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UPR of Republic of Korea: concerns remain on death penalty, gender equality, and military service

in KOREA, REPUBLIC OF, 04/11/2012

The second review of the Republic of Korea under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) took place on the 25 October, and began with a presentation by Mr Ghil Tae-Ki, Vice-Minister for Justice. The delegation was high-level, and included the Gender Minister and the Director of Human Rights Policy at the Ministry of Justice.

The presentation by the Vice-Minister described the efforts made to implement recommendations made during the first cycle, including the withdrawal of reservations from international human rights instruments and new legislation in line with the international legal principle of habeas corpus. Many States commended this progress. The initiation of the second National Action Plan on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (NAP) was noted as another positive step.

The Government of the Republic of Korea has also ratified (though not sufficiently implemented) the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) following a recommendation made by Brazil in 2008.

However, a number of concerns came to light during the interactive dialogue; many of these issues had been addressed in the previous UPR, but had not been satisfactorily implemented.

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