South Korean Human Rights Monitor

school violence


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 »


School Violence Prevention Survey Violates Human Rights

JiEun Lee July 6, 2012

School violence prevention survey introduced by Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education has been critizised as a “portrayal of violence”. Many have expressed dissatisfaction over the content of the survey, citing that it has no relevance to the intended topic of school violence prevention. Most notably, the content of the survey included personal and sensitive matters such as asking… Continue Reading »


Punishment for School VIolence: Disabled Student Only One to Receive Punishment

Inhoe Jeong April 6, 2012

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) stated that it is discrimination against a disabled student to exclude him from class , the only the hearing-impaired student,  as punishment for school violence without following the given regulation and process. The mother of the hearing-impaired student submitted a petition to NHRCK on November 2010, accusing the… 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 »


Weekly News Brief June 29~July 4, 2011

Soo Yon Suh July 4, 2011

Public Baths restrict the entrance of senior citizens without proper chaperone Ae Rim Koo ( Majority of public bath facilities are allowing persons the age of 65 and older to enter only when they are accompanied by guardians. This has been introduced as there is an increasing concern for accidents in the public baths. According… Continue Reading »

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