South Korea: LGBT protesters occupy Seoul City Hall after rights charter axed

Published: December 7, 2014

Nick Duffy
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The Seoul Metropolitan Government had been due to enact a charter next week, on December 10 – Human Rights Day – which included the right “not to be discriminated against based on his or her sexual orientation or sexual identity”.

However, after it picked up flack from church groups and conservatives, the planned charter was postponed indefinitely.

A statement from the Seoul Metropolitan Government had said: “The charter of human rights for Seoul citizens is supposed to be a pact created and enacted by the citizens themselves.

“Unfortunately, working on this charter has been creating more social conflicts. We would like to take more time to listen to a variety of opinions from our citizens on this matter.”

LGBT protest group Rainbow Action yesterday began staging a sit-in over the incident, demanding that Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon apologise for the debacle.

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