Medical letter writing action: South Korea: Lee Hon-chi and Pang Yang-kyun

Medical letter writing action: South Korea: Lee Hon-chi and Pang Yang-kyun

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Index Number: ASA 25/033/1991
Date Published: 21 October 1991
Categories: Asia And The Pacific, South Korea

Lee Hon-chi and Pang Yang-kyun are both reported to be in poor health and appear to be without adequate medical care in Chonju prison, where they are held. Lee Hon-chi is said to suffer from a persistent urinary tract infection, the cause of which does not appear to have been investigated thoroughly. He is serving a 20-year sentence for espionage. Pang Yang-kyun is a prisoner of conscience serving a 7-year sentence for passing alleged "state secrets" to North Korea. He is said to suffer from hearing loss, debilitating back pain and depression. He has reportedly not been examined by a doctor since he was transferred to Chonju in April 1991.


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