The imprisoned president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), Han Sang-gyun, was recently awarded the George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award by the North American union organisation AFL-CIO. President Han has been imprisoned in South Korea since December 2015 for organising demonstrations. This is not the first award that President Han has received while in jail. At another recent event, the Dublin Platform hosted by the Frontline Defenders, Tae-sun Bae, Executive Director of the Organisation & Collective Action Department of the KCTU, explained how her arrest and President Han’s continuing detention are all part of the ongoing offensive against workers and unions.
Organising is not a crime. Free Han Sang Gyun.