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Panel seeks to ease protest rules
A police reform committee recommended measures to the National Police Agency to guarantee freedom of assembly and demonstration, Thursday. The recommendations seek to enhance the right to assembly by removing various restrictions that are imposed on both the process of notifying authorities of an assembly and conduct during the rallies. Although what is defined as a lawful protest is allowed in Korea, liberal civic and international organizations have long criticized the notification requirements and strict enforcement during protests as de facto infringing on basic human rights.
Civic organizations vow to fight gender discrimination
Civic organizations vowed to take legal action on behalf of a teacher who was verbally attacked after advocating for feminism in the school setting. They held a press conference in Gwanghwamun Square, Thursday. The network, Organizations Supporting Feminism Education and Teachers, was formed by civic organizations who intend to promote gender equality in schools after the incident. Twenty-two civic organizations including the Center for Military Human Rights Korea, Korea Women’s Hot Line, Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union participated in the press conference.
Images of women portrayed by Shin Saimdang and Antigone
Antigone, a mythical figure from Athens, and Shin Saimdang of the Joseon Kingdom were women who maintained their identities regardless of social status. Shin was a writer, Confucian scholar, painter, author and poet in the midst of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910). She was the mother of Yi I, the neo-Confucian scholar and statesman also known as Yulgok, and artist Yi Mae-chang....
Korean, French schools to strengthen cultural exchanges
A Korean and a French school are rolling out new programs to strengthen ties among their students, with their first sports exchange event slated for Friday. Seocho High School and the French School of Seoul both located in Seocho-gu in southern Seoul, will hold their first official sports exchange, Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, a French lesson will be provided by a French Embassy employee, and ongoing lessons will be offered for two hours each week until December. The two have actively collaborated to promote interaction among their students, these two events being among the many cultur...
Lawmakers 'bombarded' with homophobic texts from Christians
Conservative Christians sent thousands of text messages to lawmakers, opposing the nomination of Kim Yi-su as the court’s chief for his previous ruling against the military’s ban on homosexual activity. Six lawmakers of the minority People’s Party on Wednesday said such texts should be directed at the Moon administration and the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), Wednesd...
State exam opens chances for dream chasers
It was a long desire of Yang Bok-jin, 77, to obtain an education equivalency degree. On Aug. 28, 30 years after she first had the thought, she finally attained an elementary school equivalency certificate through the state qualification exams, known in Korean as "geomjeonggosi." “I was ecstatic, proud - so many different feelings came over me,” Yang said. “I have been studyin...
Complaints rising over sanitary pad
Consumer complaints about the side effects of sanitary pads have soared following the recent controversy over Lilian products, according to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Wednesday. According to the ministry, complaints filed to a public safety management institution have increased to 74 since Aug. 21, around the time the controversy over toxic sanitary pads swept the nation. No complaints had been raised prior to the recent uproar this year, and nearly none the previous year. Complaints came to the Korea Institute of Drug Safety & Risk Management (KIDS), a governmental organization t...
Sporting event slated for migrant workers in Seoul
Seoul city will hold its seventh annual migrant workers’ sports competition at the Jamsil Sports Complex in Songpa-gu, southeastern Seoul, Sunday. About 900 people, including foreigners and Korean nationals, are expected to participate in the event. The event is held for the 120,000 migrant workers living here to offer a chance for foreigners and Korean nationals to come toge...
MBC president quizzed over labor wrongdoings
The head of Korea’s major public broadcaster MBC was questioned by the labor ministry over allegations of unfair labor practices, Tuesday morning. This comes four days after a Seoul court issued an emergency warrant to detain Kim Jang-gyeom, president and CEO of MBC, as he had refused to answer several summonses by the Seoul regional labor office. The prosecution is investiga...
Fired Prudential Life employee commits suicide
A former employee of the Prudential Life Insurance Company of Korea LTD died at the company headquarters in Gangnam-gu, southern Seoul, Tuesday. Yang Man-seung, 57, committed suicide by jumping out of a window on the 21st floor of the building, after a failed attempt to meet the company head, according to Cho Sung-man, 60, who was also dismissed from the company. A police inv...
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