Extra! Korea

May 5, 2009

National Human Rights Commission finds eight cases similar to actress Jang Ja-yeon’s

Filed under: celebrities, crime, suicide — extrakorea @ 6:37 am

About a week ago, it was announced that Korea’s human rights commission would investigate, among other things, the contracts of female entertainers.

Korea’s human rights watchdog is to investigate the contracts of female entertainers as part of efforts to improve the human rights of vulnerable groups.

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) announced its working plan for 2009 Tuesday and said it will launch an investigation into the working conditions of the entertainers.

The recent suicide of actress Jang Ja-yeon triggered the commission’s action. She was found dead after her agency allegedly forced her to provide sex to several high-powered entertainment figures and journalists.

The NHRCK estimated that many other actresses are exposed to sexual exploitation within the entertainment industry, while most of them were uninsured and underpaid.

“There hasn’t been a systematic case study of the human rights conditions of female entertainers so far,” an official of the commission said.

[ snip ]

The study, expected to be wrapped up by the end of the year, is intended to serve as a supplement in creating policies to improve rights protection for the broader entertainment industry, it said.

(sources one and two)

I was skeptical, since the Jang Ja-yeon investigation has been wrapped up, at least for now, and all of the really big fish seem to have escaped the net. However, they say that they’ve found eight similar cases.

The National Human Rights Commission (국가인권위원회) announced on the 28th that its investigation of human rights violations of entertainers has turned up eight such cases.

I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude, as I’m wondering if anything will come of it.

After they are checked by outside experts the Commission sends the reports to various organizations in an effort to have them reflected in the law and official policy.

(source: Korea Beat)

1 Comment »

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