South Korean Human Rights Monitor

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Election Corruption Whitsleblower is Appointed Head of an Infractions Reporting Center

Elizabeth Na April 25, 2014

“I want to make a society where there is no need for internal whistleblowing.” This is what Lee JiMoon stated in an interview, who was responsible for the exposure of the controversy in a 1992 election where misuse of the absentee votes from drafted soldiers occurred, along with other whistleblowers monitoring the government, founded the Korea Public Reporting Center recently which… Continue Reading »


Suicide of Gay Soldier Brings to Surface Military’s Indifference to Sexual Minorities

Soo Yon Suh January 18, 2013

On the 16th, it was reported that a gay soldier in the Korean military committed suicide. It was revealed that Soldier Lee (alias) was struggling with his sexual identity and reached out multiple times to the Ministry of Defense and to his superiors but no appropriate assistance was provided. Males in South Korea must complete a 21~24… Continue Reading »


Human Rights Violation of People With Disabilities and NHRCK’s Roles

Eunjung Cha October 1, 2012

Last year, President Lee Myung-bak reappointed Byungchul Hyun as the high commissioner of National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) even though there were a lot of objections from human rights organizations at that time. In fact, during his three-year term in office at NHRCK, he has been making thoughtless comments without considering and what… Continue Reading »


CIVICUS-PSPD UN Universal Periodical Review Submission for South Korea

Soo Yon Suh April 26, 2012

Republic of Korea Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 14th Session of the UPR Working Group Submitted 23 April 2012 Joint Submission by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD). NGOs in General Consultative Status and Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC 1. CIVICUS: Alliance for Citizen Participation Web:… Continue Reading »


[Statement] SOUTH KOREA: Korean style of ‘Watergate Scandal’?

Soo Yon Suh April 10, 2012

SOUTH KOREA: Korean style of ‘Watergate Scandal’?  From the Asian Human Rights Commission March 30, 2012 After the case of Mr. Kim Jong-Ik, a victim of illegal surveillance by the Prime Minister’s Office and exposure by a former official of the Office (for details: AHRC-STM-066-2012), more illegal surveillance material conducted by the Office has been reported… Continue Reading »


Installing CCTV in classroom infringes students’ basic rights

Inhoe Jeong March 19, 2012

There has been NHRCK(National Human Rights Commission of Korea) judgment that installing CCTVs in classrooms can infringe student’s basic human rights, even when its purpose is to prevent school violence. Education office of Seoul asked NHRCK whether installing CCTV in classroom can be a problem regarding human rights and on 14th NHRCK answered “irrelevant to… Continue Reading »

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