South Korean Human Rights Monitor

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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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Jeon Tae-il Bridge

Youbin Kang January 11, 2015

Located among busy tourist hubs of Dongdaemun market and the recently built Cheonggae-cheon, Pyounghwa Market stands its ground. Although comparatively more run-down than its younger counterparts, Pyounghwa Market embodies an important part of contemporary Korean history that is too often forgotten. The market houses many wholesale shops. The building is comprised of three floors, taking up… Continue Reading »

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Thank God for LGBT Rights

Se-Woong Koo December 22, 2014

Homosexuality equals AIDS. Incest. National doom. With such rousing words, on 20 November, South Korea’s Evangelical Christian lobby effectively scuttled Seoul’s human rights charter that had been in the making for months, chanting “Amen!” to obstruct discussion at a town hall meeting attended by Mayor Park Won-soon. But this will be a short-lived victory for Evangelicals…. Continue Reading »

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Disposable Workers of Hyper-Capitalist Korea

Se-Woong Koo December 8, 2014

A call-center manager beats her subordinates with an umbrella at an office in Jongno, Seoul. She slaps them in the face over and over. She pushes them around till they cry. All for not selling enough magazine subscriptions. As a contributor to the publication of the International Trade Union Confederation, I have become numb to… Continue Reading »

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