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GTC held International Conference on State Violence and Trauma 2018

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GTC held International Conference on State Violence and Trauma 2018

 

The Gwangju Trauma Center held an international conference in commemoration of the May 18 Democratic Uprising.

Yeongju Ahn reports.

 

The Gwangju Trauma Center or GTC held the International Conference on State Violence and Trauma 2018 as one of the sections of 2018 Gwangju Asia Forum

 

The main theme of this year is Impunity, and the participants will talk about the international principles on this issue, and revealed the current status in S. Korea and Asia. Also, the conference talked about how impunity can affect the victims of state violence, and their familys psychical cure.

 

Bernadette McGrath, the director of International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, delivered the keynote speech under the topic, International Principles and Trends on Impoverishment of Human Rights Violations followed by the speech of Malaysian civic fair election group Bersih 2.0 director, Yap Swee Seng.

 

Oh Sun Seong, the director of GTC said there still a lot of victims of May 18th who feel furious about the long delays on the truth investigation and the punishment on perpetrators even 38 years have passed since the May 18th movement. Oh added that as such perpetrators still can act with impunity, the trauma of the survivors continues to this day.

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