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Liverpool ECHO | Hillsborough: Families’ justice battle to help Government ‘learn’ from past

The Hillsborough families’ battle for justice will be outlined in a new report drawn up to help the Government learn from their harrowing experiences.

Led by the Right Reverend Bishop James Jones, who oversaw the landmark Hillsborough Independent Panel, the study will focus on the families’ perspective of events since the tragedy.

Plans for the report were announced following last year’s inquest verdicts and took a step forward today with the publication of the study’s terms of reference.

Then Home Secretary Theresa May revealed the proposals after jurors ruled the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives as a result of the disaster were unlawfully killed.

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BBC | Hillsborough campaigner Phil Scraton refuses OBE

Hillsborough campaigner Phil Scraton refuses OBE, explaining that successive governments had blocked the families’ quest for justice, and that he can not accept an award associated by name with imperialism.

“I could not receive an honour on the recommendation of those who remained unresponsive to the determined efforts of bereaved families and survivors to secure truth and justice.”

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In May 2016, Sewol family members visited the UK and met with Hillsborough victims’ families in Liverpool. 

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BBC – Outlook | Voice of Father of One of Student-Victims

Gyounggeun Yoo, father of one of the Sewol disaster student-victims, was interviewed by Jo Fidgen of Outlook, BBC World Service at the Broadcasting House on 10 May. It was the first day of his visit to the UK as part of European tour.

Mr Yoo and Ms Yoon who also lost her daughter in the disaster visited many cities in Europe including Berlin, London, Rome and Paris, to highlight their struggle for truth. They want not only justice for the victims but proper safety laws and regulations to ensure that such a disaster could not happen again. They hope to learn from those affected by similar disasters and from campaign groups fighting injustices.

The interview is now available to listen at
(from around 13 mins 18 secs for 10 minutes).


Sewol Families Visiting Europe

On 16th April 2014 the South Korean passenger ferry MV Sewol sank en route to Jeju Island, taking the lives of 304 people, mostly high school children.  As the Korean public watched live pictures of the ship dangerously listed and slowly sinking,  authorities responsible for rescue acted with confusion and inertia.  An inexplicable announcement through news media that all passengers had been rescued set the tone for ineptitude that has characterised the handling of one of South Korea’s biggest disasters.

The parents and campaigners visiting Europe between 3 and 15 May 2016 hope to reach as many people as possible to highlight their struggle for truth.   Continue reading “Sewol Families Visiting Europe”

Victims items to be returned home

After 646 days since the disaster, items recovered from the Sewol ferry were sent to Ansan, where the communal altar for victims is.  The 416Memory project team and over 100 volunteers together took photos of each item and categorised.

Photo from Hankyoreh website (courtesy of the 416Memory)

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16th ‘Stay Put’ monthly Sewol silent protest in London | Demotix

Photo journalist, Peter Marshall, reports the 16th ‘Stay Put’ Sewol silent protest in London 

Click here to see the coverage and more photos…

Sewol ferry: South Korea appoints China salvage consortium | BBC

Sewol ferry: South Korea appoints China salvage consortium | BBC

4 August 2015

The South Korean government has signed a deal with a Chinese consortium to raise the wreckage of the Sewol ferry.

The ferry sank in April 2014, killing 304 people – most of them children.

The remains of nine people are yet to be recovered and their families campaigned for the ship to be raised.

The captain and several crew members have been given jail terms for failing to protect passengers, as was the captain of a coast guard vessel involved in the botched rescue effort.

The passengers included 325 pupils aged between 16 and 17 from who were on a school trip to the holiday island of Jeju when the ferry sank.

The wreckage will be salvaged by a consortium led by Shanghai Salvage. It will be raised by next July at a cost of $73m (£47m).

To recover any bodies remaining within the ship, engineers will enclose the wreck in two sets of netting so that the complete contents will rise with the vessel, the BBC’s Evans in Seoul reports.

It will be the grisliest of tasks but also one of much political sensitivity, he adds.

In April South Korean President Park Guen-hye promised the vessel would be raised at the earliest opportunity amid intense public criticism of the government.

Investigators have said the ferry sank after an inexperienced crew member made too fast a turn. The combination of an illegal redesign and overload meant the ship was unstable.

Ferry profile

The owner of ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine Co, Yoo Byung-eun, disappeared after the disaster and was eventually found dead.

The ferry sank in waters between 37 and 43 metres (121 and 141 feet) deep.

While salvage operations have been undertaken in deeper seas, the site of the Sewol is a channel subject to notoriously dangerous currents and heavy surface winds.

Two divers died searching for bodies inside the vessel last year.

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