Gov’t to push passage of anti-discrimination bill

From the KT:

South Korea said Tuesday it is actively considering the adoption of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law based on recommendations made by the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC), a move that is expected to improve freedom and welfare of its citizens.

The National Human Rights Policy Council, headed by Justice Minister Kwon Jae-jin, convened a meeting and decided to accept 42 of the 70 recommendations made by the world body’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Council officials said.

Now, you’re probably wondering like me, “which 42 did they accept?”

I can’t find a full list, but the Seoul Sinmun did run a longish piece that mentioned some of them. Among the recommendations the government accepted were:

  • Adoption of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law.
  • A expressed ban on corporal punishment in all environments (Marmot’s Note: I’m absolutely shocked this government said OK to that one)
  • Guaranteeing online freedom of expression for those with opinions that differ from those of the government
  • Executing the part of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that call for government supervision of the adoption process.

If a comprehensive anti-discrimination law is passed, it would ban discrimination based on religion, sex, academic background and nation of birth in all fields if no rational reason for the discrimination exists. Korea tried to pass a law like this in 2007, but it died in the National Assembly.

What recommendations the government DIDN’T accept include:

  • Abolishing the death penalty
  • Abolishing the National Security Law
  • Adopting an alternative service system for conscientious objectors.

Interestingly, the United States was one of five countries that recommended Korea abolish the National Security Law. In rejecting the call to abolish the National Security Law, the government said is was necessary for national survival while the peninsula was divided. Some 17 countries called on Korea to abolish the death penalty, including the United Kingdom and Rwanda, but this was initially rejected, with the caveat that the government would consider it while taking into consideration public opinion and Korea’s legal sensibilities. France and six other countries recommended Korea adopt an alternative service system, but this was rejected due to a lack of public consensus on the issue.

  • Brendon Carr

    CONSCIENTIOUS objectors. Ugh.

  • Lan

    contentiousness lol

  • qiranger

    I love how “Guaranteeing online freedom of expression for those with opinions that differ from those of the government” was accepted, but the NSL is still in place.

  • imememememe

    Even if some of these proposals make sense, I really can’t for the life of me understand why any sovereign nation should adhere to whatever the UN has to say. Fuck’em. You’re a sovereign country. You should move at your own pace!

  • Jang

    If only the U.S. had said “Fuck’em” to the U.N. in 1950 S. Koreans would be working at Kim, Jong-un’s concentration gulags 14&18. They’d be a bit larger than they are today but hey, I can dream can’t I?

  • Sperwer

    The US initiated the UN resolution to intervene in Korea and steered it through, twisting a lot of arms in the process, not vice versa

  • Jang

    That wasn’t the point. But the U.S. was happy the north attacked first(or did it?) so it could “twist a lot of arms” right?

  • Sperwer

    Of course it wasn’t the point, but your wisecrack wasn’t on point, was it. If you think the US was happy about the NORK attack you are smoking something that will destroy what little mental capacity you may have. And yes, the NORKS started the war. Sure, there were a lot of border skirmishes ahead of time, and the South was responsible for initiating its fair share of them; but the US prevented Rhee from making his own march North (unfortunately for the ways things turned out, doing so also entailed not equipping the ROK army with any significant amount of heavy weaponry because if he had had it Rhee would have just ignored Us warnings and gone ahead). It was the North that first undertook a full scale invasion. And, back to the original issue, I hold no brief for the UN; but it’s just wrong to blame it for something it didn’t do.

  • Jang

    I replied to a “wisecrack” but mine was not and I wasn’t blaming anything on the U.N., talk about “little mental capacity.”

  • Sperwer

    “mine was not”

    It must be wonderful to be so self-unaware

  • Jang

    I have a Follower, are you on The Following?

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Conscripts. Ugh.

  • Sperwer

    You flatter yourself

  • Brendon Carr

    I agree. A selective, all-volunteer force is preferable because then the force only gets the best, like me. Otherwise we’d have our defense left to slugs like you.