Dec. 29 (UPI) — Defectors and activists in South Korea filed a constitutional petition towards a brand new regulation that bans anti-North Korean activism on the border, claiming the rule is “extreme” and interferes with freedom of expression.

Representatives of teams which have beforehand despatched anti-Pyongyang flyers by helium balloon close to the demilitarized zone stated Tuesday the blocking of leaflets goes too far and a violation of free speech, Yonhap reported.

Activists affiliated with 27 organizations, together with North Korea In Direct Approach, Kuensaem and Mulmangcho stated the anti-leaflet regulation that handed earlier this month makes use of home safety considerations as a “pretext” to forestall info from the surface world reaching North Korea.

Activists stated their work posed minimal dangers to South Korean border residents. Defector Park Sang-hak of Fighters for a Free North Korea launched balloons at evening, which doesn’t have an effect on security of the inhabitants, they stated.

In June, North Korean politician Kim Yo Jong had known as defectors “human scum” and “mongrel canines” for sending leaflets that denounced the management of her older brother Kim Jong Un. South Korea subsequently known as for an audit of defector organizations, and ruling occasion lawmakers supported and handed a regulation banning leaflet activism. The regulation, which takes impact on March 30, additionally bans using loudspeakers, which the federal government as soon as used as a part of “psychological warfare” towards the North.

Most South Koreans are conscious of human rights abuses in North Korea, and extra individuals might be supportive of Seoul’s consideration to the problem.

The Database Heart for North Korean Human Rights stated Tuesday throughout a seminar in Seoul that 64.6% of South Koreans in a brand new survey stated their nation ought to “actively intervene in North Korean human rights.” The ballot of 1,000 grownup women and men within the South was performed by cellphone, in line with KBS.

In November, Seoul determined for the second consecutive 12 months to decide out of a decision within the United Nations Basic Meeting condemning the human rights state of affairs in North Korea.