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South Korea court jails captain of capsized ferry for 36 years
November 11, 2014
A South Korean court sentenced the captain of the ferry Sewol to 36 years in jail after being found guilty of negligence. He was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The Sewol ferry capsized in April, killing 304 passengers, on a routine voyage to the island of....... [more]

UN rights expert urges South Korea to adopt anti-discrimination law
October 10, 2014
An independent UN human rights expert on Thursday urged South Korea to adopt an anti-discrimination law. UN Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere said an anti-discrimination law is particularly important because of increasing globalization, with many foreign workers coming to Korea for employ....... [more]

Apple, Samsung agree to forgo international patent lawsuits
August 8, 2014
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two comp....... [more]

ICC prosecutor finds no grounds to investigate North Korea war crime allegations
June 25, 2014
Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Tuesday that a preliminary investigation into North Korean attacks on South Korea did not satisfy the Rome Statute requirements necessary to initiate a full ICC investigation. The preliminary investigation was launched i....... [more]

South Korea court sentences opposition member of parliament to 12 years
February 17, 2014
The Suwon District Court in South Korea on Monday sentenced Lee Soek-ki to 12 years in jail for plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion. Lee, a member of the opposition United Progressive Party in South Korea's National Assembly, was arrested in September on charges that he discussed strikes on South....... [more]

South Korea court rules for Apple in Samsung patent dispute
December 12, 2013
A judge for South Korea's Seoul Central District Court on Thursday dismissed an attempt by Samsung to bans sales of certain Apple products in the country. Samsung claimed that Apple had infringed three patents with products such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad2, seeking 100 million won (USD $95....... [more]

AI: North Korea continues expansion of political prison system
December 5, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released new satellite images and an assessment of North Korea's political prison camps, which reveal new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities and continued tight security. In a report titled "North Korea: Continued Investment in the Infrastruc....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of lawsuit against Merrill Lynch
November 22, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by South Korea's Woori Bank against Bark of America's Merrill Lynch unit. The lawsuit, which concerned losses from USD $143 million of collateralized debt obligations, was dismissed in February by di....... [more]

South Korea enacted chemical castration law
July 24, 2013
On July 24, 2011, the South Korean Ministry of Justice announced the enactment of a law allowing the use of chemical castration on sex offenders convicted of attacking children under the age of 16 years old. Earlier that month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a similar bill calling for ch....... [more]

South Korea ruled newspaper restrictions unconstitutional
June 29, 2013
On June 29, 2006, South Korea's Constitutional Court struck down the Newspaper Law and the Press Arbitration Law as unconstitutional. The effects of each law would have been to place restrictions on the circulation of three conservation daily newspapers and to give the government authority to force....... [more]

South Korea ex-president targeted by bribery probe died in apparent suicide
May 23, 2013
On May 23, 2009, former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun committed apparent suicide by leaping off a 30-foot cliff, leaving a note stating that he did not want to burden the lives of those around him, following the commencement of a corruption investigation centered on Roh and his family. Roh was....... [more]


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