Text of on-line petition for the release of all those imprisoned for kinship

Chairman of the National Defence Commission
Kim Jong-un
National Defence Commission
Democratic People´s Republic of Korea

Dear First Chairman:

Allow me to turn to you on behalf of Amnesty International Czech Republic to express our deep concern for the life of Kim Jeong-Nam, an 11 year-old boy who suddenly disappeared along with his mother in 2011.

Amnesty International believes that they have been arrested by the National Security Agency in connection with the human rights activities of Kang Chol-hwan, Kim Jeong-Nam‘s uncle, and taken to Yodok prison camp. We consider this detention to be arbitrary and as such a clear violation of international human rights law.

Amnesty International strongly denounces any imprisonment without trial, as well as prison sentences following grossly unfair trials on the basis of confessions obtained through torture. It is evident that prisoners in camps in North Korea are facing forced labour in dangerous conditions, beatings, lack of food, inadequate medical care and unhygienic living conditions.

In the light of these disturbing findings, we urge you to take the necessary steps to rectify the situation. Specifically, we call on you to release Kim Jeong-Nam and all others who are declared guilty solely because of the guilt-by-association principle, immediately and unconditionally. Furthermore, we call upon the North Korean authorities to respect the basic human rights of those accused and imprisoned.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Yours sincerely