South Korean Human Rights Monitor

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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 »


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 »


Is it possible for Conglomerate CEOs to avoid prison sentences?

Elizabeth Na March 14, 2014

The Choi Taewon CEO Brothers, of SK Co., were each sentenced for embezzling 45 billion won, with prison sentence of 4 years for Choi Taewon and 3 years and 6 months for his brother. “Will they be able to avoid prison?” is the question that came into mind, remembering Kim Seung Yeon’s probation sentence for embezzling funds, which reached 15000 billion… Continue Reading »


Strict Dress Code of Female Employees

Eunjung Cha November 19, 2012

No glasses, wearing skirts only, regulating hairstyles, earring size and skirt length-these are dress codes of female flight attendants implemented by Asiana airline, which is South Korea’s domestic and international airline. Recently, this topic was posed as a controversial issue which is up for debate. That is, Asiana Airlines branch of Korean Transport Workers’ Union… Continue Reading »

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