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    Introduction

    • Promoting Ideals
      of Human Right
    • Developing Instiutios
      for Human Rights
    • Preventing Violations
      of Human Rights
    • Improving Noth Koreans'
      Human Rights
    • Environmental Pritection
      Campaigns
    • Other
      Projects
             
     
    The League urged the government to provide administrative considerations so that laborers can receive the appropriate level of wages corresponding to the amount of work they have performed. It also tried to revise the Labor Relations Act and strictly enforce regulations to ensure laborers receive just and proper treatment and protection.
     
    The League proposed to the National Assembly’s Special Commission on the Constitution, the government and political parties the following revisions to the Constitution: expansion of the basic rights clause; stipulation of the spirit of respecting human rights reflected in the International Covenant on Human Rights; designation of the people’s rights clause, which is currently a subordinate law, as a superior law following the preamble; expansion and acceptance of the basic rights on right to life, prohibition of torture and cruelty, etc.
     
    Active democratization is taking place in all sectors of our country these days.
    Yet, information related to the government or public institutions remains undisclosed, thus contributing to not only irregularities and administrative errors but also suspicions and a sense of social alienation.

    To guarantee the right to know of the people, we suggested to the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs the enactment of Information Disclosure Act. We have been partly
    successful in the enactment.
     
    Wiretapping and secret recording are human rights violations that threaten privacy and freedom. They are acts of prying into other people’s secrets, whether in public or private life, that threaten and violate human rights.

    Because these are acts that should be eradicated from our society, the League recommended to the government and the National Assembly the enactment of Wiretapping Prevention Law.

    The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Communication responded that they would work to guarantee communication secrets, and we are working with the Nat ional Assembly in pursuing a law on the protection of
    communication secrets.
     
    Many acts on the livelihood of the people, such as the Gender Equality Employment Act and the Farmland Lease Act, are only being enacted or officially announced but not enforced through decrees.

    The League proposed to the government and the National Assembly the speedy enactment of related enforcement decrees, and thus contributed to putting these legislations in effect.
     
    Because a transparent government administration in a democratic country is important, the League pointed out the urgent need to enact the Administrative Procedure Act as an institutional mechanism to minimize administrative expediency and abuse of administrative authority.
    We also proposed to the government and the National Assembly the speedy enactment of the Administrative Procedure Act, and requested cooperation from political parties.

    In its response, the Ministry of Government Administration said that although the enactment of the Act is advisable to protect the rights of the people andsecure fairness in administration, its enactment and enforcement may lead to lower administrative efficiency and greater time and economic burden on the public.

    The Ministry thus added that it would “push for enactment as soon as the condition for enforcement is ripe.”
     
    We have made recommendations to the government and the National Assembly for legislation of the Mental Health Act, pointing out the fact that “various forms of human rights violation are taking place in the nursing facilities for the mentally ill, as such facilities currently have no legal foundation, but mere guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW).

    Human right infringements at such facilities include admitting healthy persons as mental patients into the facility at the request of their family members who have conflict of interest with the “healthy” patients, forcibly detaining patients, exploiting patients’ labor in a cruel manner, and prohibiting them from any forms of visit or communication. In its response, the MOHW stated that it would “pursue legislation of the law as a sound legal basis for management of mental illness, which is required for efficient medical care and protection of mental patients, as the number increases from rapidly changing lifestyle.”