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Seoul-based conservative group calls for "objective" review of U.N. report
SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's leading right-wing civic group said Saturday that it has sent a message to the United Nations, demanding that the world body review a U.N. expert's report about South Korea's declining freedom of expression.

   Frank La Rue, the U.N's special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, argued in the report that South Korea's freedom of speech has diminished, saying, "There have been increased restrictions on individuals' right to freedom of opinion and expression" in Korea.

   The Seoul-based Korea Freedom Federation (KFF) sent the letter to the U.N. Security Council on Friday to ask it to conduct a thorough and objective review of La Rue's report, claiming that his report is based on politically biased views.

   The KFF said in the letter that South Korea's freedom of expression meets U.N.-recommended standards and people's rights are guaranteed by the authorities.

   La Rue submitted his report to the South Korean government for review in February. The South Korean government is expected to submit its analysis of the report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in June.

   brk@yna.co.kr
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