South Korean Human Rights Monitor


Weekly Digest: March 10 – March 16

Madeleine O'Neill March 17, 2016

This week, national and international studies spurred discussions of gender equality, attitudes towards immigrants, and income equality. In addition, children’s welfare continued to be a key issue as the government looks for ways to prevent further abuse cases.

Korean English Language Media Coverage

March 10 Korea JoongAng Daily For elderly villagers, new taxi plans a boon
March 11 Korea JoongAng Daily Harsher sentences sought for drunken driving
March 13 The Hankyoreh Victims ordered to pay back massacre compensation, with interest
March 13 The Hankyoreh [Analysis] Over four years, this Supreme Court has erased human
rights gains
March 13 The Korea Times Application of AI in criminal cases getting attention
March 13 The Hankyoreh UN High Commission says comfort women issue still not resolved
March 13 The Hankyoreh Students sacrifice clubs and socializing for poorly paid part time jobs
March 15 The Hankyoreh Yonhap News Agency dragged down by pro-government bias
March 16 Yonhap News Agency S. Korea’s income inequality among top in Asia: IMF report
March 16 Korea JoongAng Daily Korean employees who work longer hours are less efficient
March 16 The Korea Herald Gaesong firms, workers desperate for help
March 16 Yonhap News Agency Less than 10 pct of overseas voters registered for parliamentary

Children’s Welfare

March 10 The Korea Times Preschoolers vulnerable to child abuse
March 11 The Korea Times ‘Doctors key to detecting child abuse’
March 14 The Korea Herald Reported child abuse sees on-year spike
March 14 The Korea Herald Lack of budget, workforce hinder child abuse fight
March 15 The Korea Times Gov’t to impose mandatory parental education

Gender Equality

March 13 The Korea Herald More South Korean men feel disadvantaged socially: study
March 15 Yonhap News Agency Poll finds employers prefer hiring men
March 15 Yonhap News Agency S. Korea lags behind Asian peers in female labor management

Immigrants & Multiculturalism

March 10 The Hankyoreh More multicultural youths stuck out of education, employment or
March 14 Yonhap News Agency S. Koreans more accepting of immigrants than before: poll
March 14 The Korea Herald Korean farmers, laborers less tolerant of migrants: survey
March 16 The Korea Times Illegal foreign workers face tougher rules

Privacy & National Security

March 11 The Kyunghyang Shinmun Supreme Court gives wings to the Terrorism Prevention Act
March 13 The Hankyoreh More fears about NIS taking personal info of politicians, journalists and
regular folks
March 14 The Korea Times Concerns still linger on anti-terrorism law
March 15 The Hankyoreh [Editorial] If there’s a reason for snooping, the NIS should say so

Public Health

March 11 The Korea Times Still no place for AIDS patients
March 11 The Korea Herald Ministry refutes legal loophole on regulating toxic detergent
March 12 The Korea Times Nearly 40% of women over 65 say ‘I want to die’
March 14 The Korea Herald Korea steps up protection of foreign medical patients

International Media Coverage

March 11 City Lab Why South Korean businesses can legally refuse to serve foreigners

International NGO Reports

March 3 MasterCard Master Intelligence Mastercard Index of Women’s Advancement (MIWA) 2016
March 4 International Monetary Fund Sharing the Growth Dividend: Analysis of Inequality in Asia


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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