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Nov 24, 2014

Korean exam chief resigns over bungled questions

South Korea’s education minister apologized and the head of the national exam board resigned Monday after accepting that there were errors in two questions in the country’s cutthroat college entrance exam. The acknowledgement that mistakes were made followed a flood of complaints to the ...

South Korean children finish last in happiness survey

Nov 4, 2014

South Korean children finish last in happiness survey

South Korean children are the least happy in study among developed countries, the government said Tuesday, citing the stress of the country’s educational pressure cooker. South Korea ranked at the bottom among 30 countries in terms of children’s satisfaction with their lives, the health ...

Oct 20, 2014

Amnesty slams 'abuse' of migrant workers in South Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published on Monday. The report, which the South Korean Labour Ministry suggested was exaggerated, came on the heels of ...

Oct 10, 2014

China's human rights record worsening: U.S. report

A U.S. report released Thursday says China’s human rights record has worsened in key areas over the past year and that limits on free speech and assembly are growing. The annual report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China said the country has tightened restrictions ...

South Korea has serious problem with racism, U.N. envoy says

Oct 6, 2014

South Korea has serious problem with racism, U.N. envoy says

The U.N.’s top expert on racism outlined Monday “serious problems” faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse. Following a weeklong mission to Asia’s fourth-largest economy, during which requested meetings with ...