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PSPD  l  People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy

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  • 2017.06.09
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PEOPLE’S SOLIDARITY FOR PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY(PSPD)
Non-Governmental Organization Seoul, South Korea

This is a short introduction of People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy for English users, as of June 2017. 

 

PEOPLE'S SOLIDARITY FOR PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY

 

WHO WE ARE

People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) is a non-governmental organization based in Seoul, South Korea. We were founded in 1994 by activists, scholars and lawyers who were engaged in various democratic movements for participatory democracy and human rights. PSPD has been working on promoting people’s participation in government decision making processes and socio-economic reforms, by closely monitoring the abuse of power of the state and corporations to enhance transparency and accountability. 

WHAT WE DO

 

WHAT WE DO

Watch 
We are a watchdog organization that closely monitors abuse of power by government and private coorporations. 


Alternatives 
We research and propose alternative policies, bills and measures to enhance the livelihood and the rights of people.


Participation
Members and volunteers are fundamental to our activities. Our operations depend on membership fees of around 15,000 members (as of January 2016). 


Solidarity
We stand in solidarity with local, glocal, and global people’s movements to uphold democracy. We promote and protect human rights of minorities and marginalized people.

 

MAIN CAMPAIGNS

MAIN CAMPAIGNS

People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) is a non-governmental organization based in Seoul, South Korea, founded in 1994. PSPD has been working on protecting people's participation in government decision making processes and socio-economic reforms, by closely monitoring the abuse of power of the state and corporations to enhance transparency and accountability.

 

  • 1994-2001 Campaign for social safety net and securing minimum living standard
  • 1994-Present Campaign to Protect Whistle-blowers
  • 1996-2001 Campaign to enact Anti-Corruption Act (enacted in 2001)
  • 1997-2007 Campaign for Minor Shareholders Rights of Chaebol(conglomerate) including Samsung Electronics
  • 2000, 2004 Civil Action for the General Election (CAGE) – No Vote for Corrupted Candidates Campaign
  • 2001-Present Campaign to lower mobile phone bill
  • 2002 Campaign against the purchase of F-15K Fighter
  • 2002-Present Campaign to amend the US-South Korea Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA)
  • 2003-2008 Campaign against dispatching Korean troops to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • 2004, 2006 Hope-up Campaign to raise minimum cost of living provided by the government
  • 2006-Present Open and Update a database website to monitor activities of members of parliament
  • 2006-2011 Campaign against the South Korea-US FTA
  • 2007-Present Campaign to lower expenses on university tuition fee
  • 2008 Campaign against the import of US beef with mad cow disease
  • 2009 Campaign to revise the Ordinance of Seoul Square for People’s Freedom of Assembly
  • 2010-Present Campaign to reinvestigate the sunken Cheonan warship incident
  • 2011-Present Campaign against the construction of Jeju naval base
  • 2012 Campaign to introduce living wage by Seoul Metropolitan local government
  • 2013-Present Campaign for economic democratization by protecting small merchants and regulating Chaebol(conglomerate)
  • 2013-Present Campaign calling for a transparent investigation of illegal intervention to the 2012 Presidential Election by the National Intelligence Service
  • 2014-Present Campaign to find truth of the Sewol ferry tragedy
  • 2014-Present 70 th year anniversary of liberation, Peace Now Campaign
  • 2015-Present Campaign to reform electoral system by expanding proportional representation
  • 2016-2017 People's Action for Immediate Resignation of President Park Geun-hye

 

DEPARTMENTS

Department

  • Center for Judicial Watch Monitoring the Prosecutor’s Office, courts, and lawyers to uphold the rule of law and bring institutional reform of the judicial body. 
  • Center for Legislative Watch Monitoring the activities of members of parliament and campaigning to reform the electoral system.
  • Center for Administrative Watch Monitoring public bureaus for a transparent and accountable policy making process. 
  • Center for Whistle-blower Support Supporting and protecting whistle-blowers. 
  • Public Interest Law Center Supporting public interest litigations for democracy and human rights
  • Committee for Fair Labor Society Monitoring labor policies and suggesting alternative labor policies to ensure fair working conditions. 
  • Center for People’s Livelihood Improvement Campaigning for lowering costs for telecommunication services, housing and education.
  • Committee for Social Welfare Monitoring social welfare policies and suggesting alternative policies to establish a welfare state.  
  • Center for Economic and Financial Justice Monitoring financial supervision institutes and the disproportionate economic power of the Chaebol (conglomerates) in order to establish economic justice. 
  • Center for Tax Reform Monitoring taxation and finance policies for fair taxation and tax system reforms.
  • Center for International Solidarity Building solidarity with international civil society to advocate various democracy and human rights issues. 
  • Center for Peace and Disarmament Advocating for peace, disarmament and a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. 
  • Academy Neutinamu Community education center for liberal arts, democracy and an engaged society. 
  • Institute for a Participatory Society Center for alternative policies and for publishing the biannual academic journal “Citizen and the World”. 
  • PSPD Youth Council Advocating for the voice of the youth

 

INDEPENDENT AND TRANSPARENT ORGANIZATION

PSPD does not receive any government funding. We are 100% funded by individual donations and membership fees. To be an independent and transparent watchdog organization, our mandate requires all works of PSPD to be politically impartial.

 

PSPD finance is based on three principles

  1. Our main source of income is individual membership fee. 
  2. We do not receive any government grants.
  3. Being financially independent is our priority.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Lawsuits - Civil, Criminal and Constitutional Cases
  • Legislations, Petitions
  • Request for Audit and Inspections of Government bodies
  • Press conferences, Panel discussions
  • Press Statement, Commentaries
  • Publications – Policy Report, Books, Periodicals 
  • Non-violent Direct Action – One person demonstration, Protests and Rallies 
  • Public Lectures, Community Courses
  • Internship Programs, Youth training

 

PSPD INFO
 

UN ECOSOC Consultative Status

PSPD has been actively engaging with UN bodies including the UN Human Rights Council and the Security Council. In 2004, PSPD obtained a consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 

 

PSPD is a member of several international and regional network organizations

  • Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
  • Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL)
  • Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • Reality of Aid (ROA)
  • Solidarity for Democratization Movement in Asia (SDMA)
  • World Alliance for Citizens Participation (CIVICUS)
  • International Campaign to Ablish Nuclear Weapon(ICAN)

 

Get involved

Join our Bi-Weekly newsletter (in Korean only)
Please visit www.peoplepower21.org/newsletter 

 

Become a Member / Volunteer
Contact pspdint@pspd.org, +82 (0)2 723 5051


Facebook @peoplepower21

Twitter @peoplepower21

Instagram @peoplepower21

 

Contact us
Address 16, Jahamunro 9-gil, Jongno-Gu Seoul South Korea (03036) 
Tel +82 (0)2 723 5051
Fax +82 (0)2 6919 2004
Email pspdint@pspd.org
Website www.peoplepower21.org/english

 

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