Rights com­mis­sion urges gov’t to im­ple­ment UN rec­om­men­da­tions

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Lee Kyung-min lkm@ktimes.com

Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) Chair­man Lee Sung-ho urged the gov­ern­ment, Fri­day, to fully im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions from the UN Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic, So­cial and Cul­tural Rights.

In the re­port re­leased on Oct. 9, the UN Com­mit­tee made rec­om­men­da­tions on var­i­ous hu­man rights is­sues in­clud­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion against mi­nori­ties. The gov­ern­ment has 18 months to sub­mit its ob­ser­va­tions and in­for­ma­tion on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the Com­mit­tee.

“The UN urged that Korea fully in­cor­po­rate the present rec­om­men­da­tions in the third Na­tional Ac­tion Plan for hu­man rights, with clear im­ple­men­ta­tion time­lines and in­di­ca­tions of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the branches and tiers of the Gov­ern­ment. NHRC will try to fully im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions,” Lee said. “A pub­lic hear­ing will be held in Novem­ber to dis­cuss spe­cific mea­sures to adopt the UN opin­ions.”

The UN Com­mit­tee ex­pressed con­cerns about the crim­i­nal­iza­tion of same-sex re­la­tion­ships in the Mil­i­tary Crim­i­nal Act in Korea. It said the per­sons in­volved in same-sex re­la­tion­ships are ex­posed to dis­crim­i­na­tion.

The Com­mit­tee said re­ports of dis­crim­i­na­tory at­ti­tudes and acts, against les­bians, gays, bi­sex­u­als, trans­gen­der per­sons in many fields of pub­lic life were wor­ri­some.

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