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  • Enacting the “Seoul Charter of Human Rights”
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 566]

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    I would like to bow my head and apologize to every Seoul citizen and those citizens, who were part of the Citizens’ Committee to pursue the enactment of the “Seoul Charter of Human Rights,” for the events that have taken place in the process of enacting the “Seoul Charter of Human rights.”

    And I believe it is certainly heartbreaking that the Seoul Metropolitan Government was unable to come to an agreement with the Citizens’ Committee.

    I should have been more cautious and more responsible, yet I could not.

    And I am keenly aware that all the unsavory incidents that took place during the discussion are my responsibility,

    I confess that it was a tough and severe time for me as my whole life’s work has been wrongfully repudiated through this incident.

    But on the other hand, I was able to reflect on my life.

    I lost sleep over preserving my identity as a former civil rights worker and a human rights lawyer, the rigid fact that I am currently the incumbent mayor of Seoul, and my vision of becoming a mediator of conflict.

    I was lost for words for a while.

    Since the “Seoul Charter of Human Rights” is a social agreement and a promise that our citizens voluntarily proposed, I believed that the process of coming to an agreement is important for all.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government was unable to attend the declaration of the “Seoul Charter of Human Rights.”

    But we fully appreciate the devotion of the Citizen Committee members who were dedicated in their resolve to draw out an agreement.
    However, despite their efforts, I thought that we needed more time and deeper social discussion as we are faced with this brutal conflict.

    I will fully take responsibility for all that follows my choice.

    And I will work hard to eliminate all existing discrimination from where I am currently standing.

    I still stand by my “initial pledge” to create a “Seoul without discrimination,” standing against every kind of discriminatory activity.