South Korean Human Rights Monitor


Weekly Digest: January 20 – January 27

Madeleine O'Neill January 28, 2016

This week, the government’s release of new guidelines for employee termination prompted an outcry from unions. Concern over domestic violence, senior welfare, and sexual harassment continued. Korean English Language Media Coverage January 21 Korea JoongAng Daily Cheaper day care now in limbo January 21 Korea JoongAng Daily Man, 43, found not guilty in teenage rape case January… Continue Reading »


Weekly Digest: January 14 – January 20

Madeleine O'Neill January 21, 2016

This week, the story of a child abuse case reignited discussions over children’s welfare. Ongoing issues continued to develop, including further discussion of the “comfort women” deal and the withdrawal of the labor union from the reform agreement reached in September. Korean English Language Media Coverage January 14 Yonhap News Agency Court rejects Korean A-bomb victims’… Continue Reading »


Weekly Digest: January 7 – January 13

Madeleine O'Neill January 14, 2016

This week, various issues related to the ‘comfort women’ continued to dominate headlines. In addition, several long-standing disputes were at least partially resolved, such as Samsung’s responsibility for employees with leukemia and a “death with dignity” bill. Korean English Language Media Coverage January 7 The Korea Times Posting information online about making weapons punishable January 7 The Korea Times Bill… Continue Reading »


Weekly Digest: December 17 – December 23

Madeleine O'Neill December 24, 2015

This week, the country’s attention was directed towards international relations. Two court cases regarding diplomacy with Japan–a defamation charge and a petition regarding forced labor compensation–reached a decision. Further controversy erupted over the US military’s use of anthrax in Korea. In addition, refugees from Myanmar arrived as part of a new pilot program. Korean English… Continue Reading »


Wire-tapping: Invasion of Privacy or Means of National Security?

Sean Madsen December 7, 2015

In a situation similar to the Edward Snowden case, the Korean public recently discovered that their government was monitoring people’s computers and cell phones with a wiretapping and online hacking system. News of the technology was revealed this July when an Italian company, Hacking Team, was hacked themselves revealing 400GB of hacking content and a list… Continue Reading »

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