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South Korea


South Korea has gone a long way. It holds now a democratic government, with free elections. The judiciary is becoming more independent, though there is still significant corruption. Most political prisoners have been released, though some still linger in prison. The National Security Law is used to imprison peaceful anti-government activists, and the Security Surveillance Law is used to track the activities of former political prisoners. Prison conditions are hard, and there are reports of ill-treatment of prisoners. Freedom of expression is generally respected, though anti-defamatory laws have been to silence the press. The government has called for laws to regulate the internet, and further infringe on its citizen's freedom of speech and privacy.

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