South Korea

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Restrictions on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression persisted. Asylum-seekers were detained and conscientious objectors were imprisoned for exercising their human rights. The detention in a state facility of 13 restaurant workers originally from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) called into question the legality of the existing settlement support process for North Koreans arriving in the country.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years

Issues we are working on in South Korea

Freedom of Expression

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Refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants

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United Nations (UN)

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