South Korean Human Rights Monitor

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North Korea Illicit Drug Problems Continue to Escalate

Dahee Kim June 17, 2015

A drug addiction problem within North Korea has reached a serious level, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on May 29, 2015, citing information provided by North Korean defectors. According to the information, various kinds of drugs, from opium to methamphetamines, have been widespread across almost all social strata, including even teenagers. Beginning in Kim Jong-il’s reign,… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: May 25 – June 1

Sooyoung Oh June 3, 2015

Every week South Korean Human Rights Monitor publishes a digest of articles and reports on important human rights issues related to Korea from domestic and international media, rights organizations and government agencies. Through this publication we hope to share other perspectives on issues that HRM covers and also to share information about issues that HRM… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: May 18 – May 24

Sooyoung Oh May 25, 2015

Every week South Korean Human Rights Monitor publishes a digest of articles and reports on important human rights issues related to Korea from domestic and international media, rights organizations and government agencies. Through this publication we hope to share other perspectives on issues that HRM covers and also to share information about issues that HRM… Continue Reading »

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Eight out of ten Korean teens uninformed about labour rights

Dahee Kim May 20, 2015

“The minimum wage of South Korea is 5,580 won!” That is what a member of the K-pop group Girls Day, Hye-ri, said in an advertisement on an online part-time job site. After releasing the commercial, many people said they learned about the legal minimum wage and overtime pay through the commercial, and Hye-ri got the nickname “Marxdol”… Continue Reading »

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