South Korean Human Rights Monitor



Suicides at SNU

Mark Kim July 2, 2013

Going to elite university and being part of that great tradition of academic achievement is an aspiration of many students here in Korea. Ask kids what their dream college is and they are likely to respond with SKY(Seoul National University, Korea University, Yonsei University). Those few that do succeed, and get taste the rewards of… Continue Reading »


Intern Commits Suicide due to Pressure

Hong Ju You June 17, 2013

  An intern at a financial institution in Korea committed suicide. The 29-year-old man became an intern at a medium-sized brokerage firm last year after graduating from a private university in Seoul with a degree in business. When he first got the position, he believed his goal of becoming a full-time employee in the brokerage… Continue Reading »


Ex Hyundai-Kia Motors Employee Self Immolate

Hong Ju You May 5, 2013

Within three days, two temporary workers who previously worked at the Hyundai-Kia Motors manufacturing facilities attempted suicide. One was successful, the other was not. On April 14th, a former temporary worker at the Hyundai Motors manufacturing facility killed himself. On the 16th, another temporary worker put himself on fire. Non-governmental organizations (NGO), human rights organizations,… Continue Reading »

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