South Korea

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 ]

South Korea: Authorities Must Cease Restrictions and Reprisals against Miryang Protestors
10 October 2013 2:44 pm

(Bangkok, 10 October 2013) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group representing 47 member organizations in 16 countries across Asia, including South Korea, strongly condemns the arrests and crackdowns against villagers and human rights defenders protesting the construction of power transmission towers in Miryang, the Republic of [ Read more ]

22nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on the Republic of Korea
19 March 2013 5:11 pm

Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel on Behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA makes this statement in association with its member organization, People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD)[1]. We appreciate the government’s timely response on their position on [ Read more ]

South Korea: Civil society’s concerns over re-appointment of Hyun Byung-Chul as NHRCK Chair
13 July 2012 4:47 pm

Process must include broad and inclusive consultations, including with civil society The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) expresses its concerns over the announcement of the Presidential Office on the re-appointment of the current National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) Chair, Hyun Byung-Chul, for another term. The re-appointment is set to [ Read more ]

South Korea: Open letter to President on construction of naval base and arrests of demonstrators in Jeju Island
21 March 2012 6:06 pm

We, the undersigned regional and international human rights groups, are writing to you to express our grave concerns over the ongoing human rights violations against environmental activists, peace activists and residents affected by the highly controversial construction of a naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju Island, the Republic of Korea. Despite calls from the opposition [ Read more ]

Asian NI Watch Issue No. 3
22 May 2011 11:18 pm

Asian NI Watch Issue Number 3