South Korean Human Rights Monitor

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Barriers to Integration for Refugees in South Korea

Daniel Corks August 3, 2016

South Korea’s active involvement in supporting refugees both domestically and internationally is consistent with its dedication to various international development causes worldwide. Since 2004, the government has contributed at least one million dollars towards UNHCR annually; in 2015, it donated almost $13 million. Much of these funds are earmarked towards specific humanitarian projects, such as… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: April 21 – April 27

Madeleine O'Neill April 28, 2016

This week, a scandal regarding support and funding for pro-government conservative rallies drew concern. The plight of multicultural families and immigrants, including North Korean defectors, gained attention as well. Korean English Language Media Coverage April 21 The Hankyoreh South Korea hits all-time low on press freedom ranking April 22 Korea JoongAng Daily Crackdown on odd, vulgar… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: April 14 – April 20

Madeleine O'Neill April 21, 2016

This week, the country was focused on the outcome of the recent parliamentary elections. The second anniversary of the Sewol sinking revived memorials and interest in investigating the incident. An AP report concerning the cover-up of imprisonment and abuse of ‘vagrants’ prior to the 1988 Olympics dominated international headlines. Korean English Language Media Coverage April 14 Korea JoongAng Daily… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: March 31 – April 6

Madeleine O'Neill April 7, 2016

This week, the nation’s attention was directed towards issues of sexual harassment and assault. Additionally, a court ruling on the banning of prostitution garnered both national and international commentary. Korean English Language Media Coverage March 31 The Korea Herald Court rules ban on prostitution constitutional March 31 The Kyunghyang Shinmun The police and the military indiscriminately… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: March 24 – March 30

Madeleine O'Neill March 31, 2016

This week, recent incidents of demeaning treatment of employees led to discussion of workers’ rights. In addition, the government began to consider programs to prevent future child abuse, and the national intelligence agency was confronted over surveillance of citizens, journalists, and politicians. Korean English Language Media Coverage March 24 Korea JoongAng Daily Loan sharks coerced women into prostitution March 24 Korea… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: March 17 – March 23

Madeleine O'Neill March 24, 2016

This week, the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination led to discussion of the status of immigrants and multiculturalism in Korea. Other important issues included higher education reform and the plight of working mothers. Korean English Language Media Coverage March 17 The Korea Herald School smoking test breaches students’ rights, watchdog says March 17 The… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: February 25 – March 2

Madeleine O'Neill March 3, 2016

This week, the discussion surrounding national security concerns and privacy issues continued as the counter-terrorism bill was approved following a record-breaking filibuster. Several demonstrations were held peacefully as well. Korean English Language Media Coverage February 25 The Korea Times Gov’t to abolish discrimination against mentally ill February 25 The Chosun Ilbo 1 in 5 elderly Koreans live in… Continue Reading »

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