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Pressure mounts on S.Korea to reopen case of deported N.Korean fishermen

South Korea’s ruling party members and rights activists are calling on the government to reopen a 2019 case of the repatriation of two North Korea fishermen, blaming the previous government of trying to curry favour with Pyongyang. President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office in May, has been revisiting several defection cases after criticising what he called his predecessor Moon Jae-in’s “submissive” North Korea policy and vowing to boost support for defectors during the election campaign. Yoon’s ruling party lawmakers, activists and conservative supporters have called for a re-investigation of the fishermen’s case, accusing Moon of violating the men’s constitutional and human rights as he tried to improve ties with Pyongyang, which has denounced defectors as “human scum”.


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