Friday, 14 May 2010

Lecture on Freedom of Speech

In light of Michael Breen's recent situation, you might be interested to know there's a special lecture on freedom of expression in Korea going on tomorrow.  Information here, from Ben Wagner, in a comment on Brian's blog.

The full comment from Brian's site:


The Samsung v. Breen issue couldn’t be more apropos. The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression just happens to be in town.

The last visit was 15 years ago and it is by sheer coincidence that from May 6-17 Mr. Frank La Rue, the current Special Rapporteur is here in Seoul on a "fact-finding mission".

For more info on Special Rapporteur La Rue see here.

The Special Rapporteur recently explained that his fact-finding mission "will be a good opportunity to assess the progress in enhancing the right to freedom of expression in the Republic of Korea fifteen years since my predecessor visited the country, particularly in the current context where the use of the Internet has become widespread . . . During my mission, I will gather first-hand information on the situation of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of the media, and the related right to freedom of assembly and association."
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Mr. La Rue will be speaking at Yonsei University this Saturday (May 15, 2010) at 10:30am. More info is available here.

A press conference might also be held at 2:30pm on Monday (May 17, 2010) at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Seoul (18F, Korea Press Center Building, Taepyongno-1Ga, Jung-Gu, Seoul) - but it's not confirmed. 

The office of the Special Rapporteur can be reached by email at freedex@ohchr.org – more info is available here.

The Republic of Korea addressed the UN Human Rights Council on March 2, 2010 and, in addition to discussing many other important issues, explained that the nation was "looking forward to the official visit this May of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, which has become a very important human rights issue in today’s world of information and communication." 

A video of the ROK’s address to the Human Rights Council is available here.

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