Respect for Human Rights of the Vulnerable

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    Evaluation on the extend to which human rights are respected for each vulnerable groups

  • B. How to measure

    The average human rights score when each class is given 100 points for “highly respected” and 0 points for “not at all respected.”

  • C. Features and Sources

    Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity
    Rights to Equality State of Discrimination Human Rights Conditions Evaulation Subjective/Process National Human Rights Commission of Korea National Human Rights Awareness Survey 2005 5 years
  • D. Interpretation

    In terms of making improvements to human rights condition, it is necessary to determine whether the rights of vulnerable groups are properly respected. As the general human rights can be ensured if the rights of the vulnerable are well protected, the international community is making many efforts to identify and improve the rights of vulnerable groups in order to guarantee human rights to everyone. According to the index, Korean citizens generally give low marks when asked to evaluate how well the rights of the vulnerable are being respected in Korean society. More specifically, the human rights of women, children, adolescents, and the elderly were respected, while ex officio and sexual minorities were not respected. Compared to 2011, 2016’s evaluation score is high. This means that the Korean citizens feel that the rights of the vulnerable have improved in the Korean society. However, since the overall score is still low, the country needs to continue its pursuit of human rights for all.

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