South Korea bans political party for 'pro-North' views
December 19 , 2014
For the first time in decades, South Korea banned a political party for its 'pro-North Korea' views. The country's constitutional court ordered the dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP), a leftist political party which has five members in parliament. Last year, the government had petitioned the constitutional court to ban UPP. In fact, some party members were previously detained for 'plotting a rebellion.' With the court ordering disbanding of the party, the decision has triggered concern about freedom of expression. Critics are of the opinion that the verdict exposes the limits of freedom of expression in South Korea.