Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 14th, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced its second basic plan in human rights policy for the next five years (2018 to 2022) with an emphasis on “inclusion.”
While the first basic plan for the last five years (2013 to 2017) introduced a value of human rights in the municipal administration for the first time, and laid a foundation that had contributed to taking away places where human rights are hardly guaranteed in daily lives of citizens, the second plan will make a step forward to make Seoul a city of “inclusive human rights,” according to the city government.
The second plan has the following four objectives:
First, the city will eliminate any places where there are no human rights. To protect the right to work for working teenagers, SMG will consistently study the real state of teens with part-time jobs; educate them and give consultations on their rights. For women suffering from dating violence or digital sex crimes that are usually out of the law’s boundary, a “women safety service” will be implemented to help out victims and prevent possible crimes. Professional “life coordinators” will provide individually customized consultations to single parents and single mothers.
Second, human rights-friendly urban environment will be created. SMG will continue its efforts to change welfare paradigm for those with disabilities by accelerating a deinstitutionalization of facilities for the handicapped. It will also improve pedestrian environment and apply universal designs to the transportation facilities for children, the disabled, senior citizens to increase urban spaces without barriers.
Third, human rights culture to respect differences will be promoted. To promote gender equality, prevailing sexual hate or discrimination in the society should be changed through trainings and activities citizens are able to participate in. Also the city will promote a diversity of city residents and abolish society’s prejudices against socially disadvantaged citizens.
Lastly, human rights system and its governance will be reinforced. To strengthen an institutional foundation for human rights protection and promotion, a “human rights center” will be founded, and a human rights effects evaluation will be carried out based on experiences and accumulated knowledges of human rights officers. To implement effective human rights policies, diverse voices from citizens, human rights activists and experts will be heard and a better understanding and a wider social consensus about human rights municipality will be formed.