South Korea





Since South Korea rejoined the Human Rights Council in 2013, it has been the member of the Asian group with the strongest voting record on country situations. South Korea should consider taking a greater leadership role in mobilizing the Council to address situations not currently under consideration.



Voting Record in 2016

Voting Record in 2015

2014 Analysis

South Korea continued to vote in favor of all resolutions addressing country situations under agenda Items 2, 4 and 10. Similarly, it also voted to support most of the resolutions addressing the situation in Palestine and the occupied Arab territories, the exceptions being the March 2014 resolution on the Golan Heights and the July 2014 resolution on the conflict in Gaza, on which it abstained.

Unfortunately, South Korea did not support the March 2014 joint statement on the dire situation in Egypt nor the June 2014 joint statement on the situation in Bahrain.

South Korea co-sponsored a relatively high number of country resolutions under Items 4 and 10 and supported the Council’s special sessions on the Central African Republic and Iraq.  It participated in several country-specific debates of the Council.

South Korea could improve its already strong contribution to the Council by taking a greater leadership role in mobilizing the Council to act on country situations, and by supporting joint statements addressing critical situations.

Voting record in 2014

Support for key joint statements in 2014

2013 Analysis

South Korea voted in favor of all the country resolutions put to a vote in the Council in 2013. South Korea’s only significant misstep during this period was its failure to support the joint statement on the human rights situation in Bahrain in September 2013, despite its support for the March 2013 joint statement. South Korea supported the joint statement calling for the Security Council to refer the Syrian case to the ICC.

South Korea voted in favor of all but one of the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.

In 2013, South Korea co-sponsored 16 country-specific resolutions under agenda items 4 and 10. Although South Korea intervened in some of the country-specific debates of the Council, it could improve its engagement by expanding its participation in these debates, and should continue its diverse co-sponsorship of resolutions.



Voting record in 2013

Support for key joint statements in 2013