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South Korea law would allow families of North kidnap victims to get damages

[JURIST] The South Korean Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs [government website] announced Monday a plan to enact a law that would allow families of South Koreans kidnapped by the North Korean government in the 1960s and '70s to recover against South Korea for abuses that occurred as a result. Officials in South Korea [government website] were responsible for the harassment, abuse, and even torture of family members of the kidnap victims, as it was originally believed that the individuals were defecting to North Korea with confidential reports of South Korea's military capabilities. South Korea estimates that close to 3,790 of its citizens were kidnapped following the Korean war. Nearly 500 were never returned. South Korea's Chosun Ilbo has local coverage.

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