South Korea: Lawmakers must seize chance to pass landmark anti-discrimination act

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08/09/2021

Responding to the introduction of yet another bill that seeks to forbid discrimination across South Korean society, including on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, Suki Chung, East Asia Campaigner at Amnesty International, said: “The introduction of this anti-discrimination bill, combined with existing draft laws on the matter, represents a historic opportunity for South Korea to finally broadcast to the world that violations of the right to equality will no longer be tolerated anywhere in society.” “By passing this legislation, South Korea can outlaw discrimination in all its forms, including against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, who have suffered historic and systemic discrimination in the country.” “During military service, LGBTI people suffer stigmatization, harassment, violence and criminalization, while marriage and other legally recognized partnerships continue to be denied to same-sex couples across the country.” “In recent years, South Korea has made great advances in the protection of human rights, yet continues to let down its LGBTI communities and other disadvantaged groups. The National Assembly must finally seize the chance to pass this landmark law and set things right.” “We urge legislators to pass a comprehensive law that fulfils South Korea’s international human rights obligations to protect all people from discrimination, allowing the country to serve as a leading light on equality in the region.”

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