Republic of Korea urged to adopt anti-discrimination law

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Mutuma Ruteere, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Republic of Korea has been urged by a UN independent expert to adopt an anti-discrimination law to address racism and xenophobia in the country.

UN Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere said it is essential the government address these issues, as more foreigners and migrant workers are living in South Korea.

Mr Ruteere added that during his most recent visit to the country, isolated incidents of racism and xenophobia were brought to his attention.

He said anti-discrimination legislation would allow the appropriate institutions to investigate and follow-up on the crimes.

The expert also recalled how a naturalized Korean woman was refused access to a public bath, as well as cases of taxi drivers turning customers who do not look Korean into the police.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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