Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl ordered the investigation on Tuesday May 26 of the Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance, which has been accused of accounting fraud and embezzlement, JoongAng Daily reported, without elaborating on how it had obtained the information. The probe came a day after a year-old survivor accused the group, once led by a newly elected South Korean lawmaker, of raising funds to enrich itself and did little to help women who were forced into sexual servitude during World War II. The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance said on its webpage that prosecutors searched its office last week and that it is cooperating with the investigation. It also said it may have omitted some donations in its public filings, but denied most of the allegations regarding its accounting and spending of the funds. Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday that President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic Party wants Ms Yoon Mee-hyang, recently elected to Parliament as a ruling party member, to address the allegations made against the group that she once led. The group has been a prominent voice for what it calls the "military sexual slavery issue", which has been a flash point for tensions between South Korea and Japan. A ruling party spokesman said that it will clarify its position after "checking relevant facts". Ms Yoon has denied the allegations.
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Country must face up to pervasive misogyny which allows online abuse to flourish. Haeryun Kang is the creative director of videocusIN, a media incubator in Seoul. You might not know if you were sitting next to an "nth room" criminal on the subway in Seoul, even if he was committing a crime at that very moment. All it would look like is a man typing on his phone, scrolling down, snickering, smiling. Victims, many underage, are often coerced by Telegram users into abusing their bodies. Perpetrators have reportedly turned real-life assaults into online content. With the trial later this month of Cho Joo-bin, a creator of different Telegram rooms according to the police, South Korea is having to face up to this toxic mixture of tech, sex and crime; to the institutions which failed to stamp it out; and to the national culture of misogyny which enabled it. The original cluster of chats called "nth room" reportedly sprang up on Telegram in or early Now there is a whole network, each with different names like "slave room," "female child room" or "violate your acquaintance room.
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South Korea recognizes neither same-sex marriage nor any other form of legal union for same-sex couples. In , the Government of South Korea announced it would recognize the same-sex spouses of foreign diplomats who come to live in South Korea. The recognition does not extend to same-sex spouses of South Korean diplomats living abroad, much less to South Korean same-sex couples. Life partnerships would have been open to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. Couples would have also been able to receive tax benefits already given to married spouses as well as protection from domestic violence, in addition to other benefits. In January , LGBT activists expressed hopes that a draft constitution, which had to be ready by June , would include the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Amendments to the South Korean Constitution require a two-thirds majority in Parliament. On July 30, , the Sexual Minorities Committee filed a formal complaint against the Incheon District Court's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages. The complaint was filed on the grounds that the decision is unconstitutional since neither the Constitution of South Korea nor civil law define marriage as being between a man and a woman the only mentioned requisite is the age of majority and that the Constitution explicitly forbids discrimination "pertaining to all political, economic, social, or cultural aspects of life of an individual.
SEOUL: One of South Korea's top football clubs apologised for causing "deep concern" Monday after being accused of using sex dolls to fill empty seats at a weekend game. FC Seoul insisted the mannequins -- used in the absence of fans, who are banned because of the coronavirus -- had "no connection to sex toys". But some of the artificial spectators, deployed for Sunday's game against Gwangju FC, wore T-shirts with the logo of SoloS, a sex toy seller. Other mannequins, which wore facemasks and were separated according to social distancing guidelines, held placards advertising the company and some of its models. FC Seoul said the company which provided the mannequins had previously provided them to SoloS, hence the advertising in which they were clad. This is an international disgrace," said one online critic.