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:
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 >
WG on arbitrary detention, 2015, visit agreed with dates
The Republic of Korea presented voluntary pledges and commitments in support of its candidature for membership for the period 2020-2022 on July 2019.
Key international-level pledges included: cooperating with the international community to address human rights violations around the world; cooperating with other States on the implementation of their obligations through technical assistance; incorporating human rights perspectives into development cooperation; helping make the Council more effective and efficient, so that it can respond to urgent situations in a prompt manner; cooperate fully with the Special Procedures, UPR and Treaty Bodies; support the work of OHCHR;
Key national-level pledges included: implement the provisions of the international human rights instruments at the national level; consider withdrawing the reservations made to article 25e of the CRPD, and to article 21a of the CRC; consider ratifying the CED, OP-CAT, the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (The Palermo Protocol); 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 the Republic of Korea in fulfilment of its pledges shows that it has supported the work of the OHCHR, inter alia, by making voluntary financial contributions. The Republic of Korea indeed ratified the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the Palermo Protocol in 2015; although it is yet to ratify the CED and OP-CAT. The Republic of Korea fulfilled its pledges to withdraw its reservations to the CRC and CRPD.
The country has a strong record of cooperation with Special Procedures. It maintains a standing invitation to visit, has completed or accepted almost 90% of all visit requests, and has responded to 80% of communications received.