South Korea

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 ]

South Korea: Respect Freedom of Expression in the Context of Elections
29 June 2016 8:00 am

[English Version] (Bangkok, 29 June 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the recent police operation to seize and search both offices and staff members of the Citizen’s Network for General Election of 2016 (Change 2016). Change 2016 consists of more than 1000 NGOs in South Korea, including People’s [ Read more ]

HRC31 – PSPD Oral Statement during the ID with SR on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights
16 March 2016 11:10 am

  Item 3: Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, including the Right to Development  – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Gayoon Baek on Behalf of People’s Solidarity [ Read more ]

South Korea: Immediately Release Trade Union Leader Sang-gyun Han and Drop all Charges
21 December 2015 6:33 pm

­(Seoul/Bangkok, 21 December 2015) – South Korean authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against trade union leader Sang-gyun Han, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) today. Sang-gyun Han was arrested for participating in various demonstrations recently, where protesters raised various human rights issues including: labour and farmers’ rights; the [ Read more ]

South Korea: Illegal Use of Water Cannons and Bus Barricade and Reprisals against Participants and Organisers Must Stop
9 December 2015 6:44 pm

End of Mission Statement on the International Human Rights Monitoring to the Republic of Korea: Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (Seoul, 9 December 2015) – An international human rights monitoring team led by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted an investigation and monitoring mission from 4-9 December 2015.  The mission looked into [ Read more ]

South Korea: Stop Using Excessive Force to Crackdown Demonstration
25 November 2015 10:49 am

(Bangkok, 25 November 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group, strongly condemns the violent police crackdown on protestors in Seoul, South Korea on 14 November 2015. Despite the repeated concerns raised by FORUM-ASIA on violations of freedom of assembly and the crackdown on peaceful protests [1], [ Read more ]

South Korea: Open Letter Requesting the Central District Court to Grant Bail to Mr. Lae-goon Park
17 September 2015 1:53 pm

Your Excellencies, We, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with our 47 member organisations from 16 countries across Asia, are writing you related to the continued detention of Mr. Lae-goon Park. His case will be heard on 14 October 2015 by you, the Seoul Central District Court following the issuing of [ Read more ]