Samchung re-education camp

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Samchung re-education camp
Revised RomanizationSamcheong Gyoyukdae
McCune–ReischauerSamchung Kyoyuktae

The Samchung re-education camp was a South Korean military detention centre set up in 1980, during the military rule of Chun Doo-Hwan. More than 60,000 people, many of them being innocent civilians, were arrested without warrants and faced violent treatment in the camps.


In August 1980, under the South Korean military junta, Samchung served as a prison camp for critics of the new military regime and people considered to be "social ill."[1] In 6 months, 40,000 people, many of whom had clean criminal records, were forced to hard labor or face physical violence by the military.[2]


  1. ^ "S. Korean junta punished civilians with military camp in early 1980s: Report".
  2. ^ Stokes, Henry Scott; Times, Spec Ial To the New York (1981-09-20). "Seoul Said to Hold 15,000 in Camps Without Trial". The New York Times.