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OCA Stands in Solidarity with US Journalists Sentenced in North Korea
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OCA Stands in Solidarity with US Journalists Sentenced in North Korea

June 10 2009

Sarah Smith Nester | Communications Manager
202 223 5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested in March and sentenced to 12 years hard labor after a closed-door trial for what North Korea has called the "grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing." Ling and Lee are reporters for California-based Current TV station, and were covering a story on the China-North Korea border.

OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) is concerned about the length of sentencing and closed trial, and hopes for the immediate and safe release of the two journalists. OCA also hopes for the swift reunification of Ling and Lee with their families. Ling is said to have serious health problems and Lee is the mother of a young child.
"As citizens, we are all called to ensure all US citizens are protected and given a fair trial overseas. Sentencing of 12 years of hard labor is harsh and excessive," said OCA National President Ken Lee. "OCA will continue to monitor this situation closely in hopes that tensions will subside."
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