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South Korea has made significant progress on human rights as it prepares to host the Olympic Games, but the government still holds 600 political prisoners and tortures some of them, Amnesty International said. The London-based human rights group said in a report that some political prisoners were jailed after unfair trials but that torture has decreased. Government sensitivity to world attention during the Sept. 17-Oct. 2 Olympics may help improve the situation, but the Games do not guarantee changes, an Amnesty International representative said.


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