South Korea

'Escape the corset’ feminist movement challenging societal beauty standards

There is a growing movement of young women activists in South Korea who are challenging long-held beauty ideals. They call themselves the "escape the corset" movement. These are acts of rebellion against the constraints they feel society has imposed upon them Read more

'Escape the corset’ feminist movement challenging societal beauty standards

Thousands protest roll back of pro-labour policies

On 21st November 2018, tens of thousands of workers launched a half-day strike across South Korea, accusing the government of rolling back pro-labour policies in the face of deepening economic woes Read more

Thousands protest roll back of pro-labour policies

Politician proposes review of National Security Law used to restrict freedom of expression

In early October 2018, the leader of South Korea's ruling party suggested the country's security law that has been used to restrict freedom of expression should be "re-examined" . Read more

Politician proposes review of National Security Law used to restrict freedom of expression

Tens of thousands of South Korean women protest against ‘spycam porn’

Thousand of women have protesting since May against biased police investigations into the widespread use of spycam pornography in South Korea.
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Tens of thousands of South Korean women protest against ‘spycam porn’

Me Too movement in South Korea sparks calls for review of defamation laws

The Me Too movement has pushed for a review of defamation laws in South Korea. The National Assembly has stalled over a law on media independence Read more

Me Too movement  in South Korea sparks calls for review of defamation laws

Laws used to deny trade union registration and workers' right to join a union

The right to freedom of association is protected under the South Korean constitution and the administration of President Moon Jae-In has generally respected this right. However, issues persist over the denial of registration or revoking of certification of certain trade unions. Read more

Laws used to deny trade union registration and workers' right to join a union

Trade Unions mobilise 400,000 in Seoul to demand fair wages

On 1st July 2017, 400,000 people took part in a mass action in Seoul organised by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). Read more

Trade Unions mobilise 400,000 in Seoul to demand fair wages

Spirit of candlelight revolution continues as Moon Jae-in takes power

As we've previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, the unprecedented wave of citizen action that ousted President Park Geun-Hye has ushered in a new era for South Korea. Read more

Spirit of candlelight revolution continues as Moon Jae-in takes power

Three protesters killed in clashes as court upholds President Park's impeachment

As reported extensively on the CIVICUS Monitor, since October 2016 a wave of citizen action has swept through South Korea Read more

Three protesters killed in clashes as court upholds President Park's impeachment

Trade unionist jailed for organising protests in South Korea

On 13th December, a court in Seoul upheld the conviction of prominent trade unionist, Han Sang-gyun. Read more

Trade unionist jailed for organising protests in South Korea