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News Brief- February 8-11, 2011

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February 8, 2011

South Korean Government Denies NGO’s Trip to North Korea

A Unification Ministry official confirmed that the South Korean government decided not to grant a trip requested by the Korea NGO Council for Cooperation with North Korea, a major relief group that had asked for permission to travel to North Korea. The NGO has over 50 members in South Korean of aid groups to the North.

V-Day Seoul to Support Women’s Charities

V-Day Seoul will hold events from February 19 until April 17 to support charities that help women who face violence and discrimination. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Korean Unwed Mothers & Families Association (KUMFA), more commonly known as Miss Mamma Mia, works to erase the stigma attached to unwed mothers in Korea. V-Day Seoul started in 2007 and has supported the Korea Women’s Hotline, Dasi Hamkee Center, and The Marriage Migrants Network of the Seoul Immigration Office.

February 9, 2011

South Korean Protests Becoming Increasingly Peaceful

Police data revealed illegal violent protests have significantly declined over the past couple of decades, especially since the 2008 inauguration of South Korean President Lee’s administration. According to the National Police Agency, an average of 12,200 demonstrations had taken place in each of the past three years. Of them, 56 cases (0.46%) were illegal violent protests ― a drastic decrease from the previous 27.9% of protests which were violent and illegal.

Children Remain Unprotected from Domestic Violence

A three year old boy was allegedly beaten to death by his father and abandoned at a nearby construction site in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. The police discovered that the neighbors and even kindergarten teachers had long been aware of the domestic abuse though nobody had taken any action, underscoring the lack of child welfare protection. Civic groups have called to institute tougher rules and a better system against growing domestic violence. A stricter Child Welfare Law was enacted in 2004 to prevent child abuse, but the number of cases has not decreased.

NHRCK Further Disappoints Citizens

Civic groups have expressed concern over the actions of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), which has been criticized for failing to fulfill its founding duties since the arrival of Chairperson Hyun Byung-chul. Civic groups insist that Hyun and the other non-experts in human rights have abetted the regression of human rights since taking over the commission while turning a blind eye to pressing human rights issues and that they now are driving out human rights lower-level experts

February 10, 2011

Child Rape Victim Receives Compensation

A child rape victim and her mother were awarded 13 million won (US$11,700) in compensation by a court on Thursday that ruled prosecutors violated the interview policy of sexual assault victims by forcing the girl, who was 8 years old at the time, to testify in court despite her serious condition. The victim was brutally beaten and raped by a 57 year old man in a public restroom in Ansan, south of Seoul, while on her way to school in December 2008.

NHRCK Catalogs North Korean Human Rights Violations

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) announced during its standing committee meeting on Thursday that it will open the North Korean Human Rights Violations Reporting Center as well as the Hall of North Korean Human Rights Violation Records in order to handle complaints of human rights violations by North Korea and to keep records of such violations.

February 11, 2011

Officials Discuss Child Abduction Conventions

A senior U.S. diplomat met with South Korean officials to discuss Seoul’s planned accession to an international convention on the custody of children from international marriages. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction aims to prevent parents in custody battles from abducting their children and taking them to another nation in search of a more favorable arrangement. It also lays out a procedure for promptly returning children to their original country of residence.


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