South Korea slipping on LGBTI rights, activists warn

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01/18/2019

South Korea’s fledging LGBTI movement has triggered a conservative backlash, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned this week. In it’s 2019 world report, HRW said leaders had done little to protect the rights of LGBTI people in South Korea. The rights group noted 210,000 people had signed a petition against a pride parade in capital, Seoul. Anti-LGBTI protestors also blocked a pride festival in Incheon. Government education guidelines on sex education also discriminate against LGBT youth, HRW warned. What’s more, South Korea’s constitutional court is currently considering whether to dismantle a law that punishes sexual acts between male soldiers with up to two years in prison. Korean LGBTI activist Minsoo Kim told Gay Star News 2018 was a ’turning point’.

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