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Petition to Save Choi Yong-hun

The following petition, written in three languages (Korean, Japanese and English), was circulated and signed by legislators, NGO members and attendees at the Conference.

After the signatures were gathered, the petition was sent to the office of Roh Moo-Hyun, president of South Korea.

Dear President Roh Moo-Hyun,


Choi Yong-hun, a South Korean humanitarian aid worker, was arrested in January 2003 and sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to help North Korean refugees in Yantai, China. He is still in a Chinese prison, where he has been held unjustly for more than 2 years and a half, while the international community watches and wonders why you have forgotten him.

Jubilee Campaign USA, who submitted the petition for Choi Yong-hun to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, received the opinion from them in July, 2005, stating that the deprivation of liberty of Choi Yong-hun is “arbitrary.” The Working Group is requesting that the Chinese government take action to rectify this misapplication of its justice system.

The South Korean government must emphatically protest the Chinese government’s illegal arrest and long detention of Choi Yong-hun.

We strongly urge the government of South Korea to demand that the Chinese government immediately release Choi Yong-hun.