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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 »


[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 »


Three Major Broadcasting Companies on Strike

Sodam Kim February 20, 2012

Three major broadcasting companies in Korea-Moonhwa Broadcasting Corporate (MBC), Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Yonhap Television News (YTN)- are now on strike. The three launched a united front against the government threatening the impartiality and independence of the broadcast. The independence of the public broadcasting system was constantly caught in controversy, for the power to appoint… Continue Reading »


It’s better to be quiet – Minerva: Law against spreading false information ruled unconstitutional

Minhee Park January 28, 2011

On 28th December 2010, the Constitutional Court ruled an article of the Telecommunications Law which criminalized those who distribute misleading content online as unconstitutional. The epoch-making ruling is expected to help Dae Sung Park, more commonly known as online economic expert Minerva. According to the Telecommunications Law, Article 47, Clause 1, people who spread false… Continue Reading »

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