[CML 004628] 転送: 韓国政府利敵行為としてPSPD弾圧へ: 緊急アピールSTOP Oppression and Investigation of the Prosecutors on PSPD]

maeda akira maeda at zokei.ac.jp
2010年 6月 21日 (月) 19:09:28 JST

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Subject: 	[vaww-net-jm 14836] 韓国政府利敵行為としてPSPD弾圧へ: 緊急ア 
ピールSTOP Oppression and Investigation of the Prosecutors on PSPD
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Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 11:00 PM
Subject: STOP Oppression and Investigation of the Prosecutors on PSPD

      21 June 2010
      STOP Oppression & Prosecutors’ Investigation on PSPD

      Urgent Letter to Friends, Human Rights Defenders and Peace Activities

      Dear Friends, Human Rights Defenders and Peace Activities

      People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), a watchdog 
NGO in South Korea established in 1994, urgently appeals to the 
international community for support and solidarity. PSPD has been oppressed 
and threatened by the Lee Myung-bak government.

      PSPD sent a report ‘PSPD's Stance on the Final Investigation Report 
on the Cheonan’ to the members of the UN Security Council on June 11, 2010. 
The report raised questions, which still need answers and clarifications, on 
the government investigation result and called upon the UN Security Council 
to make a decision heavily prioritizing peace on the Korean Peninsula.

      As all of you are well aware, NGOs’ consultation and communication 
with the UN is a right stated in the UN Charter, and NGOs like everyone are 
granted to exert fundamental rights such as the freedom of opinion and 
expression. However, the Lee Myung-bak government is accusing PSPD as 
unpatriotic and PSPD’s report as ‘against national interest and security.’ 
 It is also arguing that PSPD’s letter to the UN Security Council is 
benefiting the enemy, North Korea, which denies its involvement in the 
Cheonan incident. In addition, it fallaciously asserts that it is out of the 
ordinary that an NGO holds a position contrary to its government.

      Right after official accusations from the government, on June 16, 
2010, the Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation on whether PSPD 
violated the National Security Law, of which the UN recommended its 
abolition and whether sending a report to the UN Security Council is 
defamation under the Korean criminal law. Accordingly, the Prosecutor’s 
Office plans interrogations of PSPD staff members.

      The Blue House (the presidential house of the ROK), the Prime 
Minister, and the Grand National Party’s (the current ruling party of the 
ROK) floor leader, among others, officially denounced PSPD as below.

      On June 15, 2010, the Grand National Party, Spokesperson, Hae Jin Cho 
stated that “PSPD’s behavior is a typical enemy-benefiting behavior… 
Harsh constitutional measures must be imposed on those who try to 
sell/betray the country while hiding behind the freedom and democracy.”

      On June 15, 2010, the Grand National Party’s floor leader, Moo Sung 
Kim stated that “I think that (such behavior) is enemy-benefiting behavior 
that threatens the identity of the Republic of Korea and injures our 
national security… Even though South Korea is a democratic country 
guaranteeing freedom of expression, I cannot tolerate such irresponsible, 
pro-DPRK conduct benefiting the enemy… PSPD should voluntarily dissolve… 
(PSPD) must pay price.”

      On June 14, 2010, the spokesperson of the Blue House stated that 
“this is a shameful and worrisome situation… I really want to ask PSPD 
their underlying purpose in engaging in such behavior.”

      On June 14, 2010, the Prime Minister Un-Chan Chung stated that “I 
wonder of what nationality they (PSPD) are. Such actions are against 
national interest. It (PSPD’s actions) dishonored and shamed our country.”

      On June 15, 2010, the 2nd Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade 
Chun, Yung-woo replied for the question “Are there any cases that a NGO 
sends a contrast position paper against the government on the security 
 issue”, “ I have never heard of that there are such NGOs, and document 
sent by a NGO cannot be a UNSC document.”

      PSPD believes that diplomacy and security policy should be under the 
citizenry’s watch and democratic control. National Security and diplomatic 
policy should not be monopolized by military and diplomatic authorities. As 
a member of the international society, PSPD will continuously make every 
effort to advance the universal goals of democracy and peace through its 
activities as a political watchdog.

      Sincerely Yours

      PSPD’s Stance on the Disputes over its Letter on the Cheonan Incident 
to the UN Security Council
      Official Accusation Remarks from the Lee Myung-bak Government on PSPD
      [PSPD'S Cheonan Report] The PSPD's Stance on the Naval Vessel Cheonan 
      The Urgent Statement for Peace on the Korean Peninsula
      Forum-Asia Submits the Urgent Appeal on Threats of Prosecution against 
PSPD to UN Rapporteur
      Amnesty International expresses its concern about the investigation on 
the PSPD

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