South Korean Human Rights Monitor


No place for LGBTIQ foundation in Korea

Dahee Kim February 18, 2015

On 9th Feb 2015, “Beyond the Rainbow Foundation”, a LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning) foundation applying for incorporation in Korea, announced it was denied its incorporation by government. Other advocacy and solidarity groups for LGBT individuals exist, such as Donginryun, but this is the first such organization to seek incorporation. As only incorporated… Continue Reading »


Don’t blame NGOs for NHRCK’s downgraded status

Dahee Kim February 16, 2015

After the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC, not to be confused with the International Criminal Court) deferred its re-accreditation of ‘A’ status on the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) until next March, Hyun Byung-chul, chairperson of the NHRCK, blamed Korean human rights NGOs… Continue Reading »


Only armed training soldiers play a role in securing peace?

Dahee Kim January 28, 2015

Last October, Kim, a 36-year-old man working at a public corporation, submitted a complaint against his employer to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea due to their policy of determining salary grades based on the type of military service each employee completed. Kim said the company where he works gave 24 points to people who… Continue Reading »


Unclear mass layoffs law leads to ongoing Ssangyong protests

Dahee Kim January 19, 2015

Two laid-off workers from Ssangyong Motors, Kim Jeong-wook and Lee Chang-geun, have been protesting from atop a 70-meter chimney at the Ssangyong Motors’ factory in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province since last Dec. 13. They climbed the chimney to demand full reinstatement and amendments of legal conditions for layoff after the Supreme Court ruled that Ssangyong’s massive… Continue Reading »

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