Group wants greater independence

Group wants greater independence
The building of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea
Stephen Hong, Seoul, Korea

April 14, 2011

Civil and religious rights groups in South Korea have urged the president, Lee Myung-bak, and his office to stop compromising the independence of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK). Andrew Kim Duck-jin, secretary-general of the Catholic rights committee, a member of NHRCK-Watch, a coalition of 91 groups, stressed that the essence of the national human rights committee is 'independence'. He said the government has considered it as one of its affiliated arms. NHRCK-Watch also demanded the immediate resignation of NHRCK chairman Hyun Byung-chul, alleging that he became the head of the committee with support from the state authorities. KO13972.1649

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