February 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of South Korea on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented to the ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A White House official on Saturday announced that President Barack Obama plans to address cybersecurity as it relates to American consumers and businesses next week. According to the official, the plan will include legislative initiatives and executive actions. The announcement comes in the wake ...[read more]
December 29, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
South Korea on Monday offered to resume high-level talks with North Korea, after stalled communication between the two countries resulted from the United States' placement of blame on North Korea for a recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. This event has lead to increased diplomatic ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The issue of accountability of those responsible for crimes against humanity in the country remains at the top of the agenda, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation in the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Marzuki Darusman said Friday. The comments come a few days ahead of the General Assembly' ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A UN human rights expert said Thursday that there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responsible for "massive" human rights atrocities committed by the state. In February the UN released a report concluding that North Korean security chiefs, and possibly Kim Jong Un, should ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A South Korean court sentenced the captain of the ferry Sewol to 36 years in jail after being found guilty of negligence. He was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The Sewol ferry capsized in April, killing 304 passengers, on a routine voyage to the island ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by William Helbling
UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea human rights Marzuki Darusman on Tuesday submitted a report urging that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Darusman stated that "Korea, including victims, and to ensure accountability of ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
An independent UN human rights expert on Thursday urged South Korea to adopt an anti-discrimination law. UN Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere said an anti-discrimination law is particularly important because of increasing globalization, with many foreign workers coming to Korea for ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Department of State on Tuesday announced it will not use anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula, underscoring its commitment to the aims of the Ottawa Convention, the treaty that prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. The ...[read more]

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