British MP’s against Korean dissidents’ arrests


This video is called Police Brutality in South Korea.

Another video which used to be on the Internet used to say about itself:

South Korean police grabs a female protester from behind by her hair, pushes her to the ground, and kicks her in the head.

The female protester had to crawl under the bus to escape the beating.

Kyunghang Shinmun, a local daily paper, reported that the female protester, a student at Seoul National University, was assaulted again after she came out from under the bus.

From the British Parliament:

Early Day Motion

EDM 430

DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS IN SOUTH KOREA

13.01.2009

Galloway, George

That this House is concerned that the South Korean authorities have arrested leading figures in the Candlelight movement, which is protesting over the risk of BSE from imported US beef; notes that in addition to the arrest of Lee Seok-haeng of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, the house of the only Candlelight movement leader to escape arrest, Kim Kwang-il, has been illegally searched, and his telephone records used to harass other activists; further notes that Amnesty International has voiced concern at these actions and is investigating; believes that South Korea took a huge step forward with the end of the decades of military rule in 1988; strongly condemns this new 1980s-style repression; and calls on the South Korean authorities to respect the right to freedom of assembly and expression.

Galloway, George
Corbyn, Jeremy
Hemming, John
McDonnell, John
Davies, Dai
Wareing, Robert N
Sanders, Adrian
Jones, Lynne
Llwyd, Elfyn
Campbell, Ronnie
Caton, Martin
Cryer, Ann
Weir, Mike
Hoyle, Lindsay
Drew, David
Gibson, Ian

POLICE commandos stormed a vacant office building occupied by displaced tenants in central Seoul on Tuesday, sparking a clash and a blaze that killed six people and injured 23: here.

Not OK: Prosecutors Seek To Jail Korean Actress for Adultery: here.

2 thoughts on “British MP’s against Korean dissidents’ arrests

  1. Posted by: “bigraccoon” bigraccoon@earthlink.net redwoodsaurus
    Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:40 am (PDT)

    Government bans `downer’ cows from food supply

    Mar 14, 2009

    WASHINGTON ­ The government on Saturday permanently banned the slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand on their own, seeking to further minimize the chance that mad cow disease could enter the food supply.

    The Agriculture Department proposed the ban last year after the biggest beef recall in U.S. history. The recall involved a Chino, Calif., slaughterhouse and “downer” cows. The Obama administration finalized the ban on Saturday.

    “As part of our commitment to public health, our Agriculture Department is closing a loophole in the system to ensure that diseased cows don’t find their way into the food supply,” President Barack Obama said in his weekly radio and video address.

    Those kind of cows pose a higher risk of having mad cow disease. They also susceptible to infections from bacteria that cause food poisoning, such as E. coli, because the animals wallow in feces.

    The recall also raised concerns about the treatment of cattle and came after an investigator for the Humane Society of the United States videotaped workers abusing downer cows to force them to slaughter.

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the ban was “a step forward for both food safety and the standards for humane treatment of animals.”

    The Humane Society’s president and chief executive, Wayne Pacelle, said he was pleased that the government “is putting a stop to the inhumane and reckless practice of dragging and otherwise abusing downer cows in order to slaughter them for human consumption.”

    A partial ban on downer cows was in place; it resulted from the nation’s first case of mad cow disease, in 2003.

    But there was a loophole. If a cow collapsed after passing inspection, government inspectors allowed the animal into the food supply if it had an acute injury, such as a broken leg, but showed no signs of central nervous disorder that might indicate the presence of mad cow disease.

    Obama called the country’s food inspection system “a hazard to public health,” citing outbreaks of deadly food poisoning in peanuts this year, peppers and possibly tomatoes last year and spinach in 2006.

    He named his candidates for the top jobs at the Food and Drug Administration, which together with the Agriculture Department is responsible for much of the government’s food inspection.

    Mad cow disease is the common name for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. In people, eating meat contaminated with BSE is linked to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare and deadly nerve disease. A massive outbreak of mad cow disease in the United Kingdom that peaked in 1993 was blamed for the deaths of 180,000 cattle and more than 150 people.

    There have been three confirmed cases of BSE in the United states, in a Canadian-born cow in 2003 in Washington state, in 2005 in Texas and in 2006 in Alabama. The Bush administration in 2006 dramatically scaled back testing for mad cow disease.

    No illnesses have been linked to those cows in the United States. There have been three cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease confirmed in people living in the United States, but those were linked to meat products in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    ___

    On the Net:

    Agriculture Department: http://www.usda.gov

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