|16 groups of school and KungKwang held a press conference to demand for the democratic operation of Human Rights Center in front of the Main Hall. /Photograph by Chang Ji-hun|
On August 30th, a press conference to deliver students’ demands for the democratic operation of Human Rights Center was held by 16 groups of school and Kungkwang, Women’s Action Corp, in front of the Main Hall. They demanded ten requirements and the main requirement was to make public the process of discussion and ensure student’s participation in operating Human Rights Center.
In the press conference, they said all information should be shared with students when dealing with some cases such as sexual harassment. According to the rule of Human Rights Center, information about the case should not be revealed to anyone except the people related to the incident. However, in the case of group chatting sexual harassment in Department of Advertising and Public Relations last year, even victim did not know that a assailants’ punishment was mitigated and the assailant could go back to school last semester. Also, they said that the process and result should be informed to every student besides the victim if there is an agreement of the victim. This helps to come up with some solutions to prevent this kind of case from occurring again by having a chance to reflect the incident as a member of a community.
In addition, they mentioned that Human Rights Center should implement human rights education to every member of school and reflect the opinions of students when organizing the education contents. As an example, in human rights education of last semester, the education included some preposterous contents that the victims of sexual violence have to take care of themselves. Also, they demanded that Human Right Center have to hold a meeting of operation committee once a month. Students can participate in the meeting and express their opinions when deciding how to operate Human Right Center and some programs. However, this meeting did not be held even once a semester.
Yun Won-jeong, the Chairperson of the General Coed Student Council (GCSC), stated, “The amendment to the rule of Human Rights Center does not mean that it simply changes the rule. All members of Dongguk University who are under the influence of the Human Rights Center should discuss the direction and revision of the operation. The Ministry of Education recommends that Human Rights Center should make students participate in the process of revision. However, despite of the Ministry’s recommendation, Human Rights Center in Dongguk University still does not set students as subjects of discussion.” After they stated their demands, they went to the Office of Student Services to deliver the official document.
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