No Gay Rights Charter in Seoul

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The Seoul Metropolitan Government Sunday announced it was indefinitely postponing the charter of human rights for citizens of Seoul after fierce protests from gay rights opponents.

The proposed charter was designed to increase awareness of human rights issues at a time when organizations were taking a close look at North Korea. However, a clause in the proposed charter sparked controversy and lingering oppression. The document stated a person “has the right not to be discriminated against based on his or her sexual orientation or sexual identity.”

This debacle raises an interesting question: Does Seoul’s failure to pass a human rights charter eliminate the the nation’s moral position on North Korea’s Human Rights abuses? Granted the violations in the DPRK are egregious, but what does it say about a nation who doesn’t safeguard the rights of all its citizens?

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