The Asia Human Rights Forum

Human Asia has hosted the Asia Human Rights Forum on an annual basis since 2006.
The forum seeks to conceptualise solutions on various regional human rights issues.
Human rights activists, scholars, government officials and international organisations come together to identify
and contemplate possible solutions to regional problems, and better understand trends in human rights research and strategies in Asia.
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The Asia Business and Human Rights Center (ABHRC) seeks to protect and promote human rights#
for all individuals within the context of regional corporate activity, for an inclusive and open Asia.
It aims to create an information sharing database platform and community,
and provide professional council for implementing rights-centered business in Asia.
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The Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

The Young Human Rights Activists Workshop is designed to support young human rights activists gain greater
international understanding and professional competence on human rights issues in Asia
Through educational training sessions and dialogue with regional experts and activists,
the workshop helps young people gain the skills necessary to lead the future human rights movement in Asia.
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Korea Refugee Film Festival

Human Asia co-hosts the Korea Refugee Film Festival under the Korea Refugee Rights Network. Show us your support for refugees and sign up for the 2020 Festival today.
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East Asia Young Activists Networking Program

The East Asia Young Activists Networking (EAYAN) Program seeks to help rising activists work
collaboratively and holistically towards finding solutions to pressing human rights concerns in East Asia.
It aims to both strengthen the capacity and networks of human rights activists, and foster and maintain cross-cultural cooperation
to the end of establishing a regional consensus on human rights protection in Asia.
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Human Rights Advocacy
Human Asia runs various human rights advocacy activities to spread the light of human rights across Asia.
By working together with research organisations, regional governments, civil society and businesses,
we strive to create an open world free from discrimination where everyone can access the rights that they are entitled to as human beings.

Through our various advocacy programs, Human Asia works towards a peaceful and
progressive world; as envisioned in the UDHR.


  • Human Asia provides human rights-related education and training programs for young people to learn about diverse human rights issues, and gain practical experience and knowledge
Our Programs
The International Model UN Human Rights Council UPR/The Model UN Human Rights Council UPR for High Schools/Human Rights Schools/The Young Human Rights Activists Workshop

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  • Human Asia creates multi-cultural networks to collectively address regional human rights issues and connect with activists from across Asia
Our Programs
East Asia Young Activists Networking (EAYAN) Program/Youth Human Rights Clubs/Community Leader Scholarship Program/Global Vision Scholarship

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  • Human Asia conducts strategic and practical research to create a consensual basis on regional human rights
Our Programs
Asia Business and Human Rights Center (ABHRC)/Human Asia-SSK Student Paper Competition/Asia Human Rights Forum/SSK Human Rights Forum

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  • Human Asia engages in peaceful campaigns to raise awareness on regional human rights violations
Our Programs
UAEM Korea /Joint Action on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination/Korea Refugee Film Festival/Diverse project campaigns

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Human Rights Advocacy News

2020.12.17 'Business and Human Rights: Trends and Challenges' Forum (organized by Human Asia; and co-hosted by the Ministry of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea) Human Asia organized the forum titled ‘Business and Human Rights: Trends and Challenges' at the Novotel Ambassador Dongdaemun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on December 4, 2020 in tandem with the Ministry of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. The forum, which was the first-ever to be co-hosted by the Ministry of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, provided a space to facilitate discussion for both state and business enterprises to more effectively implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and enhance corporate responsibility. As the supply chain of companies has recently expanded overseas due to ongoing globalization, the issue of human rights management by business enterprises has emerged as an international agenda. The roles and responsibilities of business enterprises and governments for human rights management are being consequently growing in importance and being internationally emphasised. Accordingly, in South Korea, the Ministry of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea signed a MOU on May 26 to promise mutual cooperation for the domestic growth of effective human rights management, so that human rights management can further grow and be realized in private companies beyond state-owned enterprises. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, all overseas and some domestic speakers attended online. General attendees also attended online. Sign language interpretation was provided and the forum material book was produced with VOICEYE (voice-speaking) embedded for enhanced access. In Session 1, moderated by Sang-Soo Lee (Professor of the Graduate School of Law at Sogang University and Executive Director of the Asia Business and Human Rights Center), activists from international civil society groups were invited to discuss various cases of human rights abuses and violations in business operations. In Session 2, moderated by Changrok Soh, (President of Human Asia, Member of the UN Human Rights Committee on Civil and Political rights and Professor of the Graduate School of International Studies at Korea University), experts and government officials were invited to discuss international trends in business and human rights. Additionally, Seryeon Ryan Song, (Professor of the Graduate School of Law at Kyung Hee University and Executive Director of the Asia Business and Human Rights Center) emphasized the necessity of establishing a stand-alone National Action Plan (NAP) on business and human rights, and legalizing mandatory human rights due diligence. Following this, Minwoo Kim (Research Professor at the International Human Rights Center of Korea University and Managing Director of the Asia Business and Human Rights Center) presented an analysis of the disclosure status of the human rights impacts assessment reports by state-owned enterprises, which was conducted by the Asia Business and Human Rights Center for the last three months. In addition, he emphasized that an increasing number of state-owned enterprises have been carrying out human rights management on the basis of the manual published by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. Changrok Soh promised to resolve the relevant issues discussed in this forum through the Asia Business and Human Rights Center housed at Human Asia and emphasized the need for the direction and consistency of government policies.
2017.05.30 The 2017 SSK International Conference on Human Rights (2017.05.30) SSK 인권포럼과 휴먼아시아, 고려대학교 국제인권센터가 공동주최한 SSK 인권 학술 컨퍼런스가 5월 30일 (화) 고려대학교 국제대학원에서 열렸습니다. 본 컨퍼런스는 ‘Pushback Against Human Rights: Scope, Cause, and Solutions’ 라는 주제로 국·내외 인권분야 석학들의 연구발표 및 토론과 질의응답 시간으로 구성되었습니다. 이번 SSK 인권 학술 컨퍼런스는 최근 세계적인 추세로 일어나고 있는 인권발전의 저해를 다루며 그 범위, 근원, 그리고 가능한 해결 방법에 대한 고민과 토론으로 이루어졌습니다. 서창록 고려대학교 인권센터장님의 축사로 시작된 본 컨퍼런스는 총 3개의 세션으로 구성되어, 각 세션 사회자의 진행에 따라 발표자들의 연구발표 후 토론자들의 의견 및 질의응답 시간이 이어졌습니다. 첫 번째 세션은 ‘국제 인권의 저해”라는 주제로 구정우 성균관대 교수님께서 사회를 맡으셨습니다. 본 세션에서 크리스토퍼 파리스 (Christopher Fariss) 미 미시건대 교수님께서는 각종 인권관련 지표가 뜻하는 바에 관해, 이 지표들은 표면적으로 나타나는 것 외에 국제 사회에 뿌리깊은 문제들을 나타낼 수도 있다는 연구 결과를 발표하셨습니다. 또 섀넌 그린 (Shannon Green) Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) 수석고문은 보복 테러행위와 트럼피즘, 푸티니즘과 같이 신-권위주의적 추세를 다뤄주셨습니다. 뒤이어 아만다 머디 (Amanda Murdie) 미 조지아주립대 교수님과 데이비드 크로우 (David Crow) 멕시코 경제교육연구소 (CIDE) 교수님은 각각 인권 운동에 있어서 시민사회의 중요성에 대한 연구 결과를 발표하셨습니다. 마지막으로 코트니 힐브레히트 (Courtney Hillebrecht) 미 네브래스카 주립대 교수님께서 국제 인권 레짐과 국제 재판소 사이의 정치역학을 분석한 연구 발표를 해주셨습니다. 두 번째 세션은 김남국 고려대 교수님의 사회와 함께 경제∙사회권의 증진을 주제로 진행되었습니다. 먼저 데이비드 프랭크 (David Frank) 미 캘리포니아 주립대 교수님께서 국가적인 인권 보호 제도가 사회에서 잘 이행될 수 있도록 도와주는 요소들에 대한 연구결과를 발표해주셨고, 김민지 이화여대 교수님께서는 1인가정과 그들의 인권에 대해 흥미로운 발표를 해주셨습니다. 이어서 남승현 고려대 교수님께서는 기업과 인권에 대해, 최재성 성균관대 교수님께서는 한국의 교육과 인권에 대한 발표를 해주셔서 경제권과 사회권에 관련된 여러 가지 인권 양상을 돌아볼 수 있었습니다. 세 번째 세션에서는 “세계화의 시대에서 변화하는 인권”이라는 주제와 김상준 연세대 교수님의 사회로 빠르게 변하는 시대에 발맞춰 함께 변화하고 있는 인권의 양상을 살펴보았습니다. 에반 쇼퍼 (Evan Schofer) 미 캘리포니아 주립대 교수님께서는 대학을 기반으로 퍼지는 환경주의와 인권의 관련성에 대한 연구 결과를 발표해주셨고, 데이비드 수아레즈 미 워싱턴대 교수님께서는 인권, 개발, NGO 참여에 관해 발표하셨습니다. 또 황태희 연세대 교수님께서 그 뒤를 이어 경제적 제재와 재해준비성에 관련한 연구를 공유해주셨고, 마지막으로 다니엘 코널리 (Daniel Connolly) 고려대 교수님께서 요즘 이슈가 되고 있는 4차 산업혁명과 인권에 대해 발표하셨습니다. 이와 같이 본 국제 인권 컨퍼런스에서는 세계적으로 일어나고 있는 인권저해의 요소들과 해결 방안을 함께 살펴보았으며, 인권저해의 국제적인 추세에 대한 우려와 다양한 인권의 분야와 요소, 또 이에 대응하기 위한 여러 방안을 함께 나누는 유의미한 논의가 진행되었습니다. 각 세션의 연구발표가 끝난 후에는 활발한 질의응답 시간과 토론을 통해 다뤄진 주제들에 대한 높은 관심을 확인할 수 있었습니다. 올해도 SSK 인권 컨퍼런스를 통해 인권에 대한 이해와 논의가 더욱 깊어지길 기대하며, 2017년 본 컨퍼런스를 성공적으로 마무리 하였습니다.
2011.12.24 HUMA Dolls Campaign for Nepalese children(2011.12.24) What I experienced in the HUMA Dolls CampaignFirst Story_ Yunju Lee from SAWL For vacation, I started a meaningful volunteer work with UNESCO club, SAWL, which was the ‘HUMA Doll Campaign’. HUMA dolls, deriving from Human Asia, are hand-made dolls which are adapted, or sold, to the sponsors after the makers name them. The money from adoption is spent to help the vulnerable social groups. Our club, in fact, planned to do ‘Brother Doll’ making event a few months ago, but sadly, could not manage to finish it after hesitating too much. However, Human Asia came to support us to participate in doll-making event just in time, persuading all the members of our club to decide to participate in the campaign. At first, it was hard to make clothes for the dolls, and I pricked my fingers with a needle many times because of my clumsy sewing. However, because of the help from instructors from ‘Rucy and friends’, I was able to finish my dolls. My friends from the club all doubted that anyone would adopt the dolls I made, but after all the efforts I had put, I fell in love with HUMA dolls so much that I thought to adopt them for myself if no one would adopt the dolls. After finishing the dolls, we wanted to do a meaningful activity with HUMA dolls, and we came up with a campaign, ‘Let’s adopt HUMA dolls and help Nepalese children.’ Intending to donate money raised from the campaign, we searched for more details about HUMA dolls and Nepalese children. I didn’t have much interest in Nepal before, but as I researched into Nepal, I was surprised to see how serious Nepal’s real situation was. Particularly a picture of a nine-year-old Nepalese girl’s hand, which I found, made me cry a lot. Despite her youth, her hands were full of blisters and wrinkles like those of an old lady’s. I looked back to my past and felt sorry that I complained and whined about things so trivial. Also, I felt guilty that I was too ignorant of the situation in Nepal. I decided to care for countries that received no attention from the press and look for what I could do for those countries. Because I wanted to let my friends and seniors know about the Nepal’s situation, we decided to open an event on the coming Monday and Tuesday. Expecting more people to come and see the event, we chose the place in front of cafeteria where many people pass by. I put summary about Nepal in one page and wrote down the details of HUMA dolls on another page, making two pickets to post before the cafeteria. I also posted a notice on the wall in each classroom. I could not afford much time but it was worth it to be busy posting promotion materials in the early mornings and letting people be aware of Nepal’s actual conditions. On the event day, I dressed in a suit, arranged the dolls, and explained what the event was about to those who came to look around. When students who didn’t seem to have much interest in this kind of matter came to see the event, I could see all my efforts were very valuable. Teachers paid close attentions to our event, and many of them adopted our dolls. Even though many dolls were left out with us at the end, the event, for its own sake, was worthy enough, as it increased people’s awareness of Nepal and HUMA dolls. I hope to participate in such an activity another time and will keep paying attention to Nepalese children.Second Story_ Ye-in Lee from SAWL During the club ‘UNESCO’ meeting, there came up an idea to make ‘HUMA dolls’. I was worried at first, but then I found myself completing a doll with helps from the instructors and my friends. I really did my best to make the doll with red eyes, taking all the needle pricks on my fingers. For we made the dolls on our own, we could not help loving the dolls so much that some of us even called the dolls ‘our babies’ and treated them as our younger siblings. It was not easy to dress up the doll and attach hair to it all at once but it surely was very pleasurable once I finished my doll. When I named the doll ‘Annie’, my English name, I really felt as if I had earned a real sister. First, we decided to display the dolls for adoption at school. Though the adoption cost was 30,000 won, which was quite expensive for students to pay, many warm-hearted students actually bought the dolls hoping to help Nepalese children. The more important thing was that there were many students who decided to help Nepalese children living in difficult conditions regardless of the ability to afford to buy the dolls. It was possible because we related the HUMA dolls to individual Nepalese children, letting friends know about Nepalese children; we actually attached one Nepalese kid’s profile on each doll to make people regard the doll as the child attached. The rest of the dolls will be displayed through HUMA Doll website. My doll was not adopted in the event held at school. I wish she would find a good parent. Now the word ‘HUMA Dolls’ sounds very familiar to me after all I have gone through. By making the doll, I found true love that should be given to the children. I now can love the children, which I’m supporting, even more; I will treat them as not as sponsored children but as ‘brothers and sisters.’ Why don’t you become a big sister or brother for those poor children and give them a true love?