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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, May 25, 2022 | 11:41
Human rights watchdog calls for better working conditions for foreign fishing crew members
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) has called on the government to improve the working conditions of crew members of foreign nationality working on fishing boats here, many of whom suffer from violations of human rights due to excessively long working hours, as well as economic exploitation and physical abuse by their employers. The NHRCK asked the Ministry...
Migrant human rights groups denounce excessive use of force at immigration detention center
Civic groups for the human rights of migrants and foreign nationals here have denounced immigration authorities for the excessive use of force against a detainee at an immigration detention center, calling for punishment of those responsible and measures to prevent any recurrence. A coalition of these groups held a press conference, Wednesday, in front of the National Human R...
Vaccinations to pick up pace next month
Korea's nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program is expected to pick up pace in October, as the government plans to expand inoculations to people who have yet to receive a single dose.
Korea aims to fully vaccinate 80% of adults by end of October
Korea aims to fully vaccinate 80 percent of its adult population and 90 percent of the elderly aged 60 and over by the end of October, in preparation for a gradual shift to a “live with COVID-19” scenario. The COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force unveiled its inoculation plan for the fourth quarter, Monday, which includes children aged between 12 and 17, along with pregnant women.
Owners of unregistered dogs to face fines from October
Starting in October, owners who have not registered their pet dogs will face a fine of up to 600,000 won ($510).
Explosive rise in infections disrupts Korea's path to 'live with COVID-19' strategy
An explosive rise in coronavirus cases following the Chuseok holiday is causing disruptions to the government's plan to adopt a “live with COVID-19” strategy from late next month. The administration previously said that it was drawing up a plan to implement such a strategy, under which antivirus restrictions would be gradually eased, from the end of October when 70 percent of...
Media self-reform
Representatives of seven media-related organizations pose during a press conference at the Korea Press Foundation in central Seoul, Thursday. The organizations have agreed to establish a self-regulatory body, as an alternative to the proposed revision to the Act on Press Arbitration, which enables punitive damages against media outlets that produce “fake news.” Th...
Return of Korean War remains
President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook attend a joint repatriation ceremony with the United States, held at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, Wednesday (local time). Korea received the remains of 68 Korean soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, while handing over the remains of five American service members to representatives of their country. Yonhap
Conflict deepening between Seoul gov't, LGBT festival organizers
A conflict is deepening between the Seoul Metropolitan Government and organizers of the annual Seoul Queer Culture Festival (SQCF), following the city government's recent decision to reject the latter's application to be registered as a non-profit organization. The Seoul Queer Culture Festival (SQCF) Organizing Committee, consisting of members of the LGBTQ community and their...
'Body profile' trend may cause serious side effects
Flexing muscles for photo shoots was once reserved for celebrities and professional athletes. But recently, an increasing number of young, ordinary Koreans having their toned, muscular bodies professionally photographed after months of working out in a challenge called shooting one's “body profile.” Social media channels are flooding with posts including body profile photos.