Release anti-free trade activists in South Korea! sign now


International Protest Letter

In Protest against the Arrests of Seok-woon PARK and Je-jun JU

We Demand their Immediate Release!

We Demand an Immediate End to the Suppression of the Korean Alliance!


We are seriously troubled by the police brutality and government suppression of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. We urge you to immediately release Mr. Seok-Woon Park and Mr. Je-Jun Ju, two officers of the Korean Alliance and immediately halt police repression against the organization. Your actions against these political dissenters signify South Koreas deteriorating state of civil liberties and return to an authoritarian state.

On Monday, October 9, Mr. Je-jun Ju and Mr. Seok-woon Park were arrested in Seoul on two charges. The first charge was for organizing public vigils and demonstrations after two Korean farmers were brutally beaten and killed by the police during a protest in December 2005. The second charge was for organizing and carrying out illegal and non-permitted protests against the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

The Korean Alliance is a coalition group of over 300 civil society organizations ranging from peasants, trade unionists and filmmakers to doctors. Since its formation in March 2006, the Korean Alliance has organized dozens of peaceful and legal demonstrations throughout the country. But since November 2006, your administration unilaterally declared all Korean Alliance public rallies illegalin direct violation of Article 21 of the Republic of Korea Constitution. Article 21 does not recognize a permit system for rallies; only a notice needs to be given, which they did without fail. Their arrests are in direct violation of their democratic and constitutional right to assemble and express their political views.

These arrests follow in the heels of the July 2007 arrests of Mr. Jong-ryul Oh and Mr. Gwang-hoon Jung, the Korean Alliance Co-Chairs, also on charges of carrying out illegal and non-permitted protests against the FTA. Your administration has also issued arrest warrants for 27 leaders of the Korean Metal Workers Union for their involvement in the June 2007 general strike to oppose the FTA.

Citizens and civil society organizations must be allowed to give meaningful input into legislation and agreements that will have profound and wide-reaching consequences for their lives and livelihoods. Because the process by which the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was negotiated was deeply flawed, non-transparent, and allowed for no citizen input, these South Korean citizens used the limited legal means available to them to organize visible protest to both the process and the content of the agreement. This act of political participation should be valued in a democracy, not silenced or suppressed.

South Korea has made important democratic strides since the 1980s. We have witnessed this transformation. But the arrests of these political dissidents are in direct violation of the countrys basic democratic principles and constitutional rights. South Korea is a democratic nation that guarantees under its constitution the rights to assemble and freedom of speech. As a member of the United Nations, South Korea has signed on to international conventions that protect and promote the advancement of human rights. These rights are fundamental to any democratic nation, and we strongly feel that these arrests signal South Koreas return to an authoritarian state.

The global community is watching South Korea and if this trend of violence and repression continues, we can promise your Administration that the international community will not sit still. We urge the Administration to correct its mistakes and restore basic constitutional rights to these individuals and the Korean Alliance.

We urge you President Roh Moo-Hyun to 1.) Release the two political prisoners; and 2.) Take swift and substantive steps to end police and government repression against human rights advocates and trade union leaders speaking out against the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.


Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in, otherwise register an account for free then sign the petition filling the fields below.
Email and the password will be your account data, you will be able to sign other petitions after logging in.

Privacy in the search engines? You can use a nickname:

Attention, the email address you supply must be valid in order to validate the signature, otherwise it will be deleted.

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Shoutbox

Who signed this petition saw these petitions too:

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in

Comment

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Goal
300 / 1000

Latest Signatures

  • 18 January 2016300. Paula C
    I support this petition
  • 06 January 2016299. Cynthia C
    I am outraged that these two individuals were arrested for essentially speaking up on behalf of workers and economic justice. Your efforts in North Korea will all be in vain if you do not release the activists. Is South Korea a democracy or is it under fa
  • 03 January 2016298. Yomaira F
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 2015297. Sung Up
    I support this petition
  • 17 December 2015296. Krista H
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 2015295. Albie M
    I support this petition
  • 27 November 2015294. Jon H
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015293. Linda K
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015292. Hyunsun C
    NO FTA
  • 14 November 2015291. Nadya Z
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 2015290. Stephanie H
    I support this petition
  • 25 October 2015289. Ian H
    I support this petition
  • 19 October 2015288. Nicols C
    "Free Trade Agreement" is a branch from imperial nations to increase hunger, injustice, inequality and jeopardize peace and any kind of development for sovereign counties of the world. Organization Defensorнa Indнgena ECUA-USA DEPIEA City, State Corona Q
  • 15 October 2015287. Vladimir T
    I support this petition
  • 08 October 2015286. Esther A
    I support this petition
  • 15 August 2015285. Harvey B
    I support this petition
  • 09 August 2015284. Wendy S
    I support this petition
  • 04 August 2015283. Tony A
    I support this petition
  • 07 July 2015282. Mahbub Copeland
    no more FTA Organization mwtv City, State seoul
  • 28 June 2015281. Thomas Lyons
    I support this petition
  • 19 June 2015280. Na Youngs
    I support this petition
  • 06 June 2015279. Monika V
    I support this petition
  • 03 May 2015278. Trina T
    I support this petition
  • 30 April 2015277. Patricia C
    I support this petition
  • 23 April 2015276. Stephanie C
    I support this petition
  • 29 March 2015275. Tom H
    I support this petition
  • 16 December 2014274. Marilyn B
    Is this democracy? Organization Food First City, State Oakland, CA USA

browse all the signatures

Information

Jeanne AcevedoBy:
Entertainment and MediaIn:
Petition target:
President Roh Moo-Hyun, South Korea

Tags

No tags

Share

Invite friends from your address book

Embed Codes

direct link

link for html

link for forum without title

link for forum with title

Widgets