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Reporter : Bahk Eun-ji
Sat, January 28, 2023 | 15:07
Workers reluctant to receive booster shot without vaccine leave
Receiving a booster shot to defend against COVID-19 has become a necessity rather than an option as the government has made the vaccine pass system mandatory in order to access multiuse facilities within a six month expiration date window. However, many office workers are complaining about the additional dose because most companies are now not providing any vaccine leave, unl...
'Beep' sound for unvaccinated people feared to violate human rights
Criticism is rising over the government's plan to introduce a warning sound function to the vaccine pass system to check the validity period of the permit and identify unvaccinated people. Critics say it could violate their human rights and lead to discrimination, treating unvaccinated people like shoplifters or criminals with electronic anklets.
Stuck in snow
Vehicles are stuck in heavy snow on a sloping road in Mokpo, Sunday, after the city received a heavy snowfall. Southwestern parts of the country and eastern coastal cities have received huge amounts of snow since Saturday, while the mercury dropped to the season's lowest level so far in almost all parts of the nation, with Seoul's temperature going down to minus 15.5 degrees ...
Meeting on support for postpartum care
Lee Jae-myung, left, the presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, speaks during a meeting at the party headquarters in Seoul, Sunday, to discuss policy ideas on a public postpartum care service center, one of his campaign pledges. Yonhap
Rights watchdog to recommend gov't collect statistics on sexual minorities
The nation's human rights watchdog will recommend sexual minorities be included in the government's statistical and fact-finding surveys, concluding that Korea lacks any government-level efforts to learn about the demographics and current conditions of such people, it said, Sunday. The recommendation follows a series of cases where sexual minorities, including transgender peo...
60th anniversary of female journalists' group
Participants pose at an event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean Women Journalists Association at Korea Press Center in Seoul, Wednesday. From left in the front row are National Assembly Deputy Speaker Chung Jin-suk, People Power Party Chairman Lee Jun-seok, minor opposition Justice Party presidential candidate Rep. Sim Sang-jeung, the association's President Kim ...
Human rights commission investigates assault on Mongolian teen
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) said Wednesday that it has decided to conduct an investigation into a group assault by four middle school students of a girl originally from Mongolia. “We concluded that we need to look thoroughly into whether the school and the regional education office took proper initial measures in the case, whether the school's discip...
Korea sees rise in paternal leave, but still has long way to go
A growing number of fathers here are taking parental leave, with more than one in five of the parents taking childcare leave being male, as more are seeing parenting as a job done by mothers and fathers together. According to recent data from Statistics Korea, 169,345 workers went on parental leave last year. It was a 3.7 percent rise from 2019 and a 2.3-fold increase compare...
Umbrella union opposes ex-FM's bid for ILO leadership
One of the nation's two largest umbrella labor unions has voiced its disapproval of a former Korean foreign minister who is running for the top post of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The stance of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) is expected to sway the prospects of Kang Kyung-wha in the election slated for March 25 of next year.
Unvaccinated people getting desperate under toughened distancing rules at restaurants
Conflicts have been taking place at cafes and restaurants, after the government introduced new quarantine guidelines last Saturday. Under the new rules, people unvaccinated against COVID-19 are banned from using the establishments unless they are alone, but some eatery owners are not accepting such people even when they are alone.
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