Korea Human Rights Policy Institute is an incorporated association; a private non-profit organization specializing in Human Rights governance research.
Since its establishment as a non-profit incorporated association in April 2011, Korea Human Rights Policy Institute has been operating mainly on private funds ; voluntarily donated by around 250 supporting members as of November 2020.
Executives and researchers have experience working in National Human Rights Commission of Korea and Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Republic of Korea. Currently, they are participating in Human Rights governance such as Human Rights commission of local governments, and Human Rights management commission of public offices.
The institute consists of 7 fellows, 4 senior fellows, and the board of trustees which is composed of lawyers, priests, professors, and others.
We monitor and research Human Rights related laws and systems.
In our society, the institutionalization of Human Rights is expanding thanks to the intense Human Rights movements that have taken place in the field. The enactment of the Anti-Discrimination Act (Equality Act) is imminent, and Human Rights ordinances are being enacted one after another in local governments. As a result, Human Rights norms, implementation systems, as well as Human Rights policies are gradually in place.
Accordingly, the enhancement of Human Rights competency of the law enforcement officials operating Human Rights-related systems as well as the front-line administrative officials, is considered as a very important issue.
Korea Human Rights Policy Institute plans and carries out Human Rights education for the public officials, ensuring that the government’s obligations for the realization of Human Rights are fulfilled. We also monitor and research Human Rights-related laws and systems by designing Local Government Ation Plan for Human Rights, Human Rights survey and developing Human Rights impact assessment manuals.
We collect and promote Human Rights-related information of International society for Human Rights such as the United Nations. We introduce major points of concluding observations and general comments adopted by United Nations Human Rights Council, UNHRC and by Human Rights treaty bodies within the country. We also share information about major trends of International society for Human Rights by, for example, translating and introducing ‘Understanding of Human Rights’ published by ETC (das Europäische Trainings- und Forschungszentrum für Menschenrechte und Demokratie) of Graz as well as ‘Rabat Plan of Action on the prohibition of advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence’ of UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Furthermore, we are carrying out international solidarity activities to guarantee children’s rights; for example, we discuss annually with General Research Institute on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is a private research institute related to children’s rights in Japan
Our goal is to develop our expertise in Human Rights governance research to ensure the sustainable realization of Human Rights.
We believe that the disregard for Human Rights in the past has resulted in the overlapping crises that humanity is facing today such as the climate and environmental crises, pandemics and polarization. Human exploitation and exploitation of natural resources were justified in the name of efficiency and competition, and furthermore we exhausted the resources that the future generations should enjoy. This poses a serious threat to human dignity. We believe that this massive threat of world-wide infectious disease is not an unpredicted problem, but rather, a revelation of all the problems that were concealed and suspended until now. We need to wake up to the guarantee of human dignity. Ecological immunity is Economic, Social and Cultural Resilience, and that is Human Rights.
Korea Human Rights Policy Institute will endeavor to mainstream Human Rights with the vision that our future flowing towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution is sustainable only when its planned around Human Rights.
‘Understanding of human rights’
Korean translation site
인권의 이해│인권교육을 위한 핸드북│(2019) – 인권정책연구소