South Korean Human Rights Monitor

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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 »

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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 »

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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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