South Korean Human Rights Monitor



Sexual Minority Youths Ignored at School

Yoo-Rim Lee July 23, 2013

John Doe (assumed name) graduated from a middle school in Dongjak-gu, Seoul. Unlike other teenager boys at  his age who played out on the field, he preferred to do cross-stitch and read books at the library. An English teacher in their fifties called him “Sissy” referring to him as “a boy who acts like a… Continue Reading »


The Truth Behind Students’ Suicide

Eunjung Cha September 10, 2012

For several years South Korea has had  the highest suicide rates among OECD member states. However, committing suicide among young adults, especially middle and high school students, has become one of the most serious social problems. Within the last nine months a total of nine students committed suicide in Daegu due to several reasons: oppression,… Continue Reading »


The Ugly Truth Behind K-Pop Idols

Eugene Shin August 7, 2012

Recently, Korean idol group T-ara was in the scandal spotlight for allegedly bullying its own member Hwa-young. Employees in the entertainment industry, however, say bullying and conflict within idol groups is not unique to T-ara. Many point to entertainment agencies’ attitudes towards the ‘product development system’ as the reason why idols are constantly pressured to… Continue Reading »


School Kids: “I have violated another student’s human rights”

Eugene Shin January 13, 2012

Around half of all primary, middle, and senior students believe that they have infringed human rights of another student. A recent survey shows that students tend to believe that human rights problems in the classroom occur in inter-generational conflict, such as student-teacher relations, and are less sensitive to intra-generational conflict such as bullying. This is… Continue Reading »


School Violence and Ostracism in Korea: Haunted Students, Parents, and Teachers

Eugene Shin January 2, 2012

On the 20th of this month, a student committed suicide after serious harassment by his classmates.  The bullying described in his testament was shocking; the attacker battered him, threatened to torture the victim with water, leashed him with a wire and forced him to eat snacks fallen on the floor, and extorted an expensive jumper…. Continue Reading »

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