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Hyung Je Bok-ji-won (Brother Welfare Facility): South Korea’s Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Dahee Kim August 20, 2015

Hyung Je Bok-ji-won (lit. “Brother Welfare facility”) was a welfare facility that operated in Busan, South Korea from 1975 to 1986. The facility accommodated about 4,000 persons and it is regarded as the largest sheltered accommodation for homeless people in the country. It is called the Korean version of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, because a large… Continue Reading »


North Korea Illicit Drug Problems Continue to Escalate

Dahee Kim June 17, 2015

A drug addiction problem within North Korea has reached a serious level, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on May 29, 2015, citing information provided by North Korean defectors. According to the information, various kinds of drugs, from opium to methamphetamines, have been widespread across almost all social strata, including even teenagers. Beginning in Kim Jong-il’s reign,… Continue Reading »


Eight out of ten Korean teens uninformed about labour rights

Dahee Kim May 20, 2015

“The minimum wage of South Korea is 5,580 won!” That is what a member of the K-pop group Girls Day, Hye-ri, said in an advertisement on an online part-time job site. After releasing the commercial, many people said they learned about the legal minimum wage and overtime pay through the commercial, and Hye-ri got the nickname “Marxdol”… Continue Reading »


Right to Safety amid a Culture of Short-termism

Dahee Kim May 15, 2015

Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”. Considering the right to life, liberty and security of person as a fundamental human right, the Human Rights Committee in its General Comment 6 (1982) on Article 6 of the ICCPR (which protects the… Continue Reading »


Seoul Announces Plans to Create Human Rights Tour

Dahee Kim April 11, 2015

According to a Kyunghyang Shinmun report released on 07 April 2015, the Seoul government plans to make a human rights tour route. It aims to offer a public educational ground for human rights through introducing places in which human rights abuses took place in the past, the Seoul government announced on April 07. The tour… Continue Reading »


ICC deferred its re-accreditation of ‘A’ status on the NHRCK again

Dahee Kim April 9, 2015

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) received the notice of postponement regarding its re-accreditation of ‘A’ status again from the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions (ICC, not to be confused with the International Criminal Court). This was the third consecutive deferral by the ICC after first deferring its rating decision for the… Continue Reading »

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