March 21 is the UN-designated International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We present the joint statement to share the meaning and significance of this day to all. Link: http://humanasia.org/bbs/board.php?bo_table=activity&wr_id=82&page=2 #InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfRacialDiscrimination #AntiRacism #FightRacism #EndRacism #StopRacism #WorldAgainstRacism
The assembly and march on the Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held in March every year had to be canceled unfortunately this year due to the spread of COVID-19. However, racism still exists in our society. This indicates that the task of eliminating racism has not disappeared yet. Accordingly, respective groups who were preparing for the Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination, including Gyeonggi Immigration Service, Refugee Network, Foreign Workers' Union, Migrants' Joint Action, and the Anti-Discrimination Law Enforcement Solidarity, intend to announce a joint statement to inform the meaning of this day. Joint Statement on 2020 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination “We Are Here Now!” #World_Against_Racism March 21 is the 54th anniversary of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In commemoration of this day, there are many antiracial discrimination rallies and marches planned to take place around the world. Due to the current corona virus (COVID-19) situation, we replace our rally with this statement. We pray for a world without racism and send solidarity to those who are fighting against racism around the world. More than 2.5 million immigrants live in Korea: yet they suffer from racist policies and misconceptions. Undocumented immigrants are constantly injured and killed during detention and at foreigner “shelters”. The government is enforcing a misguided prejudice that paints immigrants with a “dine and dash” attitude towards national health insurance. The government is currently charging immigrants with higher insurance rates compared to native residents. Employment permits, which prohibit workplace movements, cause more than 6 times the number of industrial accidents among immigrant workers than among other native workers. Many immigrant women suffer from violence and sexual assault by their husbands, facilitated by a system that allows husbands to influence immigrant women’s marital status. Refugees suffer from employment restrictions and false interpretation during their screening process. The basic rights of immigrant children are stripped away as they are prohibited from birth registrations Immigrants are more vulnerable to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Because there is no structural system that translates and efficiently delivers the daily updated health information, it is difficult for immigrants to stay safe and receive resources. Even the province of Daegu has refused to distribute masks to foreigners. There have been concerns about rising prejudices and discrimination against the immigrant communities caused by the COVID-19 situation. Chinese nationals and Chinese Koreans have been victims of hate, discrimination, exclusion, and unjust layoffs. In the meantime, the ruling political party is trying to introduce the “Foreigner Accommodation Reporting System”. The proposed system aims to strengthen control over the immigrant population and reinforce biases against the target community. In the West, COVID-19 has provided people with false justifications to express their explicit racism against Asian immigrants. All UN committees, including that of civil liberties, social rights, children’s rights, rights of persons with disabilities, and elimination of discrimination against women, have repeatedly advised that racial discrimination be eradicated. In December 2018, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination warned Korea of its worsening state of racial discrimination. It also pointed out that immigrants are a driving force of Korea’s wealth: yet they do not share any of the same social benefits as the native residents. This demonstrates the hierarchal discrimination that Korea adopts based on race, skin colour, nationality, and social class. Last year, immigrant women set out to protest in response to two cases of racial discrimination: the case of derogatory remarks against children of multicultural families at Iksan market and the case of physical assault on Vietnamese immigrant women. The protests quickly raised social concerns regarding problems faced by immigrant women. In 2019, the government celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Employment Permit System (EPS), congratulating itself on its work. Yet, the immigrant workers’ rallies calling for the abolition of EPS exposed the true agonizing nature of those 15 years. Meanwhile, the Lulendo family, who had been detained for 287 days at Incheon International Airport, was happy to finally enter the country thanks to the support of numerous organizations, lawyers, and individuals. This allows us to recognize how important the voices and solidarity of the people are in fighting racism. Thus, we shout together to spread this voice and solidarity! -Out with Racism and Race-Based Hate! NO RACISM! - Establish a Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Law! - Stop with Deportation and Human Hunting! - Stop with Detention and Foreigner “Shelters”! - Allow Work Permit System, Not Employment Permit System! - Stop Forced Labour! - Ensure Workplace Safety for Immigrants! - Out with Hatred towards Chinese and Chinese Koreans! - Guarantee Rights of Stay to Immigrant Women Survivors of Gender Violence! - Ensure Rights of Labour and Survival to Refugee Communities! - Out with Biased Unjust Immigration Screening Process! - Ensure the Basic Rights of Immigrant Children! - No Corona Racism! March 20, 2020 Korea Refugee Rights, Gyeonggi Alliance for Migrants Rights, Joint Committee with Migrants in KOREA, Alliance for Migrants’ Equality and Human Rights, South Korean Coalition for Anti-discrimination Legislation
Human Asia dreams of a world without discrimination ✨ #antiracism #fightracism #endracism #stopracism #worldagainstracism
While the nation is struggling with the onset of COVID-19, refugees/immigrants in Korea have been actively helping Korean society, to reciprocate for the hospitality they have received here in the past. The Jumma People’s Network - Korea (JPNK), which is Gimpo Jumma Refugee Community, has also joined to support. JPNK started showing their support by helping with the Ethiopian refugee society. The summary of their statement is as follows. 1. We actively participate in the basic precautionary efforts. 2. We volunteer ourselves to where manpower is required, such as in blood donation, medical assistance, and etc. “Through this occasion, we would like to support and contribute ourselves to the Korean society that has welcomed us. Although our fundraising and the size of volunteering may be insignificant, we would like to share our courage by revealing that we are working together with Koreans.” Despite the difficult circumstances, through the above activities JPNK collected a total of 1.2 million won in donations (1st round 200,000 won, 2nd round 1 million won). Their fundraising activities initially began with the intention of spreading warmth and support by donating 1000~5000 won each: yet these good intentions eventually transformed into something more influential and meaningful. The donations will be used to help communities in need through the Red Cross. *Human Asia joined the Refugee Network in 2010 and has been working with JPNK since 2011. **Our staff at Human Asia are also participating in fundraising and taking preventative measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19. A call to all Foreigners Residing in Korea: https://forms.gle/NSB5SjaApwVpypdM6 Related article “We Will Help Fight COVID-19 in return for South Korea’s Warm Welcome” https://m.khan.co.kr/view.html?art_id=202003032123015&utm_source=urlCopy&utm_medium=social_share
March 8 is International Women's Day!Human Asia will continue to work towards making an Asia and a world where people of all gender and sexes can live without discrimination. #eachforequal
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) vs business and human rights (BHR) - what’s the difference? ⠀For more information keep up with the Asian Business and Human Rights Center (link in bio)#businessandhumanrights #humanasia #humanrights #abhrc
Human Asia signed an MOU with Sorok Uni Foundation, a local NGO in the Philippines, on 26 February, 2020 to carry out human rights-based development projects for the minority Mangyan communities of Mindoro Island. Sorok Uni Foundation was established on 25 April, 2002, and was founded by Jang Jae-joong, chairman of the Uni-Group, who has been in the shipping, mining, and trading businesses based in the Philippines. Sorok Uni is a combination of Sorokdo's Sorok and UNI, which means You and I. The Sorok Uni Foundation provides education, emergency relief, medicine, scholarship, and livelihood support to Hansen, the homeless, low-income people, and minorities in the Philippines. So far, about 400 scholars have been produced, and 5,000 homeless, child care facilities, and Hansen has benefited through Sorok Uni Foundation. Sorok Uni Foundation's local experience, know-how, and Human Asia's human rights-based development will meet to help both sponsors and beneficiaries participate as principal agents to achieve a better life. Official website: https://www.sorokuni.com/
On February 3 (Mon), Human Asia held the first research report session with UAEM Korea at Korea University, International Hall. Three UAEM Korea members, Human Asia staff, and three Advisory Committee members attended. This year’s Advisory Committee consisted of: Professor Hye-young Kwon (Mokwon University), Sylvia Park (Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs), Unni Karunakara (Yonsei University, Yale School of Public Health), and Seung-beom Hong (ISU Abxis). After a brief introduction to UAEM Korea's 2019 activities and 2020 plans, the students presented the first part of their research report, ‘Access to Orphan Drugs in Korea: A Blind Point in the Korean Health System’. The students received constructive feedback from the Advisory Committee to help them develop their current draft and incorporate their thoughts into their research. We would like to express our gratitude to the students who have made such progress with their research on access to medicines, and to the Advisory Committee for their time and feedback.
Our Giggle Giggle workshop started with the aims of: learning creativity, independence, and human rights sensitivity through play, creating a more rights-friendly world During the 1st workshop, children from refugee/multicultural backgrounds took part in some exciting activities under the guidance of Miss Malma Divya, who donated her talents to our workshop! * All materials, snacks, etc used in this workshop are provided through donations from our sponsors. * Session 1: Making Our Own Clothes The children produced such different results from the same old T-shirt! This session allowed children to think outside the box and embrace diversity by appreciating difference, and moving away from thinking ‘different’ equals ‘wrong’. Session 2: The World of Possibilities Creating diverse and colourful images from individual scratch & sketches! Just as how these identical black papers transformed into various drawings, the children discovered that similar appearances do not limit the infinite possibilities that lie within! Session 3: My Imaginary Town Brainstorming sessions: what does my town need? Using recycled materials, the children created their own towns with their own imaginary facilities, such as: a protective army, welcoming and relaxing cafés, and even a shape-shifting wrestling ground! Session 4: ‘This is not a pipe’ After reading Rod Clement’s <Just Another Ordinary Day> (a book that sparks great imagination!), the children created their own versions of parts of the book. This session allowed for the children to experience and understand that things are never quite what they seem Session 5: Moving Pictures After watching Flipbook videos, the children made their own stories into flipbooks. Even though we had lots of our exciting stories, making and completing a flipbook turned out to be a lot harder than we imagined. (We encourage children to try again to make their own flip books one day if they have some time on their hands and are looking for something interesting to do!) Regardless of the (lack of) finished products, the children’s attempts to concentrate and their love for their work truly resembles that of an artist (at least to us! :) ) This concludes our progress report for the Giggle Giggle Workshop. We plan on continuing the other five sessions with lots of “giggles” and laughs. This is it for the Giggle Giggle Workshop progress report. We will proceed the rest of five sessions excitingly!
In 2020, Human Asia will begin human rights-based development cooperation projects in the Philippines. The first is the Philippines Mindoro Regional Mangyan Minority Community Independence Project. The Mangyan people are one of the indigenous people of Mindoro Island. Yet they are alienated from education and government assistance due to speaking a different language, and they are living without dreams in a vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy. Human Asia will systemically address ongoing issues and help the local communities solve basic clothes, food, and housing problems, and help them to shape their own lives. * What is the Mangyan Independence Project? By establishing connections between Mangyan families and sponsors, the Mangyan Independence Project helps to create a basis for self-independence and empowerment in local communities. Human Asia seeks to establish the basis for self-independence and empowerment within a given target period by helping Manyang families.
Human Asia welcomes our two new project interns who will be working with our Educational Development Team from January 2020. 윤선우 Hi. I’m Seonwoo Yoon, a project intern at Human Asia in 2020. I have a strong interest in activities regarding feminism and civic education. My current concern is how to solve the problem of hatred sentiment, anti-multiculturalism, and anti-intellectualism in the field of education. With several experiences in women and international human rights issues, I got insights into the effectiveness of awareness-raising programs with cooperating youths and other institutions in Asian countries, which made me have an interest in Human Asia. Living Sustainable, Specific, and Delicious Life is the ultimate goal that I pursue. I would like to make continuous changes with prolonged actions regarding women’s rights and focus not merely on repetitive ‘declaration’ but specific ‘implementation.’ Participating in the process, I would try to have energizing conversations and network with people around me not to become exhausted as well. By assisting in education and research programs and implementing East Asia Young Activists Networking (EAYAN) Program at Human Asia, I firmly believe that I can get the opportunity to have helpful experiences. It would also be inspiring to network with other interns and participants who have similar desires. April Park Hello, I’m April Park and I will be working with Human Asia as a project intern for the 2020 EAYAN Programme. Coming from an expatriate family, I was given an opportunity to live and learn among different communities across the globe. From my years abroad, I truly felt that violations of basic human rights and moral indignity are not problems of an individual or a particular region, but universal problems that need to be understood from a comprehensive perspective. Despite the ongoing resistance, the scope of the problems still outweighs the attempts to eradicate such issues. During my college years, I have indulged myself to the study of human rights in the field of academia. Now as an intern at Human Asia, I hope to contribute to their works to encourage stronger international collaborations among human rights advocates and to bring together creative initiatives for future implementation.
As of February 2019, only 3 countries have over 50% women in parliament. To learn more about political gender equality and gender representation in political-economic realms, sign up for the 2020 EAYAN Program (link in bio).
The 2019 Chakma (SNEHA School) Support Projects in India is separated into two parts: 1) SNEHA School facility expansion project supported by our sponsors, 2) educational support projects sponsored by the 2018-19 Samsung Dream Scholarship Foundation. Thanks to the love and generosity shown by our supporters on our ‘2019 Fundraising Night,” Human Asia will continue to support SNEHA School in 2020. Please stay tuned for next year's activity updates in 2020. Why Our SNEHA School Project in India Matters The Chakma Education Support Project aims to provide quality education to Chakma children in Arunachal Pradesh, India. The Chakma diaspora are legal immigrants in India and have been present in Arunachal Pradesh since the 1960s, after religious persecution forced them to flee from the Chittagong Hill area. Yet, Chakma children still face discrimination and continuously have been deprived of their right to education. The Chakma people further struggle to access jobs of their choice even in migrant areas, due to suppression from local governments and residents. By supporting SNEHA Schools in Diyun and Vidya Vihar, India, Human Asia hopes that all children in Asia will have access to quality schools and be educated without discrimination, so that they may achieve their dreams. In November 2019, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (also known as the ‘Anti-Muslim Act’ was passed by the Parliament of India. This ‘humanitarian’ law provides a path to Indian citizenship for migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian religious minorities; from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although Prime Minister Modi stated that the act would lead to ‘no discrimination’ Muslim refugees were not given any type of eligibility to apply for citizenship, inciting massive protests. The Muslim population in India accounts for its second largest religious population; with about 14% of it’s 1.35 billion strong population. However, after Prime Minister Modi was elected from support by the overwhelming majority of Hindus (80%), he received outside criticism for his upfront policies centred on Hindu nationalism. In August, Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which had given special status to Jammu and Kashmir (regions in which many Muslims reside), was also abolished. In response to the ensuing backlash, the Indian government called for tighter controls by imposing an outright ban on protests and cutting off the communications network in the northeast and parts of New Delhi, where many Muslims reside. However, the protests are still ongoing, causing a total of 24 casualties so far. The Chakma have already gained the legal status in India and are not techniically subject to direct discrimination under the law. However, the problem is that the amendment to this law will weaken the Indian secularism of ‘treating all religions in a fair manner’ and incite the potential for open discrimination across the entire society. Human Asia will continue to monitor human rights abuses and discrimination in India with the help of our sponsors in 2020, and help Chakma children to be educated, dream, and grow without discrimination. 2019 SNEHA School Support Project: School Facility Expansion Project India's SNEHA School has been experiencing a transformation: from a temporary facility to a proper school. In 2019, a new office was built to provide high-quality classes by allowing sufficient rest and preparation for teachers. A separate toilet was also constructed for men and women. 2019 India SNEHA School Support Project: 2018-19 Education Support Project Continuing from 2018, the educational support project helped SNEHA School to become a child-rights-friendly school: by providing educational opportunities to children and strengthening teachers' human rights-friendly educational capabilities. In addition to providing necessary education for children, we aimed to provide high-quality education through teacher competency training. This is a crucial task for long-term development, and in establishing the human rights-friendly education base that is unique to Human Asia. -After-school English and human rights classes (for students aged between 12-14, snacks provided) -Teachers’ competency reinforcement training (regular workshop & special workshop) -Creating a human rights-friendly environment (4 principles: 1. Non-discrimination and inclusion; 2. Participation; 3. Responsibility; 4. Empowerment through learning and teaching) *Please refer to the Human Asia's homepage and YouTube for a detailed information of India Chakma Education Support Project Chakma Education support project: http://humanasia.org/?page_id=15391#1552363045773-4dd04f6e-e8d4 Human Asia introduction video: https://youtu.be/x9W96zKU93U
Human Asia belongs to the Refugee Human Rights Network and supports its significance and work. Below is our top 10 refugee news of 2019, selected through in-depth discussions by organisations within the Human Rights Network (including Human Asia). Original link: https://www.facebook.com/KoreaRefugeeRightsNetwork/photos/a.2149881168585551/2433348266905505/?type=3&theater ▷ Young people fight for their refugee friends Although the friends of Kim Min-hyuk - an Iranian student who obtained refugee status last year - recently started attending different schools, they have gathered once again to fight for Min-hyuk’s father and his struggle in gaining refugee status. Hatred towards refugees has remained common in Korea, making this fight by young students for their friend’s parent especially noteworthy. Kim’s father’s refugee status has been denied, despite having a sufficient fear of persecution.. Kim’s father has been waiting for an appeal after filing an official complaint. ▷ The Lulendo family: 287 days at the border (As of 2019.07.03): The Lulendo family, who have been eating and sleeping at Incheon International Airport for 287 days, has finally entered South Korea after the Seoul High Court decided to give the family a chance to receive a hearing for refugee status. The Lulendo family had previously been denied even an attempt at receiving a hearing for refugee status, and further could not return to their home country for fear of persecution. The family endured daily frustrations living in the transfer area, with the children’s well-being further being severely compromised. ▷ The United Nations: ‘Refugee and migrant children should enjoy the same rights as Korean children’ The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child strongly recommended within the South Korea CRC report that South Korea guarantee equal rights to refugee and migrant children. The last meeting took place in 2011. The report particularly focused on the importance of: equal access to birth registration, childcare, education, health care, welfare, leisure, and state support. The report additionally mentioned that the young children of the Lulendo family, who have been living at the airport for over 200 days, was a prominent issue of concern. ▷ The right to health is a right for everyone On October 24, an asylum seeker was billed 200 million from the hospital for her premature newborn. Asylum seekers constantly face a huge financial burden which stems from the lack of health insurance benefits asylum seekers are entitled to. Even though humanitarian status holders are now able to register for local healthcare plans starting this year, the large insurance premiums have been economically straining the families who often live on minimum wage. ▷ Should humanitarian status holders be restricted from construction work? In July, asylum seekers and humanitarian status holders were banned from working at construction sites by the Ministry of Justice. Construction work has been a stable source of employment income for refugees who frequently face communication difficulties at work. This employment ban was therefore highly detrimental to people’s livelihood. Although the Ministry of Justice ultimately changed the policy and lifted the ban, it was still evident that the Korean government often acted indifferent to refugees’ survival and well-being. ▷ Temporary or permanent residents? Restricting naturalisation of humanitarian status holders According to the Korea Refugee Rights Network, humanitarian status holders could not be naturalized as Korean citizens due to the 2017 Revision of the Nationality Act. Some humanitarian status holders have resided in Korea for up to 19 years. Humanitarian status holders often face dire living situations in their home countries and need long-term residency in Korea; yet, they are denied the chance to settle. ▷ Refugees without voices – the case of fabricated interviews Many asylum seekers gathered for the Korea Refugee Rights Network’s event, ‘Speak Out Against Fabricated Refugee Interviews by the Ministry of Justice!’ to speak of their experiences with manipulated interviews. They claimed that their refugee status has been denied based on interviews that contained fabricated messages. According to the Ministry of Justice's internal guidelines released this year, the Ministry of Justice sped up the interview processes by overlooking important processes such as fact-checking. Among all the cases with shortened interviews, 55 cases were repealed for fabrication. ▷ Hatred vs. Fear - postponing the opening of the Catholic Refugee Center On September 9, the Diocese of Uijeongbu’s Catholic Refugee Center was met with a protest from local residents before its opening ceremony, resulting in subsequently delaying the opening. Several residents actively expressed concerns about public security, noise pollution, and local development. Those who have been working with the center were discouraged by the local residents’ complaints about refugees’ adverse effects on local security and hygiene. ▷ The court recognizes an Egyptian Muslim brotherhood as a refugee There are very few cases in which the court’s decision to refuse refugee status has been overturned. On October 29, the Seoul Administrative Court sided with an Egyptian asylum seeker in their lawsuit by acknowledging that the plaintiff was at risk of being persecuted for their past political activities and political views. Following the decision, there has been a media backlash. Without considering the facts and other specifics, fake articles misrepresented the case and broadcasted that a “terrorist organization” received refugee status. ▷ Strike when the iron is hot? The legislative and administrative attempts to change refugee law According to the contents released by the Korean Bar Association’s 2019 Symposium on the Refugee Law Revision, 14 amendments were proposed to the Refugee Act as of August 2019. All the proposals lacked comprehensive protection for refugees’ rights. The Ministry of Justice also tried to propose an amendment that can quickly exclude “fake refugees” from the system. Both the legislative branch and the executive branch were criticized for not encouraging in-depth public discussions on the refugee system and for exacerbating unjust hateful sentiments towards the community. ▣ The Korea Refugee Rights Network (23 members and 4 special members as of 2019. 12. 13.) Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL), Companion LFPI, The Jung, GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation, DREAM To Do Justice (DREAM), The Refuge pNan, Global Hope, Refugees Rights Center, Dongducheon Refugee Center, Duroo, Suncheon Migrants Support Center, Asia’s friend, MAP Migration to Asia Peace, Ecofemme, Gamdong Migrants Support Center, Uijeongbu EXODUS, Migrants Center Friend is, Catholic Diocese of Jeju Naomi, Dongcheon Foundation, Jeju Peace Human Rights Institute “What”, Paju EXODUS, Korea Migrants Human Rights Center, Human Asia.