NHRCK Celebrates the 20th Anniversary
of its Establishment
- Human Rights Award Korea 2021 Awarding and Celebratory Performances -
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea(Chairperson Doohwan Song) hosted an event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Commission’s establishment on November 25, 2021 at Father Coste Hall, Myeongdong Cathedral.
The Commission was established on November 25, 2001, as an independent national institution addressing human rights issues. The establishment of the Commission was a result of yearnings the public has shown for the further promotion of human rights and democratization in Korea, years of tireless efforts made by the civil society organizations for the betterment of human rights and the request from the international community.
Since its founding, the Commission has been raising voices on various issues such as the abolishment of the ‘Social Protection Act’ and the ‘National Security Law’, the legislation of ‘Anti-Discrimination Law’ and the protection of part-time workers ' rights and has been assisting in creating social understanding on the ‘Equality Act’ legislation. The Commission also improved the situation on human rights violations inflicted by the authorities in police, prosecution office and confinement facilities, and has been actively responding to pending tasks in the area of human rights, including human rights issues in the military, schools and sports, rights to access information, hate and discrimination and more. The NHRCK, as an active member institution of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions(APF), is contributing to the betterment of universal human rights.
“The NHRCK was able to make changes and progress for the past 20 years, thanks to the commitment, solidarity and support shown by many towards the work the Commission does to make improvements on human rights in Korea”, said Chairperson Song. The Chairperson also vowed to “continue to uphold the value of human rights, work towards making positive changes in the society and lead the way in resolving the pending issues of our time”.
For this special occasion, the Human Rights Award was awarded to Youngmi Choi, the head of Korea Home Workers Association and a celebratory singing performance took place.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea expresses its utmost gratitude and respect to those who are working to protect and promote human rights in our society and hopes that the event will become a juncture of making better society for all.