Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Rights head reappointed amid opposition
Rights trade union says 80 percent of country opposes presidential appointmentPresident Lee (left) gave his appointment certificate to Hyun Byung-chul in 2009
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- August 14, 2012
Civic and human rights groups say Hyun Byung-chul limited the NHRCKâ€™s role in watching over government institutions in his first term. Groups also raised allegations of academic plagiarism, real estate speculation and other ethical lapses.
â€śLee intends to ruin the countryâ€™s human rights record for another three years,â€ť said Myoung Sook, coordinator of a coalition of 300 rights groups across the country.
In a statement, the coalition said Hyun had worked to obfuscate the administrationâ€™s rights violations. His reappointment received criticism from opposition parties as well as from within the ruling Saenuri Party.
"I will take the past criticism in a humble way and try my best to run the NHRCK independently," Hyun said Monday.
The president announced in June his intention to reappoint HyunÂ for a three-year tenure, saying his commission had played a leading role in protecting human rights since he was appointed as head in 2009.
"Eighty percent of the nation and even most NHRCK members have opposed the reappointment,â€ť the NHRCKâ€™s trade union said.
The union has asked for Hyun's resignation.
National rights group chief must go: coalition
Group wants greater independence