Note verbale dated 14 March 2008 from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the General Assembly
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations presents its compliments to the President of the General Assembly at its sixtysecond session and has the honour to inform him that the Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to present its candidature for membership to the Human Rights Council in the elections to be held in May 2008, during the sixtysecond session of the Assembly, in New York.
In this regard, the Government of the Republic of Korea has the honour to submit herewith a written pledge of its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in accordance with General Assembly resolution 60/251 (see annex). The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea would be grateful if the present note verbale and its annex, could be circulated as a document of the Assembly under agenda item 113 (d).
II. Pledges and Commitments
In line with its dedication to the noble aim of the promotion and protection of human rights, the Republic of Korea commits itself:
To further advance human rights at the national level
1. By taking the following steps with respect to and to the withdrawal of reservations made to and the participation in the UN uman rights instruments in accordance with the recent advancement of human rights in the ROK including legal amendments and institutional development in a wide array of fields:
- examining the withdrawal of its reservations made to the CEDAW Convention (16-1 g) in the near future;
- considering the accession of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture in the near future;
- considering the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- signing the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance;
2. By continuing to consider te ratification of the ILO Fundamental Conventions:
- Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention (No. 87)
- Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention (No. 98)
- Forced Labour Convention (No. 29)
- Abolition of Forced Labour Convention (No. 105)
3. By duly implementing the 'National Action Plan on Human Rights (NAP)' for 2007-2011. The NAP, a blueprint for human rights policy, will set out guidelines for the advancement of human rights in a comprehensive and forward-looking manner.
4. By enhancing cooperation and partnership with civil society in ensuring the protection of human rights and good governance in the process of the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policy.
5. By strengthening human rights education to enhance public awareness and thereby incorporate human rights into the mainstream in all sectors of society.
To further contribute to the advancement of human rights at the international level)
1. By supporting member states in their implementation of human rights obligations with technical cooperation as well as encouraging states to become parties to the core human rights treaties.
2. By offering cooperation at the bilateral level as well as through the UN system for the strengthening of democracy, good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
3. By contributing to ongoing work aimed at improving the international human rights framework, such as reform of the treaty body system and the work of the OHCHR.
4. By cooperating fully with the treaty monitoring bodies, including through the timely submission of periodic reports, and acting promptly and in good faith on their concluding observations and recommendations.
5. By promoting intra- and cross-regional democratic progress and cooperation such as by providing technical expertise and offering full cooperation to countries requesting assistance in building democratic institutions and playing an active role in within the framework of the Community of Democracies (CD).
6. By participating actively in the discussions for the creation of regional and sub-regional machinery for promotion and protection of human rights in the Asia-Pacific region.
7. By contributing to the process of identifying and clarifying standards with regard to new human rights issues such as those in bioethics and information technology.
To contribute to the work of the Human Rights Council
1. By actively taking part, in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation, in the HRC's activities and discussions for the mainstreaming of human rights.
2. By doing its share to enable the Council to respond promptly and effectively to human rights abuses.
3. By demonstrating a strong commitment to the realization of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights with the same emphasis on each and on an equal footing.