Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition News and Article Release Issue: A164-O45



Release Date: November 6, 2005



Topic: Open Letter to Republic of Korean Minister of Justice Chun Jung-Bae - by Xiang Lin, OCDC Asia Continental Chair

标题:致韩国法务部长官的公开信 - 相林(中国民主运动海外联席会议亚洲代表)


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Open Letter to Republic of Korean Minister of Justice Chun Jung-Bae



Dear Mr. Chun,


We are shocked to learn that on October 10 and October 17, respectively, the Republic of Korean Ministry of Justice sent "Deportation Advisory" and "Deportation Order" notices to 12 members of the South Korean Chapter of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition. By October 31, these members' residence in Republic of Korea will be considered "illegal." This way of intentionally driving Chinese democracy advocates out of Republic of Korea has left us extremely shocked. Thus we are writing this open letter to you in hopes that you can once again earnestly review the application status of our South Korean Chapter members and retract your original judgment, which lacked legal grounds, and on the basis of the U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees render them the refugee status and treatment that they deserve.


The South Korean Chapter of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition (OCDC) was established on March 2002, and is one of the over twenty OCDC chapters worldwide. In March 2003 this chapter began to openly spread the message of democratization in China to Chinese in South Korea and began to establish and develop a democracy movement organization. Ever since the beginning, when we had only three people holding public protests, we remained determined to erect the banner of Chinese democracy in South Korea, no matter how few people there were. By June of this year our membership had already exceeded 100, and we have made a huge impact in the Chinese community in South Korea. Perhaps this situation has made the Chinese government dissatisfied toward Republic of Korea and led them to apply pressure to the Republic of Korean government; thus, the Republic of Korean government set down a decision that forces these advocates out of the country. If the situation is such, then Republic of Korea's actions are unsatisfactory.


In the last few days, Hu Jintao finished up his visit to North Korea, which spreads a message of the autocratic nations of Asia work hand in hand. Thus shouldn't we try to advance the forces of democracy in Asia? In our view, your supporting Chinese democracy advocates in Republic of Korea is in essence investing in the future of a democratic China and is also investing in the future of a unified Korean Peninsula. Yet your current actions are disappointing. As a young and burgeoning Asian democracy, your behavior completely departs from the principles of democracy, and completely departs from the spirit of the U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. It is also extremely detrimental to the progress of democratization in Asia and the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.


In the "Notice Regarding Decision on Dissident Application" that your Ministry transmitted to us, it said that our members had not supplied "ample basis"; thus, you "could not accept it." If this was the reason for your decision, we have reason to believe that you have insufficient understanding of China's current state. Currently, even these who publishes dissenting opinions in China could be sentenced, so can those who have become members of the South Korean chapter of the world's largest Chinese democracy organization the OCDC be safe upon their return to China? Since your ministry has already acknowledged that members of the South Korean chapter have "participated in anti-Chinese government organizations while in South Korea", do you think these people will be able to avoid Chinese Communist Party persecution upon returning to China?


Dr. Yang Jianli is a member of the U.S. chapter of OCDC, and now he is still in a Chinese jail. Is not this a fact? Also, Dr. Wang Bingzhang has been given a life sentence in China. You know that all Chinese people that participate in advocating for Chinese democracy face danger when they return to their homeland; Republic of Korean legal experts surely understand this. The Republic of Korean people of over ten years ago groaned under the crushing weight of dictatorial rule. We believe that the South Korean people will never forget that painful period of history and can understand why Chinese exiles would fight for their people to be freed from suffering.


Minister Chun: We notice again and again that whenever North Korean refugees flee to China and are sent back to North Korea, your government strongly protests the Chinese government's actions. Chinese democracy advocates have also protested the violence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), so it is hard to imagine that you have learned from the Chinese government and are now taking political refugees who enter your country and sending them back into the sea of suffering that is China under the CCP? These self-contradictory actions and all the related consequences will be extremely detrimental to the Republic of Korea in terms of their international repercussions. Please think these issues over!


For many years, the Ministry of Justice's impartial law enforcement has given Republic of Korea great honor in the international community. When the executioners that arrested people and suppressed the "Kwangju Revolt" in the name of ending an armed rebellion were replaced, and when judgment was placed on the two former presidents, Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae-Woo, people around the world saw the power of justice evident in the Republic of Korean justice system. The magnificent feats of arresting the former President Kim Young-Sam, and the sons of the former President Kim Dae-jung for tax evasion, accepting bribes, and other crimes made us see the power of moral inspiration evident in the Republic of Korean justice system. These magnificent feats made Republic of Korea the cream of the Asian crop in terms of judicial independence, and have made Republic of Korea a model for those of us who strive for democracy, freedom, and rule of law in China.


We hope that this incident does not cast a shadow over Republic of Korea's hard-earned honor; thus, up to now, we have kept a low profile in regards to this matter. Our good will should not be taken as weakness. Republic of Korea is a nation of propriety and justice, so we believe that she can exercise her lofty wisdom to resolve this issue.



-- Xiang Lin

Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition Asia Continental Chair


October 31, 2005



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Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition News and Article Release Issue: A164-O45



Release Date: November 6, 2005



Topic: Open Letter to Republic of Korean Minister of Justice Chun Jung-Bae - by Xiang Lin, OCDC Asia Continental Chair

标题:致韩国法务部长官的公开信 - 相林(中国民主运动海外联席会议亚洲代表)


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)





























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