Source: Yonhap News Agency
People’s Daily Online Recently, more than 100,000 South Korean citizens petitioned the Blue House, requesting to disclose the record of the shipwreck accident of the “Sewol” during the term of former President Park Geun-hye.
According to reports from Korea International Radio and Television, the Seyue Shipwreck Victims Association and other related groups initiated two petitions related to the Seyue Shipwreck accident on October 6th and received support from more than 100,000 people. At present, the Korean National Assembly has begun to review related petitions.
Once a petition from South Korea’s nationals exceeds 100,000 within 30 days, the National Assembly must participate in the acceptance and the relevant standing committee will review the content of the petition.
It is reported that the contents of this national petition mainly include amendments to the “Special Law for the Investigation of the Truth of Social Tragedies” and the disclosure of records concerning the sinking of the “Sewol” during the term of former President Park Geun-hye.
The Association of the Survivors of the Victims of the Shipwreck of the Shiyue Shipwreck advocated that the passage of this law amendment would extend the activity period of the “Special Investigation Committee for Social Tragedies” originally scheduled to expire in December this year, and strengthen the authority of the committee.
At the same time, it explained the necessity of amending the law, saying that “due to Park Geun-hye’s status as the former president, relevant records were sealed, and it was difficult to obtain materials from the Korean National Intelligence Service and the military, so the investigation of the incident has been difficult to proceed.”
In addition, the petition also requested disclosure of the documents and records related to the “Se Yue” in the presidential secretarial office and the Security Division during the period from the time the “Se Yue” shipwreck accident to the removal of former President Park Geun-hye. At present, relevant records are subject to privacy protection as “Presidential Designated Records” and cannot be accessed at will.
Only two-thirds of the votes of members of Congress must be obtained before they can be accessed.
(Compilation: Intern Liu Jiayi Review: Wu Sanye Source: Yonhap News Agency)