Republic of Korea National Report.doc - Republic of Korea National Report 1 Introduction A The ROK's Position on the UPR 1 The Republic of Korea(ROK

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Republic of Korea National Report 1. Introduction A. The ROK's Position on the UPR 1. The Republic of Korea (ROK), with the experience of transforming itself from an authoritarian regime of the past to a democratic nation in a short period of time, fully recognizes the importance of human rights as a universal value. Benefiting from the valuable lessons learned in this process, we are deeply committed to adhering firmly to the principles of human rights. Accordingly, the ROK has continued to promote and protect human rights at the domestic level, and consolidated cooperation in the human rights field at the international level. The ROK government is deeply aware of the fact that protecting human rights is not a political option but rather a responsibility and a duty which is inherently linked with the very "raison d’être" of the nation. 2. The ROK has been playing a full role in UN activities to protect and promote international human rights, including by taking an active part in establishing the UN Human Rights Council as a founding member. Furthermore, the Government is also currently exerting efforts to strengthen domestic human rights institutions. In this regard, we established the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights ("NAP") in May 2007 which sets comprehensive policy goals for the promotion and protection of human rights. 3. Having been through the dark tunnel of human rights oppression in the past, the ROK is now reaffirming its resolute commitment of "all human rights for all". To this end, we stand ready to exchange views with other UN Member States, international organizations, and NGOs through the UPR process. Indeed, the UPR offers the ROK an opportunity to explore ways to identify and overcome numerous challenges and limitations. The Government is ready to discuss the human rights situation through genuine dialogue and cooperation within the Human Rights Council and seek advice from other international human rights organizations as well as NGOs. The ROK hopes to further consolidate its capacity in the promotion and protection of human rights in this way. B. Methodology and Process of Consultations 4. The National Report as part of this review outlines the normative and institutional framework, policies and their implementation in the protection and promotion of human rights. It also sets out best practices to be shared with other Member States. In addition, the Government will concentrate on clarifying the constraints faced in reality and, through dialogue and cooperation with the international community, will seek to identify solutions together in those fields of human rights in which improvements are required. 1
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5. This report has been prepared in line with the guidance provided in Resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007 by the Human Rights Council, and on the General Guidelines for the Preparation of Information under the Universal Periodic Review set out in Document A/HRC/6/L.24.
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