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South Korea: Legalizing Abortion to Be Considered

(Mar. 2, 2008) The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare drafted a new policy in late 2007 to seek more realistic measures to address the growing number of abortions in the country. These measures include changing the law that restricts abortions with criminal sanctions. The Ministry held a hearing on February 13, 2008. There […]

South Korea: Plan to Reduce Ocean Dumping

(Mar. 2, 2008) South Korea dumped 2.02 million cubic meters of sewage from livestock farms, 1.71 million cubic meters of leftover food, and 1.61 million cubic meters of urban sewage into the ocean in 2007. Although South Korea ratified the 1972 Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter […]

South Korea: Trans Fat Labeling

(Feb. 2, 2008) The amendment of the country's Food Sanitation Law made it possible for the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) to implement trans fat labeling regulations in September 2006. The KFDA announced revised food labeling standards that make it compulsory to show the amount of trans fats in processed food such as bread, […]

South Korea: First Asbestosis Compensation Case

(Jan. 2, 2008) The Daegu District Court ordered an asbestos cloth making company to pay 160 million won in compensation to the bereaved family of a former worker on December 4, 2007. This was the first court ruling in Korea for compensation for asbestosis. The court acknowledged the company's negligence in providing worker safety. The […]

South Korea: Kim Dae-jung Kidnapping by KCIA Affirmed

(Dec. 2, 2007) The South Korean government made a report public in late October 2007, which concluded that the Korea Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) had seized former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung while he was in Japan in 1973. The National Intelligence Service report said that evidence supported "the possibility that, up to a certain […]

South Korea: Foreign Remittance De-Regulation

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Korean Finance and Economy Ministry released the Foreign Currency System Improvement Plan on November 8, 2007. Korea currently allows a Korean person or firm to transfer abroad up to US$ 3 million per person or firm to buy real estate for investment purposes. This limit will be removed during 2008. The […]

South Korea: Breast Cancer Survivor Regained Position in the Military

(Nov. 2, 2007) The Seoul Administrative Court rendered a judgment on October 4, 2007, that revoked the Defense Ministry's decision to discharge a female lieutenant colonel in the first reserve, Pi Ujin. Pi is a breast cancer survivor. After a mastectomy, Pi took a physical test and passed it, and kept working as a helicopter […]

South Korea: Prison Abuse

(Nov. 2, 2007) The father of an inmate in a South Korean prison who was allegedly attacked by a guard filed a written statement complaining of the attack in March 2007 to the country's Human Rights Commission. In September, the Commission recommended that the Anyang Prison take disciplinary action against the guard. The prison, however, […]