화요일, 9월 21, 2004

 

Roh Pledges to Help Improve Human Rights Globally

http://www.koreaemb.org/archive/2004/9_2/foreign/foreign1.asp

President Roh Moo-hyun pledged on September 14 that the government make efforts to contribute to improving human rights in the global community. During the international human rights forum at Seoul's Lotte Hotel, President Roh said, "Our people have successfully overcome the dark era of human rights violations and are now opening a new chapter of human rights and democracy." The President said this on account of the earlier periods of authoritarian rule of the country when human rights were often neglected in the name of efficiency and modernization of the nation, which emerged from devastation caused by the Korea War in 1950-53. "We will not return to the past history of human rights violations," Roh said. "We will try to further contribute to enhancing human rights at the international level." At the seventh International Conference for National Human Rights Institutions President Roh assured that his government and the ruling party is currently pursuing the legislation to investigate human rights violations and other misconduct that took place under the previous authoritarian governments. The International Conference, which was aimed at protecting and promoting human rights, attracted approximately 180 partakers from 60 countries, including Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and other high-profile U.N. officials, professors, and activists in the field. Korea's Foreign Ministry held an additional international conference on human rights on September 15-16. The seminar on Good Governance Practices for the Promotion of Human Rights attracted about 150 participants, including such high profile people as Madam Arbour, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights; Rodriguez Cuadros, a former Peruvian foreign minister; Abjul Koroma, a judge at the International Court of Justice; Vitit Muntarbhorn, a Thai professor named as the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea; and Surin Pitsuwan, a former Thai foreign minister."The meeting is a follow-up to last year's resolution by the U.N. Human Rights Commission," Kwak Bum-soo, a Foreign Ministry official, said. The conference comprised four sessions on promotion of rule of law, strengthening the delivery of services contributing to the realization of human rights, strengthening democratic institutions and participation and combating corruption in the public and private sectors.

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