Busan to Investigate the Infamous “Brothers Welfare Center” Detention Facility

The City of Busan will launch its first official investigation into the human rights violations that took place at am infamous detention facility that closed down in 1987.

Known as the Brothers Welfare Center, the detention facility incident is often dubbed as the Korean Holocaust.

Professor Nam Chun-seob of Dong-a university will meet and interview people who survived the alleged illegal confinement and mistreatment of inmates at the Brothers Welfare Center in the city in the 1970s and 1980s.

The commission’s nine-month investigation, due to last till April 10 next year, is aimed at confirming whether the state was responsible for the victimization.

The investigation will analyze the impact on the surviving victims’ lives from their containment at the facility and how the family of its director, Park In-geun, amassed wealth through the center’s management.

513 inmates were alleged to have died at the facility. They faced such human rights violations as illegal detentions, forced labor, beatings and sexual violence according to Yonhap News.

Park was found not guilty of abuse charges by the Supreme Court in 1989, although he was convicted of embezzlement that year and served 2 1/2 years. He died in 2016.

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