PSPD Newsletter: June-July 2012
- 2012.07.15 (00:59:25)
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PSPD Newsletter, June-July 2012
<Civil and Political Rights related activities>
1. Demographic diversity is required for the replacement of Supreme Court Justices
In regards to the replacement of four Supreme Court Justices scheduled in July, the Center for Judicial Watch of PSPD demands to appoint justices with different backgrounds and factors. Hence, PSPD held the conference on 22 May ‘Influence of the demographic diversity of supreme court justices on our lives’ and conducted a survey on 23 May. 1,000 throughout the nation both female and male aged 19 and the higher answered to questions on the Supreme Court and justices, and 58.9% responded that a social diversity is more important than job efficiency, and legal professional with non-judge background should also be selected.
However, the Supreme Court Justice Candidate Recommendation Committee ignored this public opinion and recommended 13 candidates mainly fell into the category of male, conservative and Seoul National University graduates. Raising an objection, PSPD organized the press conference on 5 June in front of the Supreme Court and urged the Committee to reconsider. PSPD will keep demand diversity during the replacement process including hearings of candidates.
2. The National Election Commission should disclose information on DDOS attack
Despite that Administrative Appeals Commission overruled the decision to close information on DDOS attack, the National Election Commission again refused to disclose on 13 June. It insists that its decision is based on 「Decrees on Disclosure of information by public organisations」and 「Protection of communications secrets Act」but fails to point out which requested information is not to be disclosed according to laws. Therefore, PSPD denounced the Commission for violating the Act of disclosure of information and will litigate to nullify the decision so that the facts on DDOS attack can be revealed.
3. PSPD urges to disclose the truth of illegal surveillance against civilians
PSPD calls for National Assembly hearings to reveal the truth of illegal surveillance against civilians, concealment of evidences, and the involvements of the blue house and the higher. Every personnel including the President Lee Myung-bak involved in this scandal should be called in to testimony at hearings. Therefore, PSPD announced the condemning statement on the briefing of prosecutor’s office on 13 June and held a press conference. It also organized a forum “Solutions for illegal surveillance against civilians” on 21 June which reviewed implications to resolve illegal surveillance by comparing it with the Water Gate and assessed the investigation of prosecutor’s office. Furthermore, it urged the National Assembly to investigate and hold hearings.
<Socio-Economic Rights related Activities>
1. PSPD issued the report on public day care centers
The Social Welfare Committee of PSPD issued the report <Status of public day care centers> analyzing current status of public day care centers by each regional government. The report shows an important indicator for how much the government has taken the responsibility for nursing children. After having looked into the statistics of the last three years for increase/decrease of public day care centers and its ratio compared to privates’, Incheon, Jeollanam-do and Gyeonggi-do in order, have devoted to provide more public day care centers while Daejeon, Gwangju and Jeju City showed low efforts. PSPD will continue to monitor nursing policy and demand for more public day care centers.
2. Looking for resolutions for Ssangyong Motors’ dispute and alternatives for layoff
PSPD and KyungHyang Daily have looked into the current status of Ssangyong Motors’ layoff and dispute, and published the series of five special reports ‘Tears of lay-offed employees of Ssangyong Motors’ on 18-22 June. In order to reinforce social safety net and conditions of layoff, the forum <Problems and measures to improve layoff learned from Ssangyong Motors’ dispute> was held on 26 June in cooperation with Democratic United Party. The dispute of Ssangyong motors is not a problem of a single company but a social matter. For that reason, it is necessary to improve regulations to make workers back to work and prevent overuse of layoff.
3. National budget 2013 designed by citizens
The Center for Tax Reform of PSPD held the forum <National budget 2013 designed by citizens> on 11 June preceding the open discussion which the government hosted to formulate the national finance management plan. In the forum, relevant organizations and experts presented major controversial issues on total amount, resource appropriation, and main contents of national finance management plan 2012-2016, and a bill of budget 2013. Moreover, the forum dealt with various categories of the budget including SOC, private business investments, energy, environment, jobs, welfare, finances for regional governments and defense.
PSPD will keep eyes on if the government listens and reflects opinions of civil society in planning and deliberating the national finance and the next year budget. It will monitor and assess if the priority is given to policies for working class and the weak, and whether expenditure policy is desirable and pursues the quality improvement of the people’s life.
4. Intensive activities to achieve democracy in economy and to reform Chaebol
The Civil Economy Committee of PSPD established <Civil Society Alliance to achieve democracy in economy and to reform Chaebol> in association with think-tanks of various sectors of the society, mass organization, concerned parties, experts and civic groups. On 22 June, the alliance held a forum <Changing the paradigm of Korean economy; from Chaebol economy for one percent to democracy in economy for everyone> and reviewed theories and opinions on both issues. It came up with major tasks and determined positive activities to make them happen. Democracy in Economy and Chaebol reform will secure the right to live for small-medium enterprises, small business owners, workers, ordinary people and consumers. They are the ways to save everyone by activating domestic economy and core assignment to realize universal welfare. PSPD will concentrate on proposing specific and practical bills in order to attain democracy in economy and Chaebol reform.
1. Korea’s ODA in the eyes of other countries
The working group of Official Development Assistance (ODA) Peer Review from Australia and Germany has visited Korea on 11-15 June to check the status of Korea’s ODA. This was the first visit since Korea has joined in DAC (Development Aid Committee) in 2010. The purpose of Peer Review is to get an assessment from peer countries if recommendations of the international society have been reflected and implemented to improve ODA.
Civil society including PSPD participated in the meeting with the working group and delivered opinions on how aid efficiency can be increased. Suggestions include the integration of responsible organisations for tied and non-tied aids, transparent disclosure of information and government’s cooperation with civil society. In particular, PSPD has pointed out that ODA is misused for resource diplomacy and reconstruction excuse for post-war nations. PSPD will send a statement of civil society to OECD elaborating its arguments and will not stop calling the Korean government for improving ODA policies.