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Rights Watchdog Opposes Indiscriminate Use of Face Recognition Technology

Rights Watchdog Opposes Indiscriminate Use of Face Recognition Technology

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — The state human rights watchdog said Wednesday that the recent move to introduce facial recognition technology into public institutions is feared to infringe upon freedom and privacy of personal life and freedom of expression. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) asked the speaker of the National Assembly [...]

Human Rights Watchdog Voices Opinion Against Abolishing Gender Ministry

Human Rights Watchdog Voices Opinion Against Abolishing Gender Ministry

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Human Rights Commission decided Friday to issue an official position recommending that it is better to restructure the gender ministry into an independent agency dealing exclusively with gender issues, rather than abolishing it. The commission decided at a board meeting to deliver the position to the National [...]

Refusing Surgery to HIV-positive Patient Discriminatory: Rights Watchdog

Refusing Surgery to HIV-positive Patient Discriminatory: Rights Watchdog

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Refusing surgery to a patient infected with HIV, the virus that carries AIDS, amounts to discrimination that violates the patient’s right to equality, the state human rights watchdog said Monday. The National Human Rights Commission made the decision in response to a petition filed by a HIV-positive person against [...]

State Rights Watchdog to Oppose Proposal of Lowering Age of Criminal Responsibility

State Rights Watchdog to Oppose Proposal of Lowering Age of Criminal Responsibility

SEOUL, July 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The state human rights watchdog is expected to announce its opposition next month to the government’s proposal to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility below 14, officials said Sunday. Currently, children aged between 10 and 14 cannot be held criminally responsible for their actions and are instead sent [...]

Rights Watchdog Installs 1st Military Human Rights Protection Officer

Rights Watchdog Installs 1st Military Human Rights Protection Officer

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Human Rights Commission on Friday installed its first new vice minister-level officer in charge of human rights issues in the military. Park Chan-woon, who is a member of the state human rights watchdog, has been named by the president as the first officer to look into possible [...]

Rights Watchdog Calls for Better Protection of Multiple-time Asylum Applicants

Rights Watchdog Calls for Better Protection of Multiple-time Asylum Applicants

SEOUL, June 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Human Rights Commission called for giving multiple-time asylum applicants the same privileges as those enjoyed by first-time applicants as it marked World Refugee Day on Monday. The commission pointed out that withholding work permits and other livelihood support for multiple-time asylum seekers constitutes “not only a breach [...]

Rights Watchdog Urges Swift Resolution of Prison Overcrowding

Rights Watchdog Urges Swift Resolution of Prison Overcrowding

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday urged the justice ministry to take swift measures to relieve overcrowding in prison cells. The recommendation follows a petition by an inmate of an unidentified detention center, who complained his time at an overcrowded prison cell infringed upon his human rights. The [...]

Rights Watchdog Recommends Legislation Recognizing Same-sex, Non-traditional Civil Unions

Rights Watchdog Recommends Legislation Recognizing Same-sex, Non-traditional Civil Unions

SEOUL, April 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday recommended enacting legislation recognizing same-sex civil unions and other non-traditional family formats to help ensure the basic rights of sexual minorities. The recommendation followed a petition previously filed by 1,056 Korean nationals in homosexual relationships at home and abroad, claiming they are [...]

Education Ministry Refuses to Amend Discriminatory Qualification Required of Foreign Teachers

Education Ministry Refuses to Amend Discriminatory Qualification Required of Foreign Teachers

SEOUL, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The education ministry did not accept a recommendation from the National Human Rights Commission that it address a potentially discriminatory regulation requiring higher qualifications for foreign teachers at private learning institutions, officials said Tuesday. The human rights watchdog has recommended the ministry amend the Private Teaching Institution Act’s enforcement [...]

Rights Watchdog Calls On Gov’t to Include Sexual Minorities in Statistical Surveys

Rights Watchdog Calls On Gov’t to Include Sexual Minorities in Statistical Surveys

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The state human rights watchdog is calling on the cabinet to add categories about sexual minorities to government statistics and surveys that form the basis of making public policy. The the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) recently passed a policy recommendation to prevent hatred and discrimination against [...]