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Even with International Appraisal: a Un-Fazed NCHRK

Elizabeth Na May 22, 2014

The following article is based on: Park Soyoung; 2014/05/13; “국제기구 등급 보류 판정 받고도… 안이한 인권위“; Korea Times. In a recent meeting to address the reevaluation verdict made by the ICC to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea that it might be demoted from the ‘A’ class of human rights organizations, the Commission had not seriously acknowledged issues that were… Continue Reading »


Banner Advocating Sexual Minority’s Prohibited

Eunju Jeong March 7, 2013

Last November 2012, the Mapo Rainbow Resident’s Solidarity(MRRS) applied for a permit at the Mapo-gu District Office in Seoul to hang a banner to advocate sexual minority’s rights in the community. MRRS found in 2011, is a voluntary gathering that advocates LGBT’s rights and an alternative life style. The purpose of the banner was to… Continue Reading »


Migrant Workers’ Plight in Working in Korea

Eunjung Cha December 12, 2012

Labor relations committee of Lawyers for a Democratic Society (or known in Korea as Minbyun), Labor Consultant Meeting for the Realization of Labor Rights, and Migrant Workers’ Union submitted a petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK). According to these three human rights labor organizations, a policy on the  migrant workers has… Continue Reading »


Strict Dress Code of Female Employees

Eunjung Cha November 19, 2012

No glasses, wearing skirts only, regulating hairstyles, earring size and skirt length-these are dress codes of female flight attendants implemented by Asiana airline, which is South Korea’s domestic and international airline. Recently, this topic was posed as a controversial issue which is up for debate. That is, Asiana Airlines branch of Korean Transport Workers’ Union… 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 »



Soo Yon Suh July 19, 2012

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT AI index: ASA 25/003/2012 13 July 2012 Reappointment process of National Human Rights Commission not transparent Amnesty International is concerned that the independence and the credibility of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) is under threat, with the proposed reappointment of its Chairperson. The Presidential Office of South Korea… Continue Reading »


Asian Human Rights Commission: NHRCK should take a stand for universally declared human rights rather than for government policy

Soo Yon Suh July 10, 2012

A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission SOUTH KOREA: NHRCK should take a stand for universally declared human rights rather than for government policy The Presidential Office announced that the current chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) will be reappointed for three-year tenure. According to the office, the main reason… Continue Reading »


Protests at ASEM International Human Rights Seminar

Eugene Shin June 29, 2012

On 27th June, human rights activists gathered outside the ASEM International Human Rights seminar, protesting against the reappointment of Byung-chul Hyun, the chief commisioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK). This seminar, on the topic of ‘Human Rights and Information Technology”, was attended by members of Human Rights Commissions from other countries,… Continue Reading »

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