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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region. 
 
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Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “
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235,000 Petitioners Call for South Korean Government to Act

Abortion is illegal in South Korea. But women are demanding change. More than 235,000 people signed a petition, posted on September 30 on the presidential office website, that calls for the government to legalize abortion. And that should include access…
A woman holds a sign at a pro-choice rally at the Cheonggye Plaza in Seoul on August 31, 2010.
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South Koreans With HIV Are 10 Times More Likely to Commit Suicide

The South Korean government considers people living with HIV morally unfit to teach English and medically unfit to receive government scholarships to study at South Korean universities. But the UN and governments around the world have long recognized that…
Participants work on a campaign for World AIDS Day in Seoul, South Korea, December 1, 2011.
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Punitive abortion laws - like in South Korea - violate human rights. In recent weeks, the government has threatened to toughen penalties on medical providers who perform abortions illegally. Women’s groups and experts are fighting to make the government…
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The government of South Korea should act swiftly to uphold the rights of LGBT people

When South Korea’s government denied the Beyond the Rainbow Foundation official incorporation in February 2015, it was a disturbing reminder of the country’s persistent failure to uphold the basic rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)…
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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…
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TOKYO — As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making waves. Known for his aggressive efforts to revive Japan’s economy, his nationalist rhetoric and his openness to military strength, he is also pushing Japan…
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A sense of deja vu emanated from recent South-North border events: another imprisoned American left the North with a former U.S. president, and another South Korean was arrested upon return from the North for violating the National Security Law. South…
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South Korea needs to step up and ask UNESCO why it honors such a man.

Imagine if the United Nations took money from Kim Jong-il and established a human rights award in his honor. No doubt many member states would be up in arms protesting such an outright mockery of the words "human rights." The nominees for the award…
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The start of the New Year brought the news that the United States and South Korea had ended their travel bans against visitors living with HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said the repeals were "a victory for human rights on two sides of…
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Despite the deteriorating relations between North and South Korea since early last year, the Gaeseong Industrial Complex remained largely unchanged. North Korean workers continued to produce consumer goods for South Korean firms that in turn paid workers…
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When the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first identified, many governments around the world followed a similar path: first denying that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that causes AIDS, exists, then blaming foreigners for bringing…
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Letter to President-elect Lee Myung-bak

This is the ninth in a series of articles by Korea experts abroad on suggestions to President-elect Lee Myung-bak. We congratulate you on your election as South Korea's next president. With only a month left until you take office, we are writing to draw…
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Seoul, South Korea -- The second ever inter-Korea summit, between South Korea's President Roh Mu-hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in early October, produced a media frenzy. Journalists reported on every move and statement by the two leaders,…
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South Korea has shirked one of the vital responsibilities that comes with its new status: admitting refugees and asylum seekers

South Koreans had much to be proud of this Liberation Day. They can celebrate the country’s rapid rise from the ashes of the Korean War to what is now a maturing democracy, an industrial power, and the world’s 13th-largest economy. A South Korean, Ban Ki-…