The Association of Lawyers for Human Rights and Unification of the Korean Peninsula (Hanbyun) filed an application for investigation into the truth of the 'Seoul National University Hospital Massacre' today (28th) with the 2nd Reconciliation Committee for Truth and Reconciliation (Truth and Reconciliation Committee).

Hanbyun held a press conference this morning in front of the Namsan Square Building in Jung-gu, where the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is located, claiming, "On June 28, 1950, North Korean troops broke into Seoul National University Hospital in Jongno-gu, Seoul and killed about 900 wounded soldiers and civilian patients who were being hospitalized." I did.

"This case is not just a murder case, but a war crime in violation of international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions, which were in effect during the Korean War," he said.

Choi Rong, 79, the nephew of Yu Wol-ye, who worked as a nursing assistant at Seoul National University Hospital at the time, attended an interview today and said, "I lived with my aunt like family in the same house until 1970, and I have heard testimony about the massacre since I was a child."

Choi said, "When my aunt came to work on the morning of June 27 (1950), wounded soldiers poured in and took care of the sick all night long.

"The People's Army killed every wounded soldier in the army, then slaughtered every patient in the psychiatric ward and children's ward, and destroyed the records of the patients," he said.

Choi also said that he had heard from his aunt that the man who commanded the People's Army at the time was a North Korean doctor while working at Seoul National University Hospital.

Kim Tae-hoon, honorary chairman of Hanbyun, said, "The People's Army has done something that will be wrathful for thousands of people.

Hanbyun submitted an application for finding out the truth on behalf of Choi, saying that Mr. Choi falls under Article 19 of the 'Basic Act on the Reconciliation of Past Cases for Truth and Reconciliation', stating that he is a 'person who knows special facts'.

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