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Human Asia

Human Asia strives to realise a human rights-based approach to development cooperation and conduct specialised
advocacy activities for the promotion and protection of human rights in Asia.
Vision
  • Human Asia dreams of spreading the light of human rights across Asia and the world.
Mission
  • We are committed to creating a holistic and inclusive Asia where anyone and everyone can live without discrimination.
  • By transcending social concepts based on borders, ethnicity and politics, we work towards making the peaceful and progressive world envisioned in the UDHR.

A Word from Our President

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President, Human Asia
Changrok Soh

Thank you for visiting Human Asia.
Asia is the world’s largest continent with around four billion people, or about 60 percent of the world’s population, residing in its forty-eighty countries. It is also a place where an extremely wide variety of ethnic groups, religions, and cultures come together to live. While Asia ranks second after Europe in terms of strong economies, many people continue to suffer in extreme poverty.

With this huge gap between the rich and the poor, Asia is home to the greatest number of impoverished people in the world. Moreover, various human rights issues persist throughout Asia, including civil wars, religious conflicts, human trafficking, forced labour, sexual exploitation, sexual discrimination, caste systems, and refugee and immigrant issues.

Founded in January 2006, Human Asia strives to establish a regional human rights protection system, a type of system that is lacking only in Asia, and to realise the peaceful coexistence of the diverse cultures of Asia. In order to improve human rights in Asia, Human Asia carries out human rights advocacy activities and campaigns, organises field activities with humanitarian aid, coordinates educational and training programs to nurture young human rights activists, and publishes human rights reports.

We will continue to devote ourselves to create an ‘open and human-oriented Asia’ free from any kind of discrimination, as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We ask for your active participation and support in building a better and brighter Human Asia. Let us spread the light of human rights across Asia!

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Our Logo

With two people holding hands in the centre, Human Asia’s logo represents our dream of
creating an open and human-oriented Asia.

Symbol Mark
The in the Human Asia logo depicts two people holding hands.
Through the kind of harmony and solidarity shown in these two figures, we strive to create an
open and human-oriented Asia, where every individual can live the life that they are entitled to
as a human being.
Colour System
Commonly associated with peace and stability, sky blue is a popular logo colour for international non-profit organisations (as opposed to red, which represents contrast and conflict).
Human Asia’s blue logo represents our desire to spread the light of peace and equality for all to every corner of the world.

History

  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • Human Rights-Based Development

2006

01

Organisation founded (as Asia and Human Rights Center)

02

Registered as a Korean non profit organisation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs No.500)

The 1st Asia Human Rights Forum (co-hosted with Anti-Slavery International)

The 2nd Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

03

Monthly Morning Lecture on human rights series

04

The 1st Human Rights Academy

Jung Joon-ho (actor) appointed as Honorary Promotional Ambassador

08

Interns dispatched to ILO Regional Office, Bangkok

The 1st Human Rights Course program (co-hosted with Korea University Human Rights Center)

10

The 2nd Human Rights Academy

2007

02

Organised the Asia Human Rights Forum Report contest

07

Field research in Thailand

2007

02

The 2nd Asia Human Rights Forum (co-hosted with Anti-Slavery International)

03

Monthly Morning Lecture on human rights series

04

The 3rd Human Rights Academy

05

Campaigns against the commercial sexual exploitation of children

07

Interns dispatched to ILO Regional Office, Bangkok

09

The 2nd Human Rights Course program (co-hosted with Korea University Human Rights Center)

10

The 4th Human Rights Academy

11

Educational public program on the rights of the child

2008

07

NGO field research in Thailand

08

Provision of medical aid and medicines to Vietnamese primary schools

2008

01

Youth forum on the rights of migrant children in Asia

02

The 3rd Asia Human Rights Forum (co-hosted with UN OHCHR South-East Asia Regional Office)

The 4th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

Attended open session of UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

03

Monthly Morning Lecture on human rights series

04

The 5th Human Rights Academy

06

MOU with Korea University’s Graduate School of International Studies

08

Interns dispatched to ILO Headquarters in Geneva and Regional Office in Bangkok

Acquired online publishing rights for ‘Human Rights: Questions and Answers’ booklet created by UNESCO

Internet Hurasia newsletter to raise awareness on regional human rights issues

09

The 3rd Human Rights Course program (in collaboration with Korea University Graduate School of International Studies)

10

The 6th Human Rights Academy

11

The 1st Human Rights English Essay Contest for high school students

12

Joint NGO report with Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights submitted to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Koreans’ perceptions of migrant workers survey conducted in conjunction with Korea University and led by Injin Yoon, Professor of Sociology

2009

10

Provision of textbooks and other recommended books to Vietnamese primary schools

Provision of educational supplies to Vietnamese primary schools with Community Chest of Korea and Sports Toto

12

Field trip to Vietnam to monitor humanitarian aid projects

2009

02

The 4th Asia Human Rights Forum (co-hosted with UN OHCHR South-East Asia Regional Office and ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific)

The 5th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

03

‘Tuesdays with Human Asia’ weekly lecture series on human rights

Interns dispatched to ILO Headquarters in Geneva and Regional Office in Bangkok

04

The 7th Human Rights Academy

06

The 1st Human Rights Theatre Group

08

First human rights-based play staged by the 1st Human Rights Theatre Group

Visit to Japanese NGOs for migrant workers and specialised policy zones for migrant workers in Japan

09

Interns dispatched to ILO Headquarters in Geneva and Regional Office in New Delhi

Joint Statement with the Korean Bar Association calling for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar (formerly Burma)

Charity Happy Hour Wine Night for books donations to Vietnamese primary schools (co-hosted with Yeoljeong Plant)

The 4th Human Rights Course program (in collaboration with Korea University Graduate School of International Studies)

10

The 2nd Human Rights English Essay Contest for high school students

The 8th Human Rights Academy

Campaign calling for the immediate release of Aung San Suui Kyi

2010

03

Field trip to Vietnam humanitarian aid site

11

Fundraising concert for ‘Freedom From Fear’ shelter for Rohingya refugees

2010

02

The 5th Asia Human Rights Forum (co-hosted with UN OHCHR South-East Asia Regional Office)

04

The 9th Human Rights Academy

08

Street campaign for Rohingya refugees

09

The 5th Human Rights Course program (in collaboration with Korea University Graduate School of International Studies)

10

The 10th Human Rights Academy

11

The 3rd Human Rights English Essay Contest for high school students

Changrok Soh, former Vice-President, is appointed as President of Human Asia

2011

04

Field research at refugee camps in Bangladesh

05

Meeting at Head Office in Sinsa with representatives from Bangaleshi partner organisations, UBING and Odhikar

09

The 11th Human Rights Academy - ‘Poverty, Development and Human Rights’

Opening ceremony of Jum Library, for ethnic minority Jumma people living in Bangladesh

2011

01

Joint US-ROK street and t-shirt campaign for Rohingya refugees

02

The 6th Asia Human Rights Forum (co-hosted with UN OHCHR South-East Asia Regional Office)

The 7th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop (co-hosted with Korea University Graduate School of International Studies)

03

Head Office relocated to Sinsa-dong, Gangnam (from Dongnimmun, Gyobok-dong)

04

President Changrok Soh participates in the Civil Society Consultation organised by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea

‘Tuesdays with Human Asia’ begins at Korea University

05

Human rights colloquium ‘Human Rights and Educational Developments: The Stanford Textbook Analysis’ (co-hosted with Seoul National University’s Asia Center, Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, and the Law Research Institute)

Lecture on human rights for high school students with high English proficiency (co-hosted with the Suwon Office of Education)

Special ‘Tuesdays with Human Asia’ lecture on ‘Migrants and Multiculturalism’ by Aung Tin Htun, Executive Director at MWTV (Migrant World TV)

06

Joined World Refugee Day flash mob event organised by UNHCR Korea, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation, and Movement Dang-Dang

Special ‘Tuesdays with Human Asia’ lecture on ‘Protecting Refugees in South-East Asia: The Crossroad Between Hope and Despair’ by Won-geun Choi, Program Manager at NANCEN

07

2009 - 2010 Activity Report

Logo and name change from the ‘Asia Center for Human Rights’ to ‘Human Asia’

HUMA Doll Making Campaign for Nepalese Children

Human rights lecture for members of Namsan Chapter of Korea Rotary Club

Educational program on human rights for members of Young Friends for Human Asia (YFHA)

08

Jeongam Foundation x Human Asia Global Vision Scholarship program established and first scholarship presentation ceremony

09

The 6th Human Rights Course program - ‘Human Rights in a Global and Regional Context’

2012

04

Documentary ‘Life of the 0.7%’ on Jumma refugees in Korea released

12

‘Love for Nepal’ Charity Event supporting the creation of study rooms for Nepalese children

Human Asia receives the 2012 National Human Rights Award from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea

2012

02

Orientation and opening ceremony for 1st cohort of Human Asia Pioneers (HAP)

03

Campaign for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination together with Human Asia Pioneers (HAP)

06

World Refugee Day flash mob campaign

08

International conference for the protection and promotion of refugees rights (co-hosted with the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and Korea University Graduate School of International Studies)

The 8th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

11

Opening session for 2nd cohort of Human Asia Pioneers (HAP)

The 12th Human Rights Academy

2013

01

Human Asia Nepal office officially opens

06

Human Asia Nepal photo exhibition ‘Hello, Choli-Choli!’

11

Opening ceremony for the new Human Library at Nepal Children’s Centre

2013

02

Orientation session for Human Asia Pioneers (HAP)

05

‘The Dynamics of Human Rights Diffusion' international conference (co-hosted with SSK Human Rights Forum)

06

Ceremony for Human Asia Honorary Promotional Ambassadors, Jisun Park and Wonhyo Kim

Korea Refugee Week co-host

07

Global Vision Scholarship Presentation Ceremony with Jeongam Foundation

The 2nd Global Human Rights School

The 9th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

09

The 3rd Human Rights School for Teenagers

10

The 1st Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, co-hosted with SNU Human Rights Center, Korea Center for United Nations Human Rights Policy, and Korea Human Rights Foundation)

2014

01

Volunteers dispatched from Human Asia’s Head Office to Nepal Children’s Centre

09

Vision Hill School in Laos opens

Changrok Soh, President of Human Asia, is elected as a member of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee of the UN General Assembly

10

Human Asia’s ‘Human Library’ Opening in Nepal

12

‘Dream for Laos’ exhibition held to support Vision Hill School in Laos

2014

02

Orientation and opening ceremony for 3rd cohort of Human Asia Pioneers (HAP)

03

HAP Campaign for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

04

The 4th Human Rights School for Teenagers

05

The 2nd Human Rights School for Teenagers

‘Reimagining Human Rights’ international conference (co-hosted with SSK Human Rights Forum)

Donor Appreciation Night

06

World Refugee Day campaign co-host

The 3rd Global Human Rights School

07

The 2nd Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, co-hosted with SNU Human Rights Center, Korea Center for United Nations Human Rights Policy, and Korea Human Rights Foundation)

Global Vision Scholarship Presentation Ceremony with Jeongam Foundation

09

The 5th Human Rights School for Teenagers

10

The 32nd SSK Human Rights Forum Workshop

11

Human Asia Homecoming Day

Policy conference on migrant children (co-hosted with Korea University Human Rights Center and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea)

2015

01

Field trip for donors to visit Vision Hill School

04

Human Asia Nepal fundraising activities for emergency humanitarian aid distribution

05

Love for Nepal project: Pheri Nepal bracelet making campaign

07

Policy conference on refugee policy creation in Gimpo

UN DPI (Department of Public Information)유엔공보국 지위 획득 (7월 14일)

Educational programs by Human Asia’s human rights clubs begin in Gimpo for children of Jumma refugees

Human Asia is registered as an NGO Representative at the UN Department of Public Information

12

Fundraising Night for the construction of Human Asia Nepal’s Human House

2015

02

Orientation and opening session for 4th cohort of Human Asia Pioneers

03

HAP Campaign for the International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination

05

‘New Horizons for Human Rights’ international conference (co-hosted with SSK Human Rights Forum and Korea University Human Rights Center’

06

World Refugee Day street campaign held in Hongdae

KOREFF: Korea Refugee Film Festival co-host

07

Global Vision Scholarship Presentation Ceremony with Jeongam Foundation

The 3rd Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Korea Institute for National Unification co-hosted with SNU Human Rights Center and Korea Human Rights Foundation)

08

Excerpts from Hurasia Human Rights News published in Big Issue Korea

09

The 10th Human Rights Course program - ‘Human Rights in a Global and Regional Context’

The 7th Human Rights School for Teenagers

The 9th Asia Human Rights Forum - ‘Regional Cooperation for Transitional Justice in Asia and Human Rights in North Korea’

The 10th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

11

The 2nd Human Asia Homecoming Day

2016

03

Field trip to Badikhel, Nepal and Arunachal Pradesh, India

MOU with SNEHA School, India

05

Participated in the 66th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju

2016

01

Human Asia’s 10th Anniversary

02

The 1st Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review for High School Students (sponsored by the Ministry of Unification and the Embassy of the United States, Seoul; co-hosted with Department of International Studies, Korea University)

Graduation ceremony of the 4th cohort of HAP; orientation and opening session for 5th cohort

03

The 8th Human Rights School for Teenagers

Joint Campaign for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

06

The 2nd KOREFF: Korea Refugee Film Festival cohost

07

The 4th Global Human Rights School

Global Vision Scholarship Presentation Ceremony with Jeongam Foundation

The 4th Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; co-hosted with SNU Human Rights Center and Korea Human Rights Foundation)

08

The 10th Asia Human Rights Forum - ‘Prospects and Challenges of Regional Cooperation for Human Rights Protection and Promotion in Asia’

The 11th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

09

The 9th Human Rights Course program - ‘Human Rights in a Global and Regional Context’

12

10 Year Anniversary: Human Asia Fundraising Night

2017

02

In-depth field research for educational support project for Chakma children in Arunachal Pradesh, India

04

Hope Exhibition for Chakma children

09

Samsung Global Dream Foundation Support Scholarship Certificate Ceremony

11

Workshop for Chakma Education Support Project and interviews with beneficiaries

12

After school classes begin for Chakma Education Support Project (for children from 10 - 14 years of age)

Fundraising Night for Chakma Education Support Project

Capacity building workshop for teachers involved in the Chakma Education Support Project (42 participants)

2017

01

North Korea Human Rights Drawing Competition

03

The 10th Human Rights School for Teenagers

Art Exhibition for Winners of the North Korea Human Rights Drawing

04

The 11th Asia Human Rights Forum -’Human Rights and Asian Corporate Leadership’

06

The 5th Global Human Rights School

The 3rd KOREFF Korea Refugee Film Festival

07

The 12th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop (supported by Seoul City Government)

Global Vision Scholarship Presentation Ceremony with Jeongam Foundation

08

The 2nd Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review for High School Students (sponsored by the Embassy of the United States, Seoul; co-hosted with Korea University Human Rights Center)

09

The 11th Human Rights School for Teenagers

2018

02

Changrok Soh, President of Human Asia, becomes Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Committee Advisory Council

03

Interim report submitted to Samsung Dream Scholarship Foundation on domestic and international projects

Evaluation trip to Vision Hill School and contact with partner regional organisations in Vientiane, Laos

04

Special capacity building working for teachers involved in the Chakma Education Support Project (22 participants)

07

Human Asia selected for the Samsung Global Dream Foundation Scholarship to implement domestic and international programs

09

Samsung Global Dream Foundation Scholarship Support Certificate Ceremony

11

Human Asia - Incheon International Development Cooperation Center co-host Development & Cooperation week activities

On-site discussions on workshop and construction work for Chakma Education Support Project

2018

03

The 12th Human Rights School for Teenagers

Joint Campaign for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

05

The 13th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop (sponsored by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea)

Cohost of the Seoul International Human Rights Conference on ‘The International Mobility Convention’

06

The 4th KOREFF Korea Refugee Film Festival

The 6th Global Human Rights School

08

The 5th International Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (sponsored by the UN Human Rights Office Seoul and the Kyobo Daesan Agriculture Foundation; co-hosted with Korea University Human Rights Center, City University of Hong Kong, In

The 13th Young Human Rights Activists Workshop (sponsored by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea)

09

The 13th Human Rights School for Teenagers

10

Refugees Welcome Festival

11

Global Vision Scholarship Presentation Ceremony with Jeongam Foundation

12

Human Asia - RAFTO Human Rights Foundation (Norway) book publication on North Korean defectors

Human Asia 12th Anniversary Seminar & Night of the Year

What We Do

Human Rights Advocacy
We strengthen solidarity and social empathy
on human rights in Asia through diverse educational
and advocacy programs.
Human Rights-Based Development
We work to create a tomorrow where every individual has
autonomy, self-worth, and an understanding of the rights
they are entitled to as a human being.