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April 4, 2019, 7:45 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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April 4, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

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April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Rep, Chad, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Russia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"Multiple NGOs reported that sexual assault was a serious and underreported problem in the military" (17).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Children born to North Korean defectors in China were often undocumented and stateless, neither recognized as Chinese citizens nor DPRK defectors. While they can eventually obtain citizenship and may have access to education in defector- oriented schools, the children are not eligible to receive the financial benefits that accompany official defector status. As a result, many defectors leave their stateless children behind in China, where they are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation" (14). "Citizenship requires one parent be a citizen at the time of birth. Authorities also grant citizenship in circumstances where parentage is unclear or if the child would otherwise be stateless. The law requires that all children...more
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Observers considered the presidential election in May and legislative elections in 2016 free and fair" (1).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"According to the Ministry of Gender and Equality, in July nearly seven out of 10 of the country’s top 500 companies were found to have zero women at the executive level" (27).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape ranges from a minimum of three years’ to life imprisonment depending on the specific circumstances" (17). "The law allows judges or a Ministry of Justice committee to sentence repeat sex offenders to chemical castration. In the first half of the year, 14 chemical castrations were performed" (18).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"According to the Ministry of Gender and Equality, in July nearly seven out of 10 of the country’s top 500 companies were found to have zero women at the executive level" (27) South Korea has a Ministry of Gender Equality (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: PRN-PRACTICE-1

"The government blocked violent, sexually explicit, gambling-oriented, and other websites found to violate law and order, including, but not limited to, the illegal trade of internal organs, food, or medical supplies; violation of intellectual property rights; and the encouragement or planning of suicide" (10).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included: government interpretation and application of the National Security Law, libel laws, and other laws that limited freedom of expression and restricted internet access; corruption; domestic violence; and the military’s prosecution of male soldiers for homosexual activities, although the new government discontinued such action" (1). "The police generally respond promptly and appropriately to reported incidents, and the judicial system effectively enforced the law. However, domestic violence was a significant, yet underreported problem. Both government and NGO surveys indicated that it occurs in about approximately 50 percent of households" (17). "Footage of a man hitting and kicking his former girlfriend before chasing her down a...more
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ERBG-DATA-3

"Women continued to experience a pay gap, and a higher percentage of women filled lower-paying, low-skilled, contract jobs. Women often faced difficulties returning to the workforce after childbirth" (27).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law defines domestic violence as a serious crime and authorizes authorities to order offenders to stay away from victims for up to six months. This order may be extended up to two years. Offenders may be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and fined up to seven million won ($6,030) for domestic violence offenses. Noncompliance with domestic violence restraining orders may result in a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of up to 20 million won ($17,230). Authorities may also place offenders on probation or order them to see court-designated counselors" (17-18). "When there is a danger of domestic violence recurring and...more
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Women enjoy the same legal rights under the constitution as men. The law provides for equal pay for equal work, but the latest data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed the gender pay gap was 37.2 percent in 2015" (19).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-2

"The government considers refugees from North Korea under a separate legal framework and does not include refugees from North Korea in refugee or asylum statistics. The government continued its longstanding policy of accepting refugees or defectors from North Korea, who by law are entitled to South Korean citizenship" (12). "In recognition of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the government granted Syrians humanitarian refugee status without having to go through the usual refugee determination process. Of the humanitarian status holders in the country, the majority were Syrians. Others included Palestinians, Egyptians, Chinese, and Burmese" (14).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The constitution and laws prohibit discrimination in employment based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and social status" (26).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for men and women to marry is 18. There were no reported cases of forced marriage" (20).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws prevent women or members of minorities from voting, running for office, serving as electoral monitors, or otherwise participating in political life" (15).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"No laws either specify punishment for persons found to discriminate against LGBTI persons or provide for remedies to victims of discrimination or violence" (22).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The police generally respond promptly and appropriately to reported incidents, and the judicial system effectively enforced the law. However, domestic violence was a significant, yet underreported problem. Both government and NGO surveys indicated that it occurs in about approximately 50 percent of households" (17).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"The law protects the right to confidentiality of persons with HIV/AIDS and prohibits discrimination against them. However, observers claimed persons with HIV/AIDS continued to suffer from societal discrimination and social stigma" (23).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The Counseling Center against Sexual Violence in Busan, the country’s second largest city, funded by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, revealed on August 25 that the number of the cases of sexual harassment has doubled to 1,038 in 2016 from 536 cases in 2015" (27).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2

"Moon Jae-in was elected president in an early election following the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye" (1) Park Geun-hye was the first femal president in South Korea and East Asia (AMG-CODER COMMENT). "At year’s end, impeached former president Park Geun-hye was in a detention center while prosecution of the criminal case against her continued. In March the Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment for corruption, terminating her presidency and removing her immunity from criminal prosecution. In the December 2016 impeachment vote in the National Assembly, Park lost by a vote of 234 to 56. Park was accused of collaborating with Choi Soon-sil, a longtime friend and close confidante, to coerce...more
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: AW-LAW-1

"The law provides for granting asylum or refugee status" (12).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits child pornography. Offenders who produce or possess it for the purpose of selling, renting, or distributing it for profit are subject to a maximum of seven years’ imprisonment. In addition, any possessor of child pornography may be fined up to 20 million won ($17,2300)" (20).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The law explicitly prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of age, physical condition, hometown, education, marital status, pregnancy, nationality, or medical history...There was no comprehensive mechanism to enforce all these provisions if discrimination occurred" (27). "The law requires equal pay for equal work when men and women do work of equal value in the same business" (27). "Discrimination occurred against persons with HIV/AIDs, women, persons with disabilities and migrant workers" (27). "Discrimination against women in both hiring and in employment continued. Women continued to experience a pay gap, and a higher percentage of women filled lower-paying, low-skilled, contract jobs. Women often faced difficulties returning to the workforce after childbirth. According...more
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The 2015 agreement with Japan on World War II “comfort women” (women trafficked for sexual purposes) remained controversial with some domestic and foreign civil society and survivor groups. In July, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung- wha instructed a civilian task force to review the 2015 comfort women agreement between South Korea and Japan. The independent task force’s nonbinding report, released December 27, raised concerns about the contents of the 2015 agreement and the process by which it was negotiated, particularly the lack of “adequate efforts” to include the views of the comfort women victims" (19).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Footage of a man hitting and kicking his former girlfriend before chasing her down a street in central Seoul with a truck in July triggered a police 100-day action campaign to combat violence against women" (18). "There were numerous cases of sexual harassment reported in the media throughout the year" (19).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: WAM-LAW-1

"The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family monitors song lyrics and may ban content it considers offensive" (8).