South Korean Human Rights Monitor

Category Archives: Disability


NHRCK: Rejecting Applicants based on Family Member’s Mental Condition is Discrimination

Sooyoung Oh September 9, 2014

On September 2nd, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea ruled that eliminating candidates from job applications due to mental conditions of family members is a discriminatory act. A, a high school student applying to the Aviation department at a university, passed the document evaluation process but failed the physical examination because of his mother’s… Continue Reading »


1st Able Access Art Fair – Art Exhibition of Disabled Artists

Sooyoung Oh June 25, 2014

From June 9th to 13th, the 1st Able Access Art Fair was held at Seoul284, the former Seoul Station building, exhibiting artwork created by people with disabilities. Organized by Korea Disabilities Art Association and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism and the Korean Craft & Design Foundation, the five day event with the… Continue Reading »


Elimination of the Disability Class System Finally Reaching Open Ears

Elizabeth Na May 29, 2014

The following article is based on: Jung DaeYeon; 2014/05/12; “장애등급제 폐지’ 불지피고 떠난 고 송국현“; The Kyunghyang Shinmun. Song GookHyun, who had a mobility disability, passed away recently in a fire accident, and was commemorated by many citizens in a public funeral on May 12th. Song had been an activist for the disability class system elimination campaign. Even after deaths like Song’s… Continue Reading »


Ritual Abuse of Disabled Patients, Embezzlement of Grants at Home for Disabled Children

Elizabeth Na March 19, 2014

A man steps on the pelvis of a student. What comes next shows an adult being hit by a metal stick. These are the scenes of abuse in pictures the National Commission of Human Rights of Korea was able to acquire from a group home for mentally disabled children in DoBong District of Seoul. The mistreatment of… Continue Reading »

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