Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

North Korea

Amnesty International says South Korean authorities are abusing national security law

Amnesty International says South Korea has ramped up its questioning of citizens for alleged violations of a controversial security law.

Amnesty says it's particularly troubled over a vaguely worded section of the National Security Law that can subject a person to up to seven years in prison for praising rival North Korea.

The rights group said Wednesday that there's been a nearly 100 percent rise in the number of people grilled over the law in the last four years. It cites South Korean prosecutors.

The warning comes a week after a South Korean court sentenced a 24-year-old man to a suspended 10-month prison term for retweeting North Korean propaganda posts.

South Korean prosecutors did not immediately respond to a request to comment.