Delegation visit from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea

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In late August 2023, the International Centre in Graz welcomed a delegation from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) to exchange ideas, approaches, as well as challenges and successful case studies pertaining to the advancement of human rights at the local level.

The realisation of human rights in South Korea is becoming more and more difficult, especially locally. Although human rights issues vary by region, we at the Centre strongly believe in the importance of sharing “what works” in practice when trying to build institutional and other human rights capacities to strengthen the implementation of human rights at the local level. That is why we were happy to welcome the Korean NHRC delegation to the Centre.

(c) Markus Möstl

At the Centre, we shared our experiences and crucial role in advancing the Human Rights City Movement in Graz with our Korean colleagues and gained more knowledge on their local context and working strategies. The visit turned into a very fruitful discussion on effective local human rights promotion policies and programmes.

After the delegation’s visit to our Centre, Elke Kahr, the mayor of Graz, also welcomed the delegation to City Hall where they discussed the importance of the local government’s commitment to human rights, as well as major challenges and fruitful good practice examples.

We very much look forward to further exchange and cooperation in the future with the NHRC Korea!

If you would also like to share your experiences, and find out more about “what works” in terms of accountability at the local level, read more about our upcoming Academy and Conference 2024.