Experience of Discrimination

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    Individual experience of discrimination

  • B. How to measure

    Percentage of respondents who answered ‘yes’ to the question ‘Have you experienced discrimination?’ due to each factor

  • 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 Experience of Discrimination Subjective/Process National Human Rights Commission of Korea National Human Rights Awareness Survey 2005 5 years
  • D. Interpretation

    In order to improve the human rights situation in the country, it is very important to understand the discrimination that people are actually experiencing. Identifying what kind of discrimination infringes human rights could be a stepping-stone for the state in suggesting appropriate policies and activities. Looking at the indicators, we can see that gender, age, and education level are the main discriminatory factors. This suggests that, in order to improve the human rights of Korean society, policy proposals and activities should be carried out mainly for the issues that were mentioned above. In addition, comparing the 2011 and 2016 data, it can be seen that the experience of discrimination in each category has not changed prominently. This means that the human rights situation in the Korean society has not changed significantly over the past five years, and implies that more efforts are needed in improving the human rights situation in the future.

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