South Korean Human Rights Monitor

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Weekly Digest: February 25 – March 2

Madeleine O'Neill March 3, 2016

This week, the discussion surrounding national security concerns and privacy issues continued as the counter-terrorism bill was approved following a record-breaking filibuster. Several demonstrations were held peacefully as well. Korean English Language Media Coverage February 25 The Korea Times Gov’t to abolish discrimination against mentally ill February 25 The Chosun Ilbo 1 in 5 elderly Koreans live in… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: February 18 – February 24

Madeleine O'Neill February 25, 2016

This week, counter-terrorist efforts dominated the news as a controversial bill giving the nation’s spy agency and police more power was filibustered. In addition, the rights of individual members within unions were tested, and children’s health and safety continued to elicit concern and potential solutions. Korean English Language Media Coverage February 19 Yonhap News Agency S. Korea… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: February 4 – February 17

Madeleine O'Neill February 18, 2016

Over the past two weeks, much of the country’s attention was directed towards North Korea, but concerns about youth and children’s welfare continued, among other issues. Korean English Language Media Coverage February 4 The Korea Herald Anti-Corruption Civil Rights Commission expands online petition service February 4 The Korea Herald Seongnam at forefront of expanding welfare February 4 The… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: January 14 – January 20

Madeleine O'Neill January 21, 2016

This week, the story of a child abuse case reignited discussions over children’s welfare. Ongoing issues continued to develop, including further discussion of the “comfort women” deal and the withdrawal of the labor union from the reform agreement reached in September. Korean English Language Media Coverage January 14 Yonhap News Agency Court rejects Korean A-bomb victims’… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: January 7 – January 13

Madeleine O'Neill January 14, 2016

This week, various issues related to the ‘comfort women’ continued to dominate headlines. In addition, several long-standing disputes were at least partially resolved, such as Samsung’s responsibility for employees with leukemia and a “death with dignity” bill. Korean English Language Media Coverage January 7 The Korea Times Posting information online about making weapons punishable January 7 The Korea Times Bill… Continue Reading »

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Weekly Digest: December 17 – December 23

Madeleine O'Neill December 24, 2015

This week, the country’s attention was directed towards international relations. Two court cases regarding diplomacy with Japan–a defamation charge and a petition regarding forced labor compensation–reached a decision. Further controversy erupted over the US military’s use of anthrax in Korea. In addition, refugees from Myanmar arrived as part of a new pilot program. Korean English… Continue Reading »

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