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North Korea Sentences Euna Lee and Laura Ling to 12 Hard Labor

North Korea Sentences Euna Lee and Laura Ling to 12  Hard Labor

I feel sad and helpless upon hearing the news that Current TV journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been sentenced to 12 years hard labor for “hostile acts” by a North Korean court.  Lee and Ling have been held by North Korean authorities since March 17th when they were apprehended by North Korean border guards. It is still not clear that Lee and Ling crossed the border into North Korea. 

The trial of Lee and Ling began last week on June 4th and foreign observers were not permitted to observe the trial.  Unfortunately, it appears that Lee and Ling are being used as bargaining chips in U.S. and North Korea diplomatic relations.  According the the Telegraph:

“North Korea’s decision to imprison the women coincided with reports in Washington that the Obama administration was looking at ways to put North Korea back on the list of states that sponsor terrorism, a move that would incur tough sanctions and an arms embargo.”

The Telegraph also reports that the release of prisoners after sentencing is not unheard of in North Korea:  “In previous cases, Americans have been sentenced first before negotiations began.”

Let us hope that the Obama Administration and Secretary of State Clinton can still secure the release of Una Lee and Laura Ling.

We must not give up. Please sign the petition for the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling.

Interview with Lisa Ling at the Los Angeles vigil on June 4rth.

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2:10PM PDT on Aug 4, 2009

Way to go, Bill!

5:54PM PDT on Jun 17, 2009

N.Korea is operated by psychopaths;I think they should be delt with like psychopaths. EMBARGO, removal from power, all it is is a stunt of their "power", an attest to warn others what can happen there.

5:03AM PDT on Jun 11, 2009

I think they were kidnapped because they are beautiful young women. We all know how the Dictator Kim is star-crazed.

10:44PM PDT on Jun 10, 2009

How pathetic that two journalists are being used as pawns by a DICK-TATER? Would it make a big difference if the US stopped buying Korean made goods? If so we should try it. Can the United Nations step in? I only hope that something is done...maybe we should test a nuclear missile aimed at N. Korea's palace? OOPS! This is all so scary! We really need to stop this man by getting the support of many nations and by putting an ultimatum in his face like he keeps doing! Hopefully it won't take as long as stopping Hitler did! You couldn't give me a free airline ticket or a job which required travel to any foreign country. I don't feel the need to explore the foreign world of madness. There's enough craziness in the US democracy. I don't imagine the women were indicted by a jury of their peers? Are we so afraid of China's response, or is our fear based on all the money we owe China? To hell with these terrorist manipulators! Hopefully something can be done to get the two women journalists freed without another war being started. When will this mad whirlwind existence ever end?

10:03AM PDT on Jun 10, 2009

susan, absolutely. also, they're not men.

8:44AM PDT on Jun 10, 2009

The problem is ... they are not blonde-haired and blue-eyed, so no one will get worked up over them. THAT's what's sad about this.

12:04PM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

These 2 girls should be freed. North and South Korea should stop with all these antics, stop wasting everyones time and concentrate on what is going on over there. Animal abuse etc.

9:00AM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

North Korea wants and needs attention. We give them aid and they use it for weaponry and let their people starve. They definitely are terrorists even to their own people. Put them on the list of terrorist countries and be more threatning to Kim. He wants to bargain. Use the "but if you do then!!!"

6:00AM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

The USA has 5 young Cuban men incarcerated for trumped up espionage charges. They have been in prison already 10 years. Their trial was a mockery of justice as was perhaps the trial of this 2 journalists in North Korea. The USA does things -- torture, for example -- it does not like done unto them. I suggest the USA liberate the unjustly incarcerated Cubans in exchange for the 2 in North Korea.

5:53AM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

one way to really know why folks are fleeing will be experienced first hand by these women.As China is looking for more interaction with the western world all they have to do is simply tell the folks in power to let these women go before they gain any more personal info on the way some countries treat folks who disagree with the politics in power..Although the US does not use hard labor we do have the laws after 911 that can hold a person without trail or notifying folks where they are..for basically as long as they want.this is so sad

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