Abduction Victims' Families Turn to UN

      October 19, 2012 12:06

      The family of sergeant Jung Gwang-mo, a navy soldier who was kidnapped by North Korea at the age of 22 in June 1970, have asked the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to find out what happened to him.

      An activist group called Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights on Thursday said the families of three people who were kidnapped by North Korea sent a petition to WGEID. The other two are Nam Jeong-ryeol, a sailor kidnapped in the East Sea in 1972, and sailor Park Hyeop-ju, who was abducted near Baeknyeong Island in 1974

      According to the organization, the families of nine abduction victims have now asked the WGEID to check whether their loved ones are still alive. WGEID asked North Korea about the whereabouts of three people, including Hwang Won, a passenger on a Korean Air plane kidnapped in 1969, but has not heard back.

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