South Korean Human Rights Monitor


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 Social media users go to wild ends for ‘likes’
April 14 Korea JoongAng Daily VR gets its own killer app – and it’s pornography
April 14 The Korea Herald Pre-election surveys’ credibility questioned
April 15 The Hankyoreh Lashing out at “Hell Joseon”, young’uns drive ruling party’s
election beatdown
April 15 The Hankyoreh US State Department report highlight state history textbooks as
April 16 Korea JoongAng Daily Time for a plan [MERS and quarantine measures]
April 18 The Korea Times Lotte Mart apologizes to disinfectant victims
April 18 The Hankyoreh Anti-Terror Act would allow outside deployment of military troops
April 18 The Dong-A Ilbo Korea offers meager tax benefit to families with children
April 19 The Chosun Ilbo More than 850 people homeless in Seoul
April 19 The Korea Times Ministry urged to disclose alleged law school admission frauds
April 19 The Korea Times Hotels pledge to improve working conditions for trainees
April 19 The Korea Times ‘Lack of sleep’ biggest difficulty for weary soldiers
April 20 The Korea Times 1 female officer in 20 suffers sexual harassment
April 20 The Korea Times Most Korean workers victims of ‘gapjil’ on job
April 20 The Korea Herald Over 60% of N.K. defectors see themselves as low class: poll
April 20 The Korea Times Keeping school violence in check

Disability Rights

April 19 The Korea Herald Disabled students suffer under reluctant education system
April 19 The Korea Herald Expats blocked from benefits for disabled kids
April 20 The Korea Herald Seoul City vows to build more schools for disabled
April 20 The Kyunghyang
Can’t the visually impaired ride roller coasters?

Immigrants & Multiculturalism

April 14 The Korea Herald ‘25 percent of children of immigrants don’t identify themselves
as Koreans’: study
April 17 The Korea Times NGO offers free travel to Vietnamese wives
April 20 The Korea Times Online teaching site to offer programs for multicultural families
April 20 The Korea Herald Work accidents plague foreign workers
April 20 The Korea Times Uzbek man’s suicide attempt reveals problems with immigration

Sewol Sinking Anniversary

April 16 The Hankyoreh In poll, 80% of S. Koreans say for them, Sewol tragedy is “still
April 17 The Korea Herald Korea marks two years since Sewol ferry tragedy
April 17 The Korea Herald Murky future for Sewol committee as deadline looms

International Media Coverage

April 16 The New York Times Thousands mark 2nd anniversary of S. Korean ferry disaster
April 19 The Associated Press AP: S. Korea covered up mass abuse, killings of ‘vagrants’


Every week South Korean Human Rights Monitor publishes a digest of articles and reports on important human rights issues related to Korea from domestic and international media, rights organizations and government agencies. Through this publication we hope to share other perspectives on issues that HRM covers and also to share information about issues that HRM may not have been able to cover. Please note that we do not have official ties or affiliations with any of the organizations below, nor do we necessarily endorse the views contained within these articles and reports.

About Author

Madeleine O'Neill

Madeleine is a graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Literary Arts. She has a deep interest in both global human rights and journalism and intends to pursue a career in human rights law. Her major areas of concern include women's rights, freedom of expression, and the right to education. Madeleine is currently completing her second year as an English teacher in Seoul. View all posts by Madeleine O'Neill →

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