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Protecting Victim Rights: The Role of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea

Wolman, A. (2009). Protecting Victim Rights: The Role of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. Journal of East Asia and International Law, 2(3), pp. 457-479. doi: 10.14330/jeail.2009.2.2.07


Since its establishment in the year 2001, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) has assumed the role of primary governmental entity addressing human rights issues in the country. In addition to investigating complaints of human rights violations and discrimination, the NHRCK has a policy advisory function, and engages in research, education, and publicizing of human rights issues. This article examines the role of the NHRCK, which came into being in part due to the advocacy of victim rights groups, in promoting and protecting victim rights. It addresses both the rights of crime victims and the rights of victims of human rights abuses. The article analyzes the different ways in which the NHRCK has addressed victim issues, while offering concluding observations as to how the NHRCK can more effectively promote and protect victim rights in the future.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Korea, Victim Rights, National Human Rights Commission, Restitution, Compensation, Counseling
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JX International law
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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