South Korean Human Rights Monitor

Category Archives: Privacy


Arrests without a Warrant Valid only under Emergency Situations

Sean Madsen November 20, 2015

On the 27th the National Human Rights Commission of Korea announced that their ruling that arresting someone without a warrant under a non-emergency condition is a violation of one’s personal liberty guaranteed by the constitution and recommended that the involved police officers receive a warning and job training on protocol for arrests without a warrant. According to the… Continue Reading »


Fingerprint Collection for Monitoring Student Attendance

Elizabeth Na June 27, 2014

The following article is based on: Kim JiWon; June 11 2014; ““출결관리 쉽도록” 고교생 지문 수집 논란“; Kyunghyang Shinmun. A high school in Seoul has introduced a fingerprint reading system to more easily manage the attendance of students. The agreement form for this new system was only gave students’ families 12 days to complete the form and return it, and it did not… Continue Reading »


Disaster Media Coverage and Greater Individual Publicity Rights

Elizabeth Na May 16, 2014

The press’s response to the Sewol Sinking was to release innumerable amounts of media content of the people involved. In the breaking news coverage of the rescue, close-ups of the victims’ family members were focused on most of all. It was only many days after the accident that family members’ faces were blurred out by on-site reporters, and it… Continue Reading »


Human Rights Abuse Cases Declining, Discrimination Increasing

Ekaterina Mozhaeva January 25, 2014

Last year the number of petitions received by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea exceeded 10,000 for the first time since its establishment in 2001, major Korean news outlets reported. On January 13th, the Human rights commission announced that it received over 10,047 petitions in 2013, with human rights violations and discrimination cases making up the majority… Continue Reading »


Birth and Marriage Registration Forms Invade Personal Privacy

Sooyoung Oh January 15, 2014

Birth and Marriage Registration Forms Invade Personal Privacy Recently there have been complaints about the overly specific registration forms for birth and marriage as they violate personal privacy. When registering one’s new born into the national census, not only are basic details required but also unnecessary information that is rather invasive to personal life and… Continue Reading »

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