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Women in South Korea forecast to outnumber men next year

South Korea will undergo a major demographic change next year when, for the first time, women will outnumber men — the result of an aging population. According to the state data agency Statistics Korea, the number of women in 2015 will reach 25.31 million compared to 25.3 million men. 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 ...

Oct 1, 2014

No images of Hong Kong protests appear in China's media

China’s government has cut off news about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of ...

Sep 29, 2014

U.N. envoy to target South Korea's racism

South Korea’s efforts to rid itself of a reputation for casual racial discrimination and overbearing ethnic nationalism will come under scrutiny this week from the U.N.’s top expert on racism. Tasked with assessing racism, xenophobia and related intolerance around the world, U.N. Special Rapporteur ...