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First South Korean elected to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

By: Soo Yon Suh

On the 1st of September, the United Nations in New York announced the new elected members to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. South Korean International Studies Professor at Korea University, Kim Hyung-Sik, was one of the 12 elected to the committee from a pool of 23 candidates. The ministry stated that Kim is the first South Korean to earn a seat at the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The committee is an 18 member group consisting of experts in the protection of persons with disabilities. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities works to monitor the implementation of the Convention.

South Korea signed onto the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability in December 2008.

Professor Kim is currently the Director of the Disability Research Center, Korean Society for the Rehabilitation of Person with Disabilities. As well as worked previously as the Korea Representative to the UN to negotiate the drafting of the CRPD.

To name a few notable Koreans in the United Nations:

Yanghee Lee, Committee on the Rights of Child

Heisoo Shin, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Mr. Hyung-Sik Kim Photo Courtesy of Donga.com

http://www.ccdailynews.com/section/?knum=170315

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=104&oid=001&aid=0004635244

http://news.mk.co.kr/v3/view.php?year=2010&no=474793

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v5/newsworld.php?id=525711

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