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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 »


April Comfort Women Korea-Japan Negotiations, Possibly Last Hope of Resolving Comfort Women Issue

Elizabeth Na April 21, 2014

On April 16th, in order to discuss the controversial issue of the Korean women made “Comfort Women “during the Japanese Occupation, a meeting between the directors of the Korean and Japanese Ministries of Foreign Affairs was held. The Korean terms of negotiations were that the Japanese government should acknowledge their crimes, and make official apologies… Continue Reading »


Two Doors (2011): Yongsan Tragedy Revisited

Ji-Su Park July 10, 2012

Two Doors, an independent documentary on the Yongsan Tragedy of January 2009 (read the HRM’s previous article on Yongsan Tragedy), made a huge hit in the theaters. Given the fact that it is an independent film, the film’s success is phenomenal: more than 16,000 people saw the film even though only 16 theaters nationwide are showing… Continue Reading »


Hyundai Motor in Great Dispute with Labor Union

Alexandra Bauer January 13, 2012

The Hyundai Motor Company had to face a lot of startling occurrences and criticism very recently. This past Sunday on the 8th of January, the employee and labor union member Mr. Shin attempted self-immolation in the engine factory of Hyundai in Ulsan, South Korea. Currently he is in critical condition, but this major incident, initiated a huge debate… Continue Reading »


10th International Conference of NHRIs on “Business and Human Rights”: Edinburgh Declaration adopted

Soo Yon Suh October 13, 2010

10 October 2010 Human rights institutions from around the world have called for action on corporate abuse of human rights to be stepped up. Representatives from around 80 countries attending the 10th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions in Edinburgh made the call in the “Edinburgh Declaration” to mark the end of the conference…. Continue Reading »

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