In South Korea, our country has the basic civil rights and liberties most other countries have. However, there is still restrictions of freedom pertaining to minority group. Discrimination against gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender (LGBT) people is still a problem in South Korea. Additionally, ethnic minorities, foreigners, refugees, and people with HIV are a major problem as well. They do not receive the same amount of support or advocacy from South Korea. My brother is gay, and he felt unsafe in expressing his true feelings in South Korea. He was scared if someone at his company knew he was gay, he may never get promoted or lose his job. Companies such as Hyundai are a big deal in South Korea and if you get into one, you best stay in it to advance up the ladder. To get a job like this, is seen as a big social status in South Korea. My brother felt pressured to conform to the expectations of the company and South Korea. Being a gay man in an organizational setting is not viewed as a good thing. South Korea does not take discriminatory cases very seriously and would not act if a company decided to drop an employee who was gay.
In South Korea, you can only be imprisoned for up to 7-years and a fine for the crimes committed. South Korea is less focused on crime and more concerned with monetary gains and improvements. They impose criminal penalties on anyone who tries to form an anti-government campaign and takes these groups very seriously. The government of South Korea tries to prevent people from portraying it in a negative fashion. People are not able to express what needs to be changed in our home country and this is a difference I see here in the United States where people are able to protest all over the nation without the government imposing criminal penalties onto the people.
South Korea has a migrant policy allowing migrants to travel to and work in South Korea, however the workers there are not treated well. They are required to work odd hours, long hours, and receive no overtime pay. They are paid significantly less money than a South Korean worker for the same work. Our country has a migrant policy but takes advantage of those coming to South Korea looking for work. They do not treat them equally. Migrant women are exposed to work conditions where sexual harassment may not be addressed. Some women have been trafficked through their new employers. Women in these situations felt they had no choice but to remain working because of their debt to the employers and lack of resources for help according to Amnesty International. They were scared if they ran away, they would lose legal status or be deported by the government.
Musakhodjaev, B. (2017) Stop human rights violation in South Korea
World Report 2018: South Korea, Human Rights Watch