South Korean Human Rights Monitor


Weekly Digest: March 3 – March 9

Madeleine O'Neill March 10, 2016

This week, International Women’s Day spurred analysis of gender equality. In addition, the discussion around privacy and national security continued in response to the passage of the counter-terrorism bill.


Korean English Language Media Coverage

March 3 Yonhap News Agency S. Korean parliament passes N. Korean human rights bill
March 3 The Korea Herald Bill passed to tighten airport borders
March 3 The Hankyoreh Desperation setting in for fired Kaesong Complex workers
March 4 Yonhap News Agency Acquitted foreigners should not be denied residency permit: gov’t
March 4 The Korea Times Lower birthrate linked to long work hours
March 4 The Korea Herald Death rate higher for blue-collar workers
March 6 The Korea Herald Immigrants’ children vulnerable to discrimination in South Korea: report
March 6 The Hankyoreh Critical news is waning as online portals turn to “mechanical neutrality”
March 6 The Korea Herald South Koreans to gain access to dates’ criminal records
March 7 The Korea Times Seoul to implement protective measures for women
March 7 The Korea Times Sex, money and celebrities: Repeated crackdown failures have left
clients, brokers increasingly elusive
March 8 The Hankyoreh UN panel says comfort women agreement not “fully victim-centered”
March 8 Yonhap News Agency Classrooms of ferry disaster victims to be replicated
March 9 Yonhap News Agency Gov’t to beef up education for multicultural students
March 9 The Korea Herald Young naturalized Koreans struggle to fit in

Gender Equality

March 6 The Korea Times Korea ‘still a man’s country’
March 7 The Korea Herald Glass ceiling still thick in Korea
March 8 The Korea Herald Female students suffer discriminatory remarks
March 8 The Korea Herald Single moms denied parental allowance in South Korea
March 8 Korea JoongAng Daily Plans hatched for more women officers in Korean military

Counter-Terror Law

March 3 The Hankyoreh [Analysis] Will passage of anti-terror bill turn the NIS into a
March 8 The Korea Times Anti-terrorism law triggers exodus to foreign messenger apps
March 9 The Hankyoreh NIS claims threats warrant a cyber-terror bill

Public Health

March 3 The Korea Herald Emergency medical units too crowded in South Korea
March 3 The Korea Times Families grapple with dementia as Korean society ages
March 6 The Korea Herald Lonely South Koreans become hoarders, die unattended
March 7 The Korea Times Doctors caught recycling syringes will face merciless punishment
March 8 The Korea Times Gov’t to beef up measures against TB infections by foreigners
March 9 The Korea Herald Prices soar at Seoul’s postnatal care centers

Labor Issues & Economic Policy

March 3 The Korea Herald [Editorial] Widening wage gap
March 9 Korea JoongAng Daily Younger households’ incomes fall
March 9 The Korea Herald [Editorial] Competency-based society

International Media Coverage

March 3 The Economist The best—and worst—places to be a working woman
March 5 The New York Times South Korea government accused of using defamation laws to
silence critics
March 6 Al Jazeera South Korea tackles youth mobile-phone addiction
March 9 The Diplomat South Korea’s anti-terror law part of a worrisome rrend

International NGO Reports

2016 World Economic Forum The Global Gender Gap Index 2015


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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