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South Korea: Prison Abuse

(Nov. 2, 2007) The father of an inmate in a South Korean prison who was allegedly attacked by a guard filed a written statement complaining of the attack in March 2007 to the country's Human Rights Commission. In September, the Commission recommended that the Anyang Prison take disciplinary action against the guard. The prison, however, replied that the act of the guard was not bad enough to merit disciplinary action, but it would give the guard human rights education. The Human Rights Commission made images taken by a monitoring camera in the prison public. The images showed the guard dragging the inmate by holding the back of the collar of the shirt that the inmate wore. The Commission stated that the general public should judge whether or not there was an attack by viewing the images. (Gyung Un Kim, Kokka jinken i, jukeisha e no bôkô shîn toraeta eizô kôkai, CHOSUNILBO, Oct. 16, 2007.)