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News Brief – February 7, 2011

News Brief                                                                                                                                     February 7, 2011
146 Teenage Suicides in 2010

2010 marks the eighth year that the number of suicides passed 100. Though the number has gone down from 2009’s record high, 202, authorities are concerned over the unacceptably large amount of suicides in a nation with one of the steepest negative growth rates in the world. The Ministry of Education plans give psychological assessments in order to counter suicides associated with depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Strengthening Regulations on International Marriage Brokers

In order to prevent unstable international marriages, the authorities will no longer grant F-2 visas residence visas to those whose marriages have been brokered by an unregistered marriage broker. About 1,800 marriage brokers were operating in Korea since last year and new measures are being taken to prevent potentially disastrous international marriages.

U.S. Envoy for North Korean Human Rights to Visit Seoul

The U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, Robert King, is to arrive in Seoul Sunday for discussions on how to deal with the situation in North Korea. King is scheduled to meet South Korean government officials, North Korean defectors, and NGO’s to collect data on North Korea’s human rights abuses and discuss strategies to address the problem. King led the U.S. legislation of the North Korean Human Rights Act in 2004 and this will be King’s second visit to South Korea since he took office in 2009.

Female Candidate Nominated for Constitutional Court

Lee Jung-mi, a senior judge at the Daejeon High Court, has been nominated to serve in the Constitutional Court, She will succeed Constitutional Court Justice Lee Kong-hyun, who retired from his six-year term, March 31. The nomination was made by Supreme Court Chief Justice Lee Yong-hoon. If Lee Jung-mi passes the confirmation hearing, the incoming Justice will become the second female judge to sit on the nine-member panel, after Justice Jeon Hyo-sook whose term ended in 2006.

31 North Korean Arrive in South Korea

31 North Koreans crossed the Yellow Sea by boat, arriving on a South Korean frontline island. The 11 men and 20 women arrived on Yeonpyeong Island in a fishing boat and are considered to be possible defectors. The boat was then towed to the western port city of Incheon where those aboard are being questioned by South Korean authorities on how they crossed the tense Yellow Sea.



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