On December 20, So-Hyun Lim, researcher at the Korea Education Development Institute (KEDI), conducted a year-end mentoring lecture for our Community Leader scholarship students at the One Stop Prep in Apgujeong-dong. The scholarship students in attendance learned about the main content and methodology of research design for writing their thesis. So-Hyun Lim kindly gave consultations to the respective participants regarding their thesis statement. After the lecture, all participants had a pleasant year-end gathering at the Kongdu restaurant located at Deoksugung-g. They had time to chat about their daily lives and struggles in studying, and gave each other advice and comfort.
On Tuesday 17 December, Human Asia’s Sponsorship Night was held at Mariaju Square in Seoul. This event allowed us to rewind and reflect on our activities in 2019, and raise funds to support India SNEHA School facilities and class improvement. Over 100 guests participated. The night included magic and entertainment, a raffle, and a sales booth all for to generate funds for the school, and was held under the theme ‘Let’s Light Up the World!’ Human Asia also announced the ‘Vision 2030’ to grow further in the future onwards. Thanks to our guests, we were able to raise over 17 million won. We would like to once again thank everyone who came out to support us, and for your support and belief in human rights. Human Asia will keep striving to create a holistic and inclusive Asia where anyone and everyone can live without discrimination.
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On a worldwide scale, women reportedly make only 77 cents to every dollar earned by men. For further discussion on the #wagegap and #worklifebalance for women, apply for the 2020 EAYAN workshop (link in bio). #womensrights #humanasia #humanrights #휴먼아시아 #인권
On November 29, Human Asia hosted a special lecture together with UAEM Korea at Seongnam High School, under the theme ‘Understanding And Accessing Essential Medicines’. Student members of UAEM Korea introduced the concept of access to medicines, including the price of Korean medicines and the national health insurance in Korea. They further explained the concept of essential medicines and the development of orphan drugs, both domestically and internationally. After the explanation, UAEM Korea introduced their organisational activities and research. UAEM Korea then divided the students into three groups and asked them to discuss: ‘If you received funding for drug development, would you use it to develop orphan drugs? Or would you use it to develop a drug that can benefit a larger number of people?” After the discussion, each representative of these groups came forward and shared their teams’ opinions to everyone. Thank you to everyone at Seongnam High School who supported UAEM Korea’s lecture with Human Asia!
On Friday 22 November, Seung-yeon Na, President of Oratio, gave a lecture on ‘Communicate with Confidence to the World in English’ to the Community Leadership scholarship students in Korea-Japan Hall. As a first class news anchor, a reporter at Arirang TV, a spokesperson for Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Bidding Committee, and having spent her childhood years in Canada, United Kingdom, and Denmark, Seung-yeon Na introduced her know-how on effective English communication. After the lecture, the students had the chance to ask questions in a Q&A session. Following the lecture, the students, Seung-yeon Na and Human Asia enjoyed dinner together and chatted more on the content of the lecture.
1 in 4 women (and 1 in 7 men) will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. For further discussion on this topic apply for the 2020 EAYAN program workshop (link in bio). #womensrights
On November 10, 2019, Human Asia Children’s School visited the Incheon Lotus Lantern International Meditation Centre to deliver self-made educational children human rights kits. This day held the first Kathina Chavara event for the Jumma people residing in Korea. Human Asia was also invited, and was able to spend time participating in the valuable event. The educational children human rights kits made by the Human Asia Children’s School include self-made guide/workbooks, teaching material, and teaching tools for students to share creative activities and human rights promotion experiences with their fellow students, families, and friends. “Article 2, everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, or other status.” Students willing to take part in the 2019 Universal Declaration of Human Rights reading video by the National Human Rights Commission also participated in the video shoot.
On 29 and 30 October at Diamond Hall, Human Asia co-hosted ‘The 12th Asia Human Rights Forum: Human Rights, Business, and Technology: An Evolving Agenda’ with Korea University Human Rights Center, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Essex University’s Economic and Social Research Committee (ESRC), Big Data and Technology Project, and the Social Science Korea (SSK) Human Rights Forum. Human Asia has been hosting “The Asia Human Rights Forum” every year since 2006 to work towards establishing regional human rights protection system networks and protecting human rights in Asia. This year was the twelfth forum. 130 number of guests, including international organisations, regional organisations, the National Human Rights Commission, civil society organisations, domestic and foreign companies, human rights & business scholars, experts, and students, participated in the forum. This year’s forum was based on the “New and emerging digital technologies and human rights” resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council with the lead of Korean government in July 2019. The forum examined the impact of new technology, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data on human rights and analysed relevant opportunities and tasks. The purpose of this forum was to explore successful cases of human rights management and policy experiences achieved by domestic and foreign public enterprises and multinational corporations, and examine practical implementation policy of human rights management for business management. On the first day, the forum was opened by a speech from Changrok Soh, President of Human Asia. It was followed by Welcoming Remarks from Lene Wendland, Chief of Business and Human Rights in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Lorna McGregor, Professor of International Human Rights Law at Essex University, and Sung-hoon Lee, Vice President of the Korea Association of Human Rights Studies. Congratulatory messages from Sang-chul Lee, Permanent Commissioner of National Human Rights Commission of Korea, and Hee-seok Hwang, Director General of the Human Rights Bureau, Ministry of Justice were also given. The luncheon was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with a speech from Ki-hwan Kwon, Director General of the International Organizations Bureau, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Wendland emphasized in her welcoming remarks that we should ensure that respect for human rights be the backbone of developing, using, and managing new technologies. She emphasised that achieving these goals need extra measures in addition to minimizing risks, providing education programs, and temporarily evaluating the impact of such technologies. The event consisted of presentation sessions, panel discussions, and open dialogues. ‘Chatham house rules, in which participants agree not to reveal neither the identity nor the affiliation of any speaker(s) outside of the event, were applied to allow various stakeholders to share their opinions and thoughts freely during the discussions. On the second day, a designated panel discussion and open discussion, led by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), was conducted over the course of three sessions. The first session examined the role of governments and businesses in accountability and remedies. The second session focused on ways to increase the effectiveness of non-state-based and independent grievance mechanisms for business-related human rights abuses. Lastly, the final session covered access to remedies through non-government and independent grievance systems in technology. President Changrok Soh (President of Human Asia, Member of the Advisory Committee of UN Human Rights Council, Professor at Korea University Graduate School of International Studies) pointed out the significance of the forum: “I think it is very meaningful to hold a forum with professional and in-depth discussions on human rights, business and technology in Korea, which is taking a leading role in new technologies and human rights. I hope that this forum will allow us to realize human dignity in the age of new technology and lay the foundation for the peaceful coexistence of technologies, human beings and businesses.” We thank you those who spared their precious time and participated in the 12th Asia Human Rights Forum. Human Asia will continue to work towards creating a holistic and inclusive human rights protection system in Asia through our Asia Human Rights Forum.
On October 12-13, Human Asia participated in the <Local Action, Global Justice: The Fight for Global Health Equity> conference with UAEM Korea in UCLA, Los Angeles. This year’s conference was held by UCLA UAEM students. By participating in various lectures and workshops on access to essential medicines and people-centred pharmaceutical development, UAEM Korea and Human Asia were able to learn more about UAEM’s research and advocacy activities both in the US and around the world. UAEM Korea also gave a presentation on the access to and affordability to life saving medicines, the right to health in Korea, and their future plans. Please look forward to future collaborations between Human Asia and UAEM Korea on access to medicines and the right to health!
The 12th Asia Human Rights Forum - Human Rights, Business and Technology: An Evolving Agenda]The Accountability and Remedy Project [ARP]Access to effective remedy is a core component of the UN Guiding Principles on the Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Yet, victims of business-related human rights abuses still often struggle to access remedy. The OHCHR therefore launched the Accountability and Remedy Project (ARP) in 2014. To learn more about the ARP, sign up for the 12th Asia Human Rights Forum at humanasia.org.
On 14 October, Human Asia held <The Moving Human Rights School> with Sejong Global High School students at Korea University, International Hall. Most of the participating students sought to pursue human rights-related careers in the future. The main topic for the school was ‘International Human Rights Law and Refugees.’ This event allowed for students to move beyond studying international human rights law and refugees strictly from a theoretical point of view. The students discussed how human rights are protected as an entity - with the cooperation of governments, international organisations, and civil society - and which mechanisms are utilized in humanitarian approaches to international development cooperation. The event further allowed students to realize the significance of human rights advocacy activities conducted by international human rights organisations. Human Asia also spoke a little on their work in improving human rights situations in international society, and the need for mutual cooperation among NGOs and other diverse organisations. Human Asia hosts ‘The Moving Human Rights School’ every spring and fall with high school students. If you are interested in holding a Moving Human Rights school at a different time, however, please contact Human Asia. For detailed enquiries regarding human rights schools for high school students, please get in touch via phone or email. Thank you!
n the middle of last year, approximately 500 Yemenis arrived on Jeju Island. From that time, the topic of ‘immigrants and refugees’ became extremely controversial in Korea. I became curious about this contentious issue and decided to engage in volunteer work at one of the Yemen refugee camps on Jeju for three months. During this time, I became more interested in broader topics such as ‘refugees,’ ‘migrants,’ ‘hatred,’ ‘’discrimination,’ and ‘human rights.’ At exactly this time when I was realising the importance of globalised education, a friend recommended Human Asia’s ‘14th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop’. When I discovered that the theme of the workshop would be ‘Global Citizenship Education: Improving the Next Generation's Awareness on Migrants' Human Rights’, I decided to apply. For the first two weeks, I learnt about the various situations of migrants - from domestic migrants to migrant workers, migrant women, migrant children, and their right to health - through the lectures provided by human rights activists. For the rest of the program, I was able to devise ideas on how to organise lectures using the educational methodology called cross-cultural education, and how to approach students. After presenting my lecture plan, I refined my lesson plans for middle and high school students with other participants in small groups. Lastly, we invited current high school teachers to see our lessons and had mock class demonstrations. Through the feedback from teachers, we were able to modify our lecture plans and to understand the perspectives of students. ▲ Lecture topic – The youth are also all strangers somewhere. Our team presented lectures to Ewha Womans University Middle School and Junghwa High School students on the theme of ‘The youth are also all strangers somewhere’. After allowing them to realise that domestic migrant workers cannot enjoy the universal rights that all humans deserve under the Constitution of the Republic of Korea, we encouraged them to understand the lives of their migrant peers. We also showed them stories of migrants’ lives who are a similar age to themselves.
For the last two months, our participants from the 14th Young Human Rights Workshop have been attending lecture sessions and presentations on migrant rights. Using the knowledge they have gained so far, our participants visited local middle and high school and conducted their own classes on migrant rights. In teams of 3 or 4, after listening to expert lectures and receiving feedback from other attendants, the participants completed their lesson plans and taught classes for approximately 7 different grades. Congratulations once again to all participants for all their hard work in listening to the lectures and conducting their own classes. We at Human Asia too will work to improve migrant rights and strive towards making a more open and inclusive Asia. We hope you enjoy the event pictures below.