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[Statement] National Assemblyenact equalitylaw
Name 관리자 Date 2022-05-30 Hits 101
[Joint Statement]
South Korean National Assembly must enact the Anti-Discrimination Act Now
(2 May 2022, Seoul) On April 11, 22 days ago, Miryu and Jong-gul, two South Korean human rights activists went on a hunger strike calling for the enactment of the Anti-Discrimination Act. Over a decade, the UN and international community have repeatedly recommended the South Korean Government to enact a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act to end all forms of discrimination. Unfortunately until today, there is no anti-discrimination act in South Korea and the most marginalized groups in a society are exposed to various forms of hatred and discrimination.
We, the undersigned 84 international and regional civil society organizations, are standing in solidarity with South Korean activists and urge the South Korean National Assembly to immediately enact a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act.
The enactment of a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act is widely supported by the majority of South Koreans. According to a survey by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea in 2020, 82% of respondents acknowledged that discrimination in South Korean society was serious and 88.5% were in favor of enacting a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act as a way to resolve this problem. Another survey of November 2021 showed that 70% of South Korean people also agreed.
Even so, the South Korean National Assembly keeps delaying the enactment of the law. Four drafts of the Anti-Discrimination Act have already been submitted to the South Korean National Assembly, which prohibit discrimination against gender, disability, age, language, national origin, ethnicity, race, nationality, color, place of origin, appearance, marriage, pregnancy or childbirth, family and household type/circumstance, religion, ideological or political opinion, a conviction for which the effect of the sentence has been invalidated, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, employment type, medical history or health status, and social status. These bills were submitted during the Moon Jae-in administration who pledged the enactment of a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act. The majority of the National Assembly members at this moment are from the Democratic Party. If there is a political will to end discrimination in a society, there is no reason to further delay it.
This is why two weeks ago, two activists went into an indefinite hunger strike in front of the National Assembly. On behalf of South Korean civil society, these two human rights activists started a hunger strike desperately calling for making a society without all forms of discrimination, delivering people’s voices to the National Assembly members and opening a world where all people can live freely without any barriers. We also stand in solidarity with South Korean human rights activists and reiterate the call that a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act should be the minimum starting point for improving the human rights of minorities in South Korean society, including persons with disabilities, migrants, foreigners, North Koreans, women, older people, and sexual minorities.
As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, the South Korean government has an obligation to uphold international human rights standards and implement recommendations from the UN including the enactment of a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act. We believe that the enactment of a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act will bring positive changes to not only Korean society but also to Asia. Increasing hatred and discrimination against minorities are becoming more prevalent in other parts of the world as well.
We are sending our full support and solidarity to South Korean activists, especially those who are going on hunger strikes. South Korean National Assembly must enact a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act immediately and end the vicious cycle of hatred and discrimination.
6Rang, Germany
Aadhar Sanstha, India
Amnesty International Mongolia
Amnesty International Taiwan
API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, USA
Asia Democracy Network (ADN)
Association of Indigenous Peaoles in the Ryukyus(AIPR), Japan
Autistic Minority International
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), India
Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)
Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mongolia
Covenants Watch, Taiwan
Dina Septi, Indonesia
Equal Asia Foundation
Erasmus Institute of Peace Studies, Japan
Foundation for the Conservation of the Earth, Nigeria
GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders, USA
gayofiraq, Iraq
Harmony Home Assciation Taiwan
Hayashi Lab., Faculty of Humanities, Univ. of Toyama, Japan
HIV Education and Research Taiwan, HEArT
Hong Kong Pride Parade
Human Rights Law Network, India
International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, Malaysia
InterPride, USA
Japan NGO Network for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ERD Net)
Kaohsiung Pride, Taiwan
Kobe International Christ Church, Japan
Kobe International Sustaining Organization, Japan
Konfederasi Serikat Nasional, Indonesia
Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse, USA
KQT DC (Korean Queer and Transgender Organization DC), USA
Lavender Phoenix, USA
Law and Language Laboratory (3L), Japan
LGBT Centre, Mongolia
LIPS-Sedane Labour Resource Centre, Indonesia
Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN)
MozaiQ LGBT Association, Romania
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), USA
New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), USA
Nodutdol, USA
NTUSA Gender Workshop, Taiwan
OutRight Action International, USA
Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Assocition of Taiwan
Planet Ally, Australia
Praxis Association, Indonesia
Presatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor, Malaysia
Progressive Voice, Myanmar
Public Association “Dignity”, Kazakhstan
Punjab Women Collective, India
Queens Pride House, USA
Q-Wave, USA
Sex og Politikk (IPPF Norway)
ShanghaiPRIDE, China
Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM)
Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan (SMJ)
SUARAM, Malaysia
Sukaar Welfare Organization, Pakistan
Synergia - Initiatives for Human Rights, Argentina
Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty
Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights
Taiwan Association for Human Rights
Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association
Taiwan HIV Story Association
Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy
Taiwan LGBT Scouts 羅浮童軍人權興趣小組
Taiwan Lourdes Association
Taiwan Love and Hope Association
Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)
The William Gomes Podcast, United Kingdom
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), India
United Belize Advocacy Movement, Belize
Vidhi Centre, India
Washington Butterfly for Hope, USA
Women Cross DMZ, USA
Women's Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), Nepal
Worker's Initiative, India
Yellow Jackets Collective, USA

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