeong-hwa and the other individuals previously detained with her, and drop the charges against them unless there is sufficient credible admissible evidence that they have committed an internationally recognizable criminal offense and are promptly tried in proceedings which meet international fair trial standards, without recourse to the death penalty.

Contact these two officials by 26 March, 2018:
Minister of State Security
Kim Won-hung
Ministry of State Security
Pyongyang
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the Office of the United Nations in New York
Mr Ja Song-nam
820 Second Ave, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA
Phone: 212 972 3105 -OR- 212 972 3106
Fax: +1 212 972 3154
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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