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Amnesty International: End rampant abuse of migrant agricultural workers

Daniel Corks October 20, 2014

Amnesty International has published an 89 page report detailing systematic and extensive abuse and mistreatment of migrant workers in Korea, a clear-cut example of forced labour and modern-day slavery. This report, which is focused on the agricultural industry and the Korean government’s Employment Permit System, follows Amnesty International’s earlier reports from 2006 (full report | summary) and 2009 on… Continue Reading »


[Human Rights Tour] National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

Daniel Corks July 18, 2014

This is the first in our human rights tour series, “10 places to visit as a socially conscious traveller in Korea” National Museum of Korean Contemporary History / 대한민국 역사 박물관 phone: 02-3703-9200 ♦ website: ♦ address: 198 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul In a nutshell More informative and entertaining than your typical museum. A good place to… Continue Reading »


Important Legal Precedents Regarding Sexual Harassment at the Workplace

Daniel Corks January 9, 2014

December is a month with many company dinners and other after-work outings, events where there are often instances of sexual harassment of various forms. As a review of the current legal environment regarding prosecution of sexual harassment, local online news outlet The Women’s News recently looked at a few important cases from recent years that… Continue Reading »


“White Only” Trend When Hiring English Instructors Still Prevalent

Daniel Corks January 7, 2014

As anyone with experience working as a foreign English instructor in Korea knows, nationality-, age-, gender- and racially-based discrimination in hiring practices of hagwons (private after-school tutoring centres) or even public schools is not hard to find. The surprising characteristic is that it is often very open, to the point where job postings on message… Continue Reading »


Dangerous workplace conditions; even if you’re hurt, ‘just shut up and work’

Daniel Corks December 6, 2013

Health and safety standards for part-time and temporary employees are severely lacking in many workplaces, according to a survey conducted by the Korea Occupational Health & Safety Agency (한국산업안전보건공단) and the Part-time Workers Foundation (알바연대).  425 employees in relevant positions were surveyed; among them 35% had received some information regarding safety while the rest had… Continue Reading »


Suicide rate among teenagers has increased 74.9% in the last decade; 2nd highest increase in the OECD

Daniel Corks October 29, 2013

On the World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th of this month, the Korea Health Promotion Foundation (Korean: 한국건강증진재단) released its analysis of the figures regarding causes of death from Statistics Korea, revealing that the suicide rates among both adults and teenagers have increased significantly since the turn of the century.  Among teenagers (defined as… Continue Reading »


1 in 10 children live in inadequate housing

Daniel Corks September 2, 2013

According to a recently released report , 1,290,000 children, or approximately 1 in 10, live in inadequate housing.  The report was produced by ChildFund Korea (초록우산 어린이재단), using data from the 2010 national census, wherein ‘child’ is defined as those under 20 years old. The Housing Act (주택법) stipulates the minimum requirements of residential buildings… Continue Reading »

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