Bae Eun-shim, who dedicated her life to democratization in the footsteps of her son Lee Han-yeol, has passed away.
The Lee Han-yeol Memorial Foundation announced on the 9th, “At 5:28 a.m. that day, Bae Eun-shim’s mother passed away at the age of 82.”
After her son Han-yeol Lee was killed by a tear gas bomb on June 9, 1987, Bae Eun-shim visited the office of the Family Movement Council for Democratization Practice (Mingahyup) in August of the same year, and has devoted herself to the democratization movement. Mingahyup was founded on August 12, 1986 and has been protecting the democratization movement site. Since then, he has spent more time at the sites of the democratization and human rights struggles across the country and at Hanul Life in Seoul (the National Council for Democracy Bereaved Families) than at his house in Gwangju. From 2007 to 2013, he served as Chairman of the Yuga Association. In 2020, on the 33rd anniversary of the June 10 Democratic Uprising, the government awarded the National Order of Merit Peony to 12 people, including lawyer Cho Young-rae, former chairman Park Jeong-ki, and first lady Lee So-seon. Among the 12, only first lady Bae Eun-shim, the only survivor, was awarded a medal directly by President Moon Jae-in.
It is known that Ms. Bae recently suffered an acute myocardial infarction and was receiving treatment. He collapsed the day before and died at Chosun University Hospital in Gwangju, where he was receiving treatment. The funeral will be held at the ‘Democracy Road, Bae Eun-shim’s mother’s funeral home’. Han Dong-gun, chairman of the Lee Han-yeol Memorial Foundation, Jang Nam-su, chairman of Yu Ga-hyeop, and Park Bong-joo, co-representative of the Gwangju Jeonnam Memorial Solidarity, served as the permanent chairman of the funeral committee. It will be held for three days at the funeral home of Chosun University Hospital, and will be buried at the 8 cemetery in Mangwol-dong on the 11th. You can also say your final goodbyes to the deceased at the Citizens’ Incense Office at the Lee Han-yeol Memorial Hall in Mapo-gu, Seoul.
The struggle of the Confucianism Association, in which the parents of the martyrs who died for democratization, have gathered, continues to this day. Currently, they are protesting in Yeouido, Seoul, urging the enactment of the People of Merit for Democracy Act.