A horrifying investigation from the Associated Press accuses South Korea of massive, widespread human rights abuses ahead of its 1988 Olympic Games. The report charges officials in Seoul of brutally “cleansing” their streets of the homeless, disabled and children. As the report reads:
Thousands — the homeless, the drunk, but mostly children and the disabled — [were] rounded up off the streets ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which the ruling dictators saw as international validation of South Korea’s arrival as a modern country. An Associated Press investigation shows that the abuse of these so-called vagrants at Brothers [Home], the largest of dozens of such facilities, was much more vicious and widespread than previously known, based on hundreds of exclusive documents and dozens of interviews with officials and former inmates.”
The AP report says that South Korea saw the Olympic Games as an opportunity to prove themselves on the global stage, and set about efficiently and ruthlessly sanitizing their appearance. According to reports, thousands of people were effectively kidnapped and placed in forced labor camps throughout the 1980s. The conditions of these camps defy description, plagued by beatings, rape, malnourishment, and death. Other documents imply that officials pocketed the funds that were intended for workers.
The story gets worse, however. When faced with the findings, South Korean officials showed no interest in seeking justice or even investigating the extent of its recent horrors. From the AP, again:
“Ahn Jeong-tae, an official from Seoul’s Ministry of the Interior, said focusing on just one human rights incident would financially burden the government and set a bad precedent. The Brothers’ victims, he said, should have submitted their case to a temporary truth-finding commission established in the mid-2000s to investigate past atrocities.”
In a line far more chilling than he perhaps realized, Ahn added: “We can’t make separate laws for every incident, and there have been so many incidents since the Korean War.”
The Olympic Games will return to South Korea in 2018.
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