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South Korea: The new Olympics human rights requirements should encourage South Korea to grant amnesty to unfairly jailed trade unionists

Author: Minky Worden, The Washington Post, Published on: 15 February 2018

"South Korea should honor its Olympics workers by releasing jailed labor leaders", 12 February 2018

The Olympic Charter’s core principle is human dignity. In early 2017, the International Olympic Committee at last added human rights protections into host city contracts, starting with the 2024 Summer Olympics. IOC President Thomas Bach has also aligned the IOC with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ... South Korea’s new president and the host of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is a human rights lawyer, Moon Jae-in. A former student activist, Moon is uniquely positioned to take up human rights as a central platform of his administration, and he can use the leverage of the Olympics ... Moon pardoned 6,444 prisoners — but not the unjustly jailed trade unionists. The PyeongChang Olympics present the perfect opportunity to honor the workers who constructed the facilities by absolving and releasing these labor leaders from prison.

[Refers to: KCTU]

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