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South Korea Hit by Human Rights Watch Over Leaflet Crackdown

  • Human Rights Watch official sees a ‘kowtow’ to North Korea
  • President Moon has made a fresh push to restore ties
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A top official at a global human rights organization criticized South Korea for trying to shut down two activist groups who sent anti-Kim Jong Un leaflets by balloon across the border into North Korea.

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said a decision by South Korea to revoke the licenses and seek prosecution for the groups is a blow against the campaign to hold North Korea accountable for its human rights violations for the sake of political expediency.