South Korea

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: Release Human Rights Defenders Seeking Truth for Sewol Ferry Disaster
21 July 2015 3:57 pm

(Bangkok, 21 July 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with 47 members across Asia, condemns the recent arrest and detention of human rights defenders who have engaged in demonstrations calling for an independent and impartial investigation into the Sewol Ferry disaster. The regional group strongly [ Read more ]

Oral Statement – HRC29: Follow up and Implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action
30 June 2015 11:46 am

29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: Follow up and Implementation of the VDPA Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 29 June 2015 Mr. President, the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA) makes several references to [ Read more ]

South Korea: Violent Crackdown against Sewol Ferry Protesters Indicates Backsliding in Democracy
26 April 2015 10:59 am

(Bangkok, 26 April 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with members across Asia including South Korea, strongly condemned the recent police crackdown on protesters in Seoul demanding an independent and impartial investigation into the Sewol Ferry disaster which killed 304 people a year ago. FORUM-ASIA [ Read more ]

South Korea: Open Letter to Chairperson of NHRK Regarding ICC-SCA’s Recommendations
27 January 2015 10:27 pm

27 January 2015 Dr. Byung-cheol Hyun Chairperson National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) Gumsegi Bldg., 6, Mugyo-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-842, Korea Tel : +82-2-2125-9700, Fax : +82-2-2125-9718 E-mail : nhrc@humanrights.go.kr, nhrck@humanrights.go.kr Dear Dr. Hyun, Re: Concern over NHRK’s lack of Substantial Efforts in Addressing ICC-SCA’s Recommendations I write to you on behalf of the [ Read more ]

Korea: Condemn Crackdown on Miryang Protestors and Halt Construction Plans
17 June 2014 12:10 pm

17 June 2014 The Honourable Park Geun-hye President of the Republic of Korea Cheong Wa Dae 1 Cheongwadae-ro Jongno-gu Seoul 110-820 Republic of Korea Phone: +82 (0)2 770 2372 Fax: +82 (0)2 770 4732 Email: paransong@president.go.kr Dear Madam President, Re: Condemn Crackdown on Miryang Protestors and Halt Construction Plans The Asian Forum for Human Rights and [ Read more ]