The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) has a mandate to review and conduct research on legislation, policy and practices from a human rights perspective and to submit its opinions and recommendations on various human rights issues including Korea’s accession to and implementation of international human rights treaties.
The heads of authorities who receive recommendations are called on to respect and implement the Commission’s recommendations. In the event of non-implementation, the relevant authorities should provide the Commission with reasonable explanations. The NHRCK has contributed to advancing human rights in Korea through its policy recommendations.
Furthermore, the NHRCK has the authority to submit opinions to the court either upon request or on its own initiative when the pending case is related to the promotion and the protection of human rights.
Key Opinions & Recommendations
- Opinion for the abolition of “hoju-je”(male dominated family registry system)
- Opinion for the abolition of death penalty
- Opinion for the elimination of discrimination against non-regular workers
- Recommendation for the improvement of the National Education Information System (NEIS)
- Recommendation for the abolition of National Security Act
- Recommendation for the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights(NAP)
- Recommendation for the alternative military service for conscientious objectors