• Jun 1, 2015
  • May 28, 2015
    The South Korean government should immediately stop using its outdated National Security Law to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should release those imprisoned under the law, drop charges against others accused under the law, and launch an inclusive process to review the law with the aim of revoking or revising provisions that violate international human rights standards.

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South Korea

  • Jun 11, 2015

    We write to express concern about the recent decision by the Seoul Police to deny permission for a gay pride parade. South Korea’s refusal to register the Seoul Pride Parade, scheduled for June 28, 2015, violates the country’s international legal obligations and should be immediately reversed.

  • Jun 1, 2015
  • May 28, 2015
    The South Korean government should immediately stop using its outdated National Security Law to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should release those imprisoned under the law, drop charges against others accused under the law, and launch an inclusive process to review the law with the aim of revoking or revising provisions that violate international human rights standards.
  • May 3, 2015

    South Korea should immediately halt the roll-out of its new sex education policy, released early this year, and revise materials that fail to include homosexuality or sexual minorities, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the government today. 

  • Apr 22, 2015
  • Dec 14, 2014
    The South Korean Government should immediately stop using criminal defamation laws to silence the media.
  • Jun 29, 2013
    A year ago, South Korea announced at the 19th International AIDS Conference that it had eliminated immigration regulations that discriminated against people living with HIV and prevented them from entering, living, and working in the country. But that announcement, celebrated at the meeting of more than 20,000 scientists, presidents, business leaders and grass-roots activists from around the globe, hardly tells the full story.
  • May 30, 2013
    North Korea should immediately reveal the whereabouts and well-being of nine North Korean refugees who were forced back to Pyongyang from Beijing on May 28 according to media reports, Human Rights Watch said today, emphasizing that the government must ensure that they are not punished for having fled the country.
  • Apr 12, 2013
    As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making waves.
  • Dec 12, 2011

    On the eve of the 63rd anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are writing to express to you our deep concern for the ongoing human rights abuses suffered by the people of North Korea, and the lack of action by the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly to address these conditions.