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NGO Conveys Concerns About Anti-Leaflet Law to Seoul Gov't

Write: 2021-02-20 13:47:05Update: 2021-02-20 17:13:35

NGO Conveys Concerns About Anti-Leaflet Law to Seoul Gov't

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The Human Rights Watch has conveyed a letter of opinion to the South Korean government expressing concern about Seoul's new law that bans anti-North Korea leaflet campaigns.

The New York-based NGO said Thursday that it submitted its opinion to Seoul's Unification Ministry through its website on Monday.

In the letter, the group expressed concern over the lack of clarity that defines banned actions under the law and implied that extensive restrictions to free speech may go against global human rights standards.

The group said that freedom of speech can be restricted for national security reasons, but the anti-leaflet law is even more excessive than the 2018 inter-Korean summit declaration when the two Koreas agreed to stop loudspeaker broadcasts and distribution of leaflets near the Military Demarcation Line.

Human Rights Watch argued the law severely limits activities by defector groups as they seek to pass information to the North Korean people.

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