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Transitional justice in Korea : Legally coping with past wrongs after democratization

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  • Cho, Kuk
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Title Transitional justice in Korea
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Legally coping with past wrongs after democratization

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Author(English)

Cho, Kuk

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[Seattle, U.S.]:University of Washington

Date 2007-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal:vol. 16(no. 3)
Pages 33
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Laws and Legislation
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding University of Washington

Abstract

For more than a decade, Korean society has taken various legal steps to rectify past wrongs perpetrated by the old authoritarian-military regime. In 1995, the “Special Act Concerning the May 18 Democratization Movement” was passed in the National Assembly. Under this new legal circumstance, the two former presidents were imprisoned on charges of leading the 1979 military coup and brutally oppressing the May 18 Uprising of 1980. However, because such a transition from the authoritarian-military rule was established through a political compromise, Korean society had to experience a limited transitional justice. As another step to rectify past wrongs, the “Act for Restoring the Honor of Democratization Movement Involvers and Providing Compensation for Them” was enacted in 2000. Under this Act, a number of democratization activists have been recognized as “democratization movement involvers.” (The rest omitted)