Human Rights Day & Next Meeting

Happy Human Rights Day!

December 10th is International Human Rights Day, to commemorate the signing
of the 1948 adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. Read the Universal Declaration here:
This year’s Human Rights Day’s theme is human rights defenders who act to end
discrimination. Learn more about today’s worldwide events and celebrations from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights here.

Busan Human Rights meeting – Seomyeon Nov. 27th

Do you care about stuff? People all over the world are working every day to improve people’s living conditions. If you’d like to learn more about all the great things that are being done to protect people’s rights, ask questions and share your opinions, we’d love to talk with you. We’re a local group of people who like learning about solutions to some of the world’s problems, and meeting other people who care about the world, too. We’re all busy, the same as you, so if you have time for a coffee and conversation, that’s all the time we ask. We meet one Saturday a month for 2 hours. We’d love to see you there. No need to RSVP, just stop by if you have time. Here are the details:

Busan Human Rights Get-Together: Share Your Ideas!

Are you tired of the bar scene? Do you want to meet other people

who are interested in helping people, and talking about topics of
real impact? Then you’re exactly who we’re looking for.
I’d like to invite you to a meet-up in Seomyeon on Saturday, October 23rd.
This isn’t a formal group meeting, but a chance to get together and talk about
what you’re interested in, what you’d like to know more about, and how
you’d like our meetings to go. We want our meetings to be fun, interactive,
and inspiring. The only thing we’re assuming is that you’re interested in
talking about social and political problems, here in Korea and worldwide,
and that you’re concerned about other people’s freedom to live decent lives.
That’s it, no further expertise required.

May 16th – Dongria Kondh Presentation

This month’s meeting will be at Busan Racetrack. We will meet at 11:30 a.m at Hadan subway station Exit 6 and will take a bus from there.

Thomas will be presenting some information about the Dongria Kondh Indian tribe. Below is a 11 minute video to help familiarize yourself about this potentially displaced community.

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Sex Workers in Busan?

I’m currently talking to Amy, who’s interested in organizing/helping sex workers in Busan. She has a few questions:

Are there sex workers in Busan?
What’s the situation?
Are there any humanitarian groups related to sex workers?

Does anybody have any more information about this? Websites, phone numbers, gossip?

She writes “I was hoping to find something like that in Busan, I’ve read that their red-light district is a big source/destination for trafficked women and thought that I might be able to find a place to volunteer. Do you happen to know of any? If not, what do you think the possibility of starting something up within your group would be? Even if it’s just teaching English/job skills to underprivileged girls so they don’t wind up in an abusive situation.”

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Korea’s Overseas Volunteer Corps 3rd Largest in World

Korea’s corps of overseas volunteers is the third largest in the world, statistics revealed on Sunday. According to the statistics by the state-run Korea International Cooperation Agency, Korea sends 1,000 new volunteers to 43 countries every year, third only to the Peace Corps of the U.S. (3,801 volunteers to 72 countries) and the Japan’s Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (2,000 volunteers).

Even when considering the total number of volunteers at work, as volunteers usually have a two-year contract with the KOICA, Korea still ranks third with 1,538 volunteers in 43 countries. The U.S. has 8,079 volunteers in 74 countries, and Japan has 3,147 in 77 countries. Germany is in fourth place with 970 volunteers in 42 countries.

Full Chosun Ilbo article:
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/03/22/2010032200764.html

KOICA’s website:

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