The 13th Young Human Rights Activist Workshop Review
In the 13th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop, we learned the current issue of refugees in Korea and shared our thoughts on refugee rights after listening to experiences from those who work on the field. We empathized with the refugees by learning the legal definition of ‘refugees’ in the domestic and international law, and the difficulties that refugees, especially women and children, get through in Korea in terms of the health and labor rights.
After the training, each team chose a topic of interest and constructed their own lectures for the teenagers. I felt a huge responsibility for being a presenter and giving a speech on refugee rights in front of the teenagers. As we shared our perspectives and thoughts during the workshop, I hoped that teenagers could get interested in refugee issue so that they can express their own opinion regarding refugee issue in the future. It was such a meaningful touch that we have an opportunity to give a lecture to teenagers by using what we have learned until now.
It is the time when Korea has to consider refugee issue including Jeju Yemeni refugees one. Individuals and the society are making efforts to give the vulnerable financial support based on law and policies, build social infrastructures, and education for mutual understanding. A workshop like this could be a way to understand individual people with different situations and different personalities amid the generalized portrayal of refugee that didn’t choose to be.