South Korean activist allegedly electrocuted while detained in China

July 28th, 2012 - 8:00 pm ICT by BNO News  

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) — A South Korean activist who was detained in China in March is claiming to have suffered abuse at the hands of authorities there, including torture by electrocution, according to reports.

Kim Young-hwan, a prominent South Korean activist who fought for democracy in North Korea, was detained in Beijing in March. A report about the incident published in late May disclosed that he was being denied access to a lawyer.

China, according to the New York Times, had claimed that Kim was being held due to him “endangering national security”. China went on to say that they were handling the case according to the law. South Korea, though, claimed that there were human rights violations taking place.

After several months in custody, Kim was released last week and since returning home, has made claims that he was tortured while in custody. According to the Chosun, a Korean newspaper, Kim forced to do hard labor and was repeatedly electrocuted with a cattle prod after choosing to exercise his right to stay silent.

The physical torture allegedly stopped two months before Kim was released, but he was still forced to do hard labor for 13-hours a day.

When they were asked about the account of Kim’s time in custody, the Korean Foreign Ministry reportedly said “We will try our best to confirm the account, and if it is found to be true, we will lodge a strong protest,”

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