SEOUL, March 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s human rights watchdog said Wednesday it has confirmed that the former head of a professional baseball club here violated players’ human rights by keeping tabs on their private activities last year.
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRC) said Choi Ha-jin, former president of the Lotte Giants, illegally reviewed closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of hotels where the team stayed on road trips to watch players from April to June 2014.
Choi resigned from his post late last year. He acknowledged that he had asked the team officials to secure CCTV footage, but claimed he had first asked them to let his players know before they were monitored.
The NHRC has carried out its own probe since the end of last year and found that the players were actually not informed of the planned monitoring in advance.
The organization said it has decided to submit a list of recommendations to the Korea Baseball Organization to prevent similar violations in the future.
“We hope this incident serves as an opportunity to create a detailed guideline for creating a more humane sports environment,” an NHRC official said.