South Korean Human Rights Monitor


Weekly Digest: September 17 – September 23

Madeleine O'Neill September 24, 2015

This week, the country was drawn further into debate over its handling of refugees. The controversy surrounding a state-authored history textbook continues to expand, as do government and union responses to the recent labor reform agreement. Finally, public safety and the role of technology are being examined amid concerns for women’s and children’s wellbeing. Korean English Language Media Coverage… Continue Reading »


Weekly Digest: September 10 – September 16

Madeleine O'Neill September 17, 2015

This week, media coverage was dominated by responses to a long-awaited tripartite labor reform agreement. In addition, review of social and economic policies was spurred by the release of a World Economic Forum report in which South Korea performed very poorly with regards to income equality, social mobility, welfare and corruption. Finally, reflecting the global debate on refugees,… Continue Reading »


Weekly Digest: September 3 – September 9

Madeleine O'Neill September 10, 2015

This week, a small-scale maritime disaster renewed concern over safety regulations and rescue reform. Education policy also dominated the news, particularly the debate concerning a return to state-authored history textbooks for middle and high schoolers. In addition, the country began preparations for forthcoming reunions between 100 North and South Korean families. Korean English Language Media Coverage September 3 The Korea… Continue Reading »


Weekly Digest: August 26 – September 2

Madeleine O'Neill September 3, 2015

With the settling of North-South tensions, the country’s attention has returned to domestic matters. Labor and employment concerns are at the political forefront as labor unions have decided to return to reform talks. Education policy–notably lowering pressure on younger students and restructuring the university system–is another top issue. Korean English Language Media Coverage August 26… Continue Reading »


Weekly Digest: August 19 – August 25

Madeleine O'Neill August 27, 2015

This week the country’s attention was focused on increasing tensions with North Korea and the subsequent agreement reached after intensive talks. Anti-corruption efforts have also continued to be a large concern, particularly in the spheres of politics and law. Korean English Language Media Coverage August 19 The Hankyoreh [Editorial] Young people’s despair is everyone’s responsibility August 19… Continue Reading »


Tri-Weekly Digest: July 29 – August 18

Madeleine O'Neill August 20, 2015

We apologize that the digest has not been available for the past two weeks due to a technical difficulty. The normal weekly schedule will resume next week. The past three weeks have lessened immediate concern regarding the NIS surveillance scandal. The most recent issue occupying the country’s attention is the proliferation of sex crimes and sexual abuse, particularly at schools. Labor and… Continue Reading »


Hyung Je Bok-ji-won (Brother Welfare Facility): South Korea’s Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Dahee Kim August 20, 2015

Hyung Je Bok-ji-won (lit. “Brother Welfare facility”) was a welfare facility that operated in Busan, South Korea from 1975 to 1986. The facility accommodated about 4,000 persons and it is regarded as the largest sheltered accommodation for homeless people in the country. It is called the Korean version of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, because a large… Continue Reading »

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