South Korea

‘Business and human rights is emerging as an important issue’ – Interview with Hyun-Phil Na, Director of the Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS)
5 December 2017 11:38 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Hyun-Phil Na, Director of the Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS). KHIS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Seoul, South Korea, whose mission is to advocate for human rights issues and democracy, mainly focused on the Asia Pacific region. KHIS has long been a member of FORUM-ASIA. [ Read more ]

From Our Members People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), South Korea – Appeal for a Diplomatic Solution in North East Asia
26 September 2017 4:04 pm

Appeal for a diplomatic solution in North East Asia The Abolition 2000 members and affiliated networks listed below, representing peace and disarmament organisations from around the world, call on the United States and North Korea to step back from the brink of war in North East Asia, and instead adopt a diplomatic approach to prevent [ Read more ]

From our Member KHIS, South Korea – The Blind. An Untold Story behind Samsung and LG Cell Phones
5 June 2017 6:13 pm

FORUM-ASIA member Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS), in conjunction with Solidarity for Worker’s Health (SWH) and Korean Lawyers for Public Interest and Human Rights (KLPH), released their latest joint report on the methanol poisoning cases in supply chains for Samsung and LG in South Korea. It covers the circumstances of cases, key issues and conclusions, [ Read more ]

HRC35 Side Event: Strengthening Corporate Accountability in Supply Chains
4:42 pm

Date: Friday, 9 June 2017 Time: 15:30 – 17:00 Venue: Room VIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), KTNC Watch, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and Good Electronics are organising a side event based on the presentation by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights of their country visit [ Read more ]

South Korea – President Moon Jae-in, pardon Han Sang-gyun
2 June 2017 2:54 pm

(Bangkok, 2 June 2017) – It has been just under a month since Moon Jae-in, a former human rights lawyer, was elected to become the new President of South Korea. Taking over from disgraced Park Geun-hye, he has already made several commitments to human rights. One of them is his expressed intention, earlier this week, [ Read more ]

From our Member PSPD, South Korea – Now Is the Time for Dialogue on Denuclearisation and Not Military Action That Will Escalate the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula
16 May 2017 4:17 pm

Joint Statement of 102 Peace Activists 16 May 2017 We, undersigned peace-loving people around the world, are deeply concerned about the current escalating tension in Northeast Asia and urge Governments to have peaceful dialogues among each other rather than taking military actions. The state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula is more volatile than ever, [ Read more ]

South Korea: President Moon Jae-in should prioritise investigation into death of Baek Nam-gi
10 May 2017 6:41 pm

(Bangkok, 10 May 2017) – As South Korea elected a new President yesterday, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the new incoming President, Mr. Moon Jae-in, to conduct a thorough, impartial, and independent investigation into the death of Baek Nam-gi. A failure to do so would be a further discredit [ Read more ]

South Korea: Respect the Will of Nam-gi Baek’s Family, Put an End to Impunity for the Use of Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters
2 October 2016 11:07 am

(Bangkok, 3 October 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply saddened by the death of Nam-gi Baek, a 70-year old activist farmer. Baek had been unconscious after being hit by a police water cannon during a peaceful protest in Seoul on 14 November 2015. FORUM-ASIA strongly condemns the failure [ Read more ]

HRC33 Oral Statement on National Human Rights Institutions in Asia
26 September 2016 11:14 am

33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: Follow up to and implementation of Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 26 September 2016   Mr. President, we note the two [ Read more ]

South Korea: Unjust convictions given to Trade Union Leader Sang-gyun Han
11 July 2016 1:06 pm

(Seoul/Bangkok, 11 July 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with 58 members across Asia, strongly denounces the Seoul Central District Court’s decision sentencing Sang-gyun Han to five years in prison and a 500,000 Korean Won (KRW) fine – equivalent to 434 US Dollars – for [ Read more ]