During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on migrants, 2014
Republic of Korea presented voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidature for membership for the period 2016-2018 in May 2015.
Key pledges include: Cooperate with the international community to address human rights violations around the world; Cooperate with other states in the implementation of their obligations through technical assistance;Incorporate human rights perspectives into development cooperation;Help make the Council more effective and efficient, so that it can respond to urgent situations in a prompt manner; Cooperate fully with Special Procedures, the UPR and the Treaty Bodies; Support the work of the OHCHR; Implement the provisions of the international human rights instruments at national level; Consider withdrawal of reservations made to article 25e of the CRPD, and to article 21a of the CRC; Consider ratification of CPED and OP-CAT; Strengthen the implementation of the ‘Second National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights’ for 2012-2016; and enhance cooperation and partnership with civil society.
An analysis of steps taken by Korea in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that it has supported the work of the OHCHR, inter alia, by making voluntary financial contributions. Korea indeed ratified the OP-CAT, although it is yet to ratify the CED.
Regarding Korea’s pledge to withdraw its reservations to CRPD, in September 2014 the country informed the Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities of its intention to withdraw its reservation to article 25e. The country has a strong record of cooperation with Special Procedures. It maintains a Standing Invitation to visit, has facilitated 76% visit requests, and has responded to 85% of the communications received.