South Korean Human Rights Monitor

Category Archives: Racial Discrimination


“White Only” Trend When Hiring English Instructors Still Prevalent

Daniel Corks January 7, 2014

As anyone with experience working as a foreign English instructor in Korea knows, nationality-, age-, gender- and racially-based discrimination in hiring practices of hagwons (private after-school tutoring centres) or even public schools is not hard to find. The surprising characteristic is that it is often very open, to the point where job postings on message… Continue Reading »


NHRCK Recommendations Against Discrimination In TV Broadcast

Ekaterina Mozhaeva November 29, 2013

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) has reported that a considerable number of television programs whose content is related to immigrants use worrisome expressions that promote discrimination and has decided to recommend preventative measures to broadcasting companies. Based on the results of a “human rights guideline monitoring mission,” the Human Rights Commission passed… Continue Reading »


Baseball Player Kim Tae Kyun Apologizes for his Discriminatory Remarks

Yoonyoung Choi July 2, 2013

                      On June 10, in an online baseball radio program “Radio Ball,” the host of the show said he had asked Kim Tae Kyun currently playing for Hanwha Eagles which player of the opponent team he had found the toughest. Kim answered Shane Youman, a… Continue Reading »


Woman Taking Her Son to Vietnam is not Kidnapping under Criminal Law

Ji Hyun Park July 2, 2013

On June 20, the Supreme Court has decided that a Vietnamese mother, age 26, who took her son to Vietnam without her husband’s consent cannot be accused of parental kidnapping. Ministry of Justice explained that “the law provides kidnapping as taking away of a person against that person’s will, to hold the person in false confinement without… Continue Reading »


Anti-foreigner Groups on the Rise:“Get Rid of Multicultural Policies Now”

Ji-Su Park August 7, 2012

On Thursday, August 2nd, ten members of a South Korean xenophobic groups called the “Organization of Solidarity of the Eradication of Foreigners’ Crimes” and the “Organization of Solidarity of the Citizens against Foreign Workers” gathered in front of the Immigration Office in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul. Members held signs displaying, “Abolish multicultural policies now.” The members openly… Continue Reading »


Discrimination Against Multicultural Families, Bi-Ethnic Children and Foreign Immigrant Workers

May Cho July 19, 2012

With a Bangladeshi mother and a Korean father, ten year old Kim does not have many friends here in Korea. At school, he hangs out with another kid whose mother is Vietnamese and father is Korean.  But these days, Kim says he doesn’t want to go to school either. It’s because he realizes that people… Continue Reading »

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