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S. Korea to back any bid to address 'China torture' at UN

Published on Jul 31, 2012 4:09 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea said on Tuesday it would "actively support" any request for a United Nations (UN) inquiry into claims a Seoul activist was tortured while detained in China after helping North Korean refugees.

The foreign ministry also said it would try to interview all of some 670 South Koreans imprisoned in China to see if they suffered physical abuse.

Kim Young Hwan and three other activists were arrested on March 29 and accused of endangering Beijing's national security. After they were deported on July 20, Kim said he had been physically abused.

In an interview with Tuesday's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, he said Chinese security agents repeatedly beat him, stopped him from sleeping for days and stuck an electric prod into his chest and back.

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