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Since December 2015, Han Sang-gyun, former President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been incarcerated.  In November 2015, Lee Young-joo, former General Secretary of the KCTU confined herself in the KCTU office to avoid execution of an arrest warrant. In December 2017 she was arrested after leaving the office to protest Han’s incarceration. The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by the government of former South Korean President Park Gyun-hye.  For over two years, these trade unionists have been denied the right to sit down at the dinner table with their families. Several other South Korean trade union leaders remain incarcerated as well.

Since December 2015, Han Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been incarcerated and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo has been under house arrest. The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by the government of former South Korean President Park Gyun-hye.  For nearly two years, Han has been denied the right to sit down at the dinner table with his family. He is permitted only five visits per month. For Secretary Lee, her movements have been restricted to the KCTU headquarters. Several other South Korean trade union leaders remain incarcerated as well.