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Gov’t to Better Protect Human Rights of Foreign Entertainment Workers

Gov’t to Better Protect Human Rights of Foreign Entertainment Workers

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday announced new policy measures aimed at improving the human rights of foreigners working in the local hotel and entertainment sectors with the E-6 visa. The new measures to strengthen screening and monitoring for applicants and holders of the E-6 visa, dubbed the “culture [...]

Seoul Education Office to Assess Human Rights Before Initiating Policies

Seoul Education Office to Assess Human Rights Before Initiating Policies

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) became the country’s first agency to introduce a Student Rights Impact Assessment Program that obligates decision-makers to conduct a student rights assessment before carrying out a new policy or project. The program will be first tested on three initiatives currently dealt with [...]

Rights Committee Advises Justice Ministry’s Use of Refugees’ Languages in Documents

Rights Committee Advises Justice Ministry’s Use of Refugees’ Languages in Documents

SEOUL, Sept. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s national human rights agency on Tuesday advised the Justice Ministry to use languages that refugees can understand in documents stating their refugee recognition status amid criticism the current system may infringe on their rights. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) said in a statement that [...]

65 pct of S. Koreans Think N.K. Human Rights Situation Could Improve: Poll

65 pct of S. Koreans Think N.K. Human Rights Situation Could Improve: Poll

SEOUL, Mar. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — A majority of South Koreans consider positively the possibility of improvement in North Korea’s human rights situation, a recent survey showed Thursday. The survey conducted on 1,000 adults late last year showed that 65 percent of the respondents were positive about a possible improvement, according to the Database Center [...]

Yuhan-Kimberly Pushes for Policies that Protect Worker Rights

Yuhan-Kimberly Pushes for Policies that Protect Worker Rights

SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Yuhan-Kimberly Ltd. has decided to allow its employees working at call centers to discontinue services if they are physically or sexually harassed by customers. In addition, a resting lounge will be created to allow call center employees and other emotional laborers use such facilities to deal with the difficulties [...]

Elementary School Textbooks Criticized for Subtle Job Discrimination

Elementary School Textbooks Criticized for Subtle Job Discrimination

SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRC) has criticized the creators of elementary school textbooks for subtle job discrimination. Some of the content contained in the textbooks for lower grade elementary school students includes discriminatory descriptions of certain laborers, including firefighters, according to the NHRC on Monday. The NHRC [...]

9 in 10 South Korean Students Have Had Their Belongings Confiscated at School

9 in 10 South Korean Students Have Had Their Belongings Confiscated at School

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) – A new survey has revealed that nearly nine in ten South Korean middle school and high school students have had their belongings confiscated at least once by school authorities, which a student rights group says is a clear violation of human rights. The shocking findings from a survey conducted by [...]

South Korea Plans to Set up North Korean Human Rights Museum by 2019

South Korea Plans to Set up North Korean Human Rights Museum by 2019

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea plans to set up a museum on North Korea’s human rights by 2019 to raise public awareness about Pyongyang’s serious human rights violations, government officials said Friday.  The envisioned museum is expected to display documents and photos of North Korea’s human rights records and introduce testimonies of [...]