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Korean human rights watchdog calls for LGBTQ people to be included in government investigations | OUTInPerth

South Korea’s human rights watchdog has recommended that information on the number of LGBTQ + people be included in government reports and surveys.

Korea’s time reported that Korea’s National Human Rights Commission has called on the government to redouble its efforts to determine the number of LGBTQ + people to help the government create better policies that end discrimination.

The recommendation follows a number of recent cases where people from sexual minorities and transgender people have faced discrimination in various sectors, such as military and university admissions.

The Commission said there was evidence that LGBTQ + people had specific health care needs that were not being met and that transgender people faced socio-economic vulnerability.

International watchdog Human Rights Watch has also called on the government of South Korea to take more action to protect LGBTIQWA + minorities.

In an open letter, the group expressed concern that despite years of concern raised by the United Nations, the country had done little to address the lack of protection against discrimination for minorities. , including LGBTIQA + people.

“Over the past 15 years, United Nations mechanisms have repeatedly expressed concern about discrimination in South Korea. The United Nations Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Committee on the Rights of the Child have all specifically urged the government to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination fight. legislation, “Human Rights Watch said.

“While there are patchwork protections for some marginalized groups, a comprehensive bill would make them more cohesive and effective, and would cover other groups as well. Recent proposals would ban discrimination based on “sex, disability, medical history, age, origin, ethnicity, race, skin color, physical condition, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity ”. Explicit protections are urgently needed, as existing frameworks fail to prevent discrimination and provide redress. “

A report released in September 2021 showed that LGBTIQA + students in South Korea faced discrimination and bullying at a high level.

The 76-page report, entitled “‘I saw myself as a flaw: neglecting the rights of LGBT youth in South Korean schools”, Found that bullying and harassment, lack of confidential mental health support, exclusion from school curricula and discrimination based on gender identity are particularly pressing concerns for LGBT students.

Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, but the country’s LGBTI population faces stigma and social isolation in this conservative country.

Korea allows people to change their gender if they are over 20, but this must be approved by the court and will be denied if they are married or have a child who is still underage.

The country does not allow same-sex marriages and does not recognize same-sex families or couples in law. President Moon Je-in has expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage.

A 2016 survey found that 16.1% of LGBT people were referred for conversion therapy on their first discharge.

PIO staff


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