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 privacy, 2016; SR on the sale of children, 2016
The Republic of Korea tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015 on 4 September 2012.
Korea presents an impressive list of pledges and commitments for further action to support human rights. It commits to ratify or consider ratifying a range of international instruments, to withdraw reservations, and fully implement the provisions of instruments to which it is Party. Korea also makes concrete commitments to strengthen its cooperation with Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and the UPR, including by implementing recommendations made; to work closely with civil society; and to protect the rights of the most vulnerable. Korea furthermore commits to help other countries implement recommendations through technical assistance and capacity building, and by integrating a human rights perspective into its development policy.
An analysis of steps taken by Korea in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that it has indeed moved to ratify many of the conventions mentioned in its voluntary pledges including: the UN Convention against transnational organised crime; the Protocol to supress trafficking in persons, especially women and children; and the ILO maritime labour convention. 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. Korea has not, however, yet ratified CPED or OP-CAT. The country has a strong record of cooperation with Special Procedures. It maintains a Standing Invitation to visit, has facilitated 18 of 23 visit requests, and has responded to all communications.