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Fri, August 19, 2022 | 22:58
Family of slain public official seeks help from UN, US politicians
The family of a South Korean government official shot dead by North Korea's military two years ago is seeking help from the United Nations Human Rights Office and rights-conscious politicians overseas to find the facts behind the killing. Lee Rae-jin, the elder brother of the deceased official, told The Korea Times Tuesday that he is asking U.N. rights officials and U.S. lawm...
[INTERVIEW] North Korean girl's story of searching for mother, freedom and herself
Life is pain. It was particularly so for Han Song-mi, a North Korean girl. Her earliest memory was her father beating her mother. Her younger sister suddenly died without a clear cause. After her parents' divorce, she and her mother endured years of hunger, eating grass. At the age of nine, she thought about killing herself and was told that her mother had already tried it on...
Minister confirms establishment of North Korean human rights foundation
Establishing a foundation for human rights in North Korea will be one of the three key projects in 2022 after six years of delay, Unification Minister Kwon Young-se confirmed Tuesday. The statement comes as the Yoon Suk-yeol administration is moving away from the stance of the previous Moon Jae-in government, which was extremely cautious about touching on issues that could an...
Corruption probes: Yoon dismisses accusations of political vendetta
President Yoon Suk-yeol reaffirmed his commitment to cracking down on corruption and dismissed accusations that the investigations targeting opposition heavyweights and former government officials are politically motivated. Asked about investigations into high-profile politicians of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), Yoon told reporters Friday that they are ...
Pulling US troops out of Korea was Trump's second-term priority, Esper's memoir reveals
Former U.S. President Donald Trump's desire to pull U.S. troops completely out of South Korea was serious and he kept the plan alive as his second-term priority, according to former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's memoir, published last month. In the book, “A Sacred Oath,” Esper said Trump repeatedly pushed to withdraw the U.S. forces from Korea, which, in his view, was not...
South Korea seeks to establish North Korean human rights foundation
South Korea is pushing to establish a North Korean human rights foundation in an apparent bid to implement the North Korean Human Rights Act, a law that has remained in name only over the past six years.The move signals the Yoon Suk-yeol administration's intention to press North Korea to improve its human rights situation, in contrast with the previous Moon Jae-in administrat...
Moving past old grudges: Yoon faces tall task of restoring relations with Japan
President Yoon Suk-yeol and first lady Kim Keon-hee made headlines on Sunday for going to the theater for the first time since taking office a month ago, to watch the Korean film “Broker.” What drew less attention was the person who made it. Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda explores what makes a family, through teamwork with Korean actors including Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-...
[INTERVIEW] Anti-leaflet law, clear violation of UN treaty, must be revoked: rights expert
South Korea's anti-leaflet law that bans sending anti-regime leaflets across the inter-Korean border is a clear violation of a United Nations treaty and it must be revoked, according to an international human rights advocate. Under the law, enacted in 2020 during the previous Moon Jae-in administration after North Korea's threats of retaliation over the sending of such leafle...
Young leader vows to transform ruling party
Factional infighting is intensifying within the ruling People Power Party (PPP) as Lee Jun-seok, its young, Harvard-educated leader, clashes with veteran lawmakers over control - and therefore, the future - of the party.
Yoon under fire for too many ex-prosecutors taking key posts
During the run-up to the presidential election a month ago, liberal parties warned that Yoon Suk-yeol would open an era of “the republic of prosecutors” as head of state, given his limited experience outside the prosecution. With too many former prosecutors with personal connections to the president taking key government posts, Yoon has come under increasing criticism that th...
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