Truth about s Korean authorities' human rights abuses

By The National Reunification Institute

The National Reunification Institute Tuesday released a detailed report indicting the south Korean puppet regime for its hideous crimes against humanity and human rights abuses on the lapse of 200 days since the ferry Sewol disaster in south Korea. It said:

On board at the time of sinking were 476 passengers including 325 students of Tanwon High School of Ansan City, Kyonggi Province who were on their field tour to Jeju Island.

Just 172 were rescued and 304 and the ferry buried at sea.

According to survivors and witnesses, after a loud bang the ferry began to gradually tilt one hour later. It went down to the seabed six hours later.

When the ferry was sinking, its captain and crewmen shouted over loud speaker "Passengers stay put" and "Don't move", taking no measures.

Then they changed their uniforms into plain clothes and escaped from the ferry like alley cats.

The puppet maritime police were tasked to rescue the passengers but patrol boat No. 123 under the Mokpho Maritime Police Agency picked the captain and crewmen only on board before disappearing.

Only personnel affiliated to a non-governmental rescue company who had a contract with the police in advance on a payment basis were allowed to have access to the sinking ferry while civilian divers were prevented from conducting any operation to rescue passengers.

Those of the puppet military mobilized for the rescue operation deliberately neglected it, complaining that it was too dark under water and its current too fast.

They thus missed all chances to rescue the survivors after the sinking of the ferry.

The horrible tragedy which put 304 passengers plus the ferry to the bottom of the sea turned the whole of south Korea into a mourner's house all of a sudden.

It was against this backdrop that the puppet regime perpetrated inhuman and unethical acts of mocking and insulting the victims, stunning all people.

The puppet prosecution and police refused to deliver dead bodies to their bereaved families in good time, preventing them from properly holding funerals for them.

The present chief executive invited her American master to visit south Korea and kowtowed to him in gorgeous dress, utterly indifferent to the atmosphere at the mourner's house. She orchestrated a burlesque of consoling a sham "bereaved family."

Coteries of the "Saenuri Party" turned down the demands of people of various strata that the opposition parties and bereaved families be granted the right to investigate and prosecute if the truth about the ferry Sewol tragedy is to be properly probed.

When bereaved families visited the "National Assembly" to lodge a protest, they expelled them at random.

Those coteries cried out for "a strong retaliation," groundlessly claiming that the ferry Sewol accident was "caused by north." They were busy cooking up "a story about north wind," insisting that the north was fostering a "conflict in the south."

They in collusion with right-wing conservative organizations went the lengths of branding those bereaved families demanding the probe into the truth about the accident and the punishment of those responsible for it as "agitators" and "dealers in dead bodies" and mocking at those bereaved families on hunger strike.

Gangsters of the said organizations insulted the bereaved families by calling them "Reds instructed by the north" and "second Kwangju rioters" and asserting that "Reds may be let die."

The ferry Sewol tragedy is not a product of vices perpetrated by a vicious ship owner or by a few persons concerned with maritime transport but an inevitable outcome of the anti-human rights and unpopular policy of the puppet regime from A to Z.

The puppet authorities did not conduct a proper safety inspection of the ferry before okaying its navigation, though it was in a bad shape. Worse still, they overlooked the inability of its captain and crewmen to work aboard it, though they were disqualified to do so.

When the sinking accident broke out, the authorities floated the story that it was attributable to the reckless money making by Yu Pyong On, former chairman of the Semo Group who owned the ferry.

They orchestrated Yu's escape and search operation for him and found only a dead body which was so seriously disfigured that it was hard to confirm whether he committed suicide or was killed and shifted the blame for the accident onto him. They tried to hush up the case by punishing a few fries including the captain at a trial.

When drowning passengers were crying out for help, the puppet authorities were busy evading responsibility.

The boss of Chongwadae became a target of criticism and derision for being absent in her office for 7 hours even after she was informed of the ferry sinking accident.

When public criticism of Chongwadae was mounting higher, she made a reluctant "apology," shedding "crocodile tears" dozens of days later. This sparked off greater uproar among people. She only staged such farce as sacrificing the puppet prime minister.

Various disasters occurred one after another in south Korea in the wake of the ferry Sewol disaster, driving its society into a panic.

The puppet group is trumpeting about someone's "human rights" though it turned south Korea into a tundra of human rights and veritable hell. This is, indeed, the height of shamelessness and an unpardonable mockery at human rights.

With no rhetoric can the south Korean authorities evade the responsibility for the ferry Sewol disaster. They had better honestly apologize for the hideous crimes against human rights and people and come out to a court.

If the puppet group persists in its crafty moves to conceal the truth about the disaster, it will spark off bitterer resentment and denunciation among the people of all social standings in south Korea and the group will not escape a disgraceful ruin in face of resistance of broad masses.

(Source: KCNA - November 11, 2014)

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