We, the Korean Society of Law and Policy on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, began to publish 『Human Rights Situation of LGBTI in South Korea』series in 2014, aiming at establishing a system for collecting and recording each year the important events, laws, movements, and history concerning LGBTI people in South Korea.
To accomplish such goals, we tried to touch on diverse fields relevant to sexual orientation and gender identity by referring to a list of issues used in the international community and sought to include all current laws concerning LGBTI people without omission. It was gratifying for us to see the first and previous report quoted in diverse academic papers and presentations during the past year.
South Korea is one of the countries with insufficient information on the status of LGBTI rights in the international community due to language and regional barriers. We have therefore keenly felt the need to translate into foreign languages and to distribute abroad information on the current issues and state of South Korea regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. On that account, we published an English version of the report as well this year.
We hope that this report will be widely read in South Korea and worldwide and make a meaningful contribution in documenting and understanding the current human rights situation of LGBTI people in South Korea.