http://www.giswatch.org/en/country-report/economic-social-and-cultural-rights-escrs/korea-republic Introduction The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)1 deals with cultural rights in its Article 15, protecting the right of everyone “to take part in…
Through the struggle of internet rights and sexual rights groups for freedom of expression on the internet, and since the revision of the criteria of online content harmful to juveniles by deleting homosexuality from the criteria in 2004, there has not been direct censorship of online content related to homosexuality on the internet.
But this does not mean that sexual minorities are free to express themselves on the internet. One of the big barriers to the freedom of expression of sexual minorities is hate speech.
1. On 16 Oct. 2015 the 22nd Collegiate Court on civil cases in Seoul Central District Court made a ruling partly in favor of human rights activists and civil society who filed against Google Inc. and Google Korea demanding disclosure of information (whether it provided their data to a third party).
We, the undersigned, are international human rights and transparency groups based around the world. We are writing in opposition to Twitter’s recent decision to revoke the ability of the tool Politwoops and similar tools to utilize Twitter’s Application Programming Interface, or API. We believe Twitter’s decision holds grave consequences for free expression and transparency around the world.
The ‘Urgent Action Network against Cyber Surveillance’ (Urgent Action Network), which is composed of 19 groups including human rights organization, labor party and labor unions, held the press conference to submit the petition for legislation of so-called ‘cyber surveillance prohibition act’, actually a revised bill of ‘Protection of Communications Secrets Act’(PCSA), in the national assembly on April 20, 2015. The petition, in which 2,910 people have signed, will be introduced and proposed in the national assembly.
The ‘Urgent Action Network against Cyber Surveillance’, which is composed of 19 groups including human rights organization, labor party and labor unions, held the ‘joint assembly of cyber surveillance victims :prologue for counterattack’ in the Korean Buddhism history and culture memorial hall on March 1, 2015. , and declared ‘the Declaration of Independence from Cyber Surveillance State’.
Considering that the purpose of the constitution and international human rights law is to protect private life, personal information, and the privacy and freedom of communication from any governmental surveillance, the present legal system in South Korea, such as PCSA and the Data Protection Act, means that the government is infringing on these human rights.
It is the government’s duty to protect its citizens; therefore, there is little justification for the government to prioritise administrative efficiency over the rights of the socially disadvantaged. As a short-term goal, relevant laws must be amended so that female victims of violence can minimise exposure of their personal information. Of course, in the long term, legislators should consider gender-specific needs prior to making all policies in order to prevent such trial and error.
We are concerned that, in the socio-political context, there is a high possibility for IT to be misused to carry out state surveillance and commit violations of the right to privacy. We welcome the UN General Assembly resolution and the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the right to privacy in the digital age, and we emphasize the urgent need for these recommendations to be implemented by the RoK.
– On 23rd of July, six Korean human rights activists file a lawsuit against Google Inc. and Google Korea requesting the disclosure of personal information provision records to Seoul Central District Court
Seven internet service and communications providers from around the world filed a legal complaint today, calling for an end to GCHQ’s attacking and exploitation of network infrastructure in order to unlawfully gain access to potentially millions of people’s private communications.
On 23-24, April, a global multistakeholder meeting on Internet governance , “NETmundial,” was held to discuss the Internet Governance Principles and future approaches in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This meeting was considered historic in that it enabled multistakeholder participation during the process, enabling governments, civil societies, private sectors, technical communities, and academia, etc., to participate in the process of determining the final resulting content of meeting.
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We firmly believe that global Internet governance should be based on the mulltistakeholder model and protection of human rights, two principles that are considered to be critical in sustaining the past and future of an Internet for the global community.
Korean NGOs submitted Joint Statement on Internet Surveillance of US NSA for the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council on August 22th, 2013.