South Korean Human Rights Monitor


Weekly Digest: March 31 – April 6

Madeleine O'Neill April 7, 2016

This week, the nation’s attention was directed towards issues of sexual harassment and assault. Additionally, a court ruling on the banning of prostitution garnered both national and international commentary.

Korean English Language Media Coverage

March 31 The Korea Herald Court rules ban on prostitution constitutional
March 31 The Kyunghyang
The police and the military indiscriminately screened the
communication data of 97 journalists
March 31 The Korea Times Rights commission backs rally near Cheong Wa Dae
March 31 The Korea Times Seolhyun’s vote promotional ads cause dispute
March 31 The Korea Herald Korea pushes to protect teachers from violence
April 2 The Korea Times Half of Koreans say this is not a law-abiding society
April 3 Yonhap News Agency Gov’t to establish gene bank for families of forced laborers
April 4 The Korea Herald 20% of Seoul students still face corporal punishment: report
April 4 The Korea Times [Editorial] Why Jeju needs more truth, reconciliation
April 5 The Korea Herald Questions on marital status ruled unfit for job interviews
April 5 The Hankyoreh Former KB Hanmaum CEO wins damages for illegal surveillance of
April 6 The Korea Herald Insufficient support for disabled children: parents
April 6 The Dong-A Ilbo Korea’s 1st rehabilitation hospital specialized for children to open
April 6 The Hankyoreh Student booked by police for participating in vigil for comfort women

Sexual Harassment & Assault

April 3 The Korea Herald Incest victims fight back against abusers in South Korea
April 4 The Hankyoreh Sunflower Centers treat more than 20,000 sexual violence
victims per year
April 5 The Korea Herald Police’s open letter to rape victim sparks fury
April 6 The Hankyoreh 8 out of 10 S. Korean workers experience sexual
harassment, most don’t report it

Immigrants & Multiculturalism

April 1 The Korea Times [Protesting halal initiative] When ill-informed public
takes collective action
April 4 The Korea Herald Korea takes aim at illegal immigration
April 4 The Korea Times Funding for marriage migrants to visit homelands
April 5 The Korea Times Islamic business event drawing protest
April 6 The Korea Herald Racism prevalent in migrant education

Labor Issues & Economic Policy

March 31 The Korea Herald Salaries of workers rise slightly, working hours fall
April 1 The Korea Times CGV slammed over ‘untidiness penalty’
April 3 The Hankyoreh [Editorial] Labor law tumbles in favor of mean-spirited
April 4 The Hankyoreh Workers setting up strategies to narrow gap between
regular and irregular positions
April 5 The Korea Herald Korean companies seek to drop job titles

Public Health

April 2 The Korea Times New warnings on cigarette packages draw pros, cons
April 5 Korea JoongAng Daily [Postnatal care policy] Separating mothers and infants
can be harmful
April 5 Yonhap News Agency Seat belt mandatory for all passengers on all local roads

International Media Coverage

March 31 The New York Times South Korean court upholds ban on prostitution
March 31 Reuters South Korea prostitutes decry court ruling, demand right to
April 2 The Economist Social welfare in South Korea: Doubt of the benefit
April 4 BBC Public battle over S Korea rape claim
April 4 The New York Times They flee North Korea, only to be adrift in the South


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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