South Korean Human Rights Monitor

Category Archives: Human Rights Defenders


Don’t blame NGOs for NHRCK’s downgraded status

Dahee Kim February 16, 2015

After the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC, not to be confused with the International Criminal Court) deferred its re-accreditation of ‘A’ status on the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) until next March, Hyun Byung-chul, chairperson of the NHRCK, blamed Korean human rights NGOs… Continue Reading »


The UN warns Korea over violating the rights to express and protest

JiEun Lee January 24, 2014

Upon learning the cases of unfair dismissal of MBC and YTN union members as well as oppression of protesters of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction by the police, the UN warned the Korean government that it is abusing the rights to free expression and free assembly and free association as well as invading fundamental human rights. The report is scheduled… Continue Reading »


[CSO] Inside Look: GREENPEACE: Anti-nuclear Expansion Project

Somin Kim August 26, 2013

One of the biggest campaigns the Greenpeace Korea works on is the anti-nuclear campaign. Korea has the highest nuclear density in the world with 23 nuclear power plants in the country. Five plants are under construction and six more plants are planned for construction in the near future. Since the Korean government advertises the economic… Continue Reading »


Civil Society Gathers to Discuss its Role Under Park’s Administration

Somin Kim July 16, 2013

Representatives from NGOs, corporations, and government gathered at Seoul YWCA on July 2nd for a forum held in celebration of the founding of an incorporated association, The Citizen. About 80 people were present including the standing representatives of the Korean Women’s Association United and the Green Korea United. The discussion started with the issue proposal… Continue Reading »


UN Special Rapporteur on the Status of Human Rights Defenders Visit Report

Soo Yon Suh June 18, 2013

Special Rapporteur, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya, has completed her investigation on the status of human rights defenders here in South Korea and expressed concerns and recommended improvement. To implement the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders established in 1998 the Commission on Human Rights established in 2000 the mandate on the situation of human rights defenders. Since… Continue Reading »

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