South Korean activists mark second anniversary of Otto Warmbier’s death

SEOUL, June 19 (UPI) — Organizers held a pair of commemorative events on Wednesday to mark the second anniversary of the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months before being released in a vegetative state and dying days later.Across the street from the U.S. Embassy in downtown Seoul, a small number of representatives from human rights and civic organizations staged a candlelight vigil and delivered speeches memorializing Warmbier, who was 22 when he died.

One of the event’s organizers, Jung Min-suh, head the Global Human Rights Network, said they wanted to use the occasion to draw attention to North Korea’s ongoing human rights violations and to call on the United States and South Korea to apply more pressure to the totalitarian state.”North Korea is the worst nation in the world for human rights,” Jung said. “Otto Warmbier took a poster, that’s all. He didn’t deserve to be beaten and tortured and executed for it.”

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