Human Rights Expert Heisoo Shin Scheduled to Speak at Manoa

Dr. Heisoo Shin, an expert on human rights, will speak Mon­day, April 16, 2012, at the William S. Richard­son School of Law. Shin’s talk, “How to Use Inter­na­tion­al Human Rights Mech­a­nism: My Work and Thoughts,” will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in Room 254 of the law school. Shin will dis­cuss how to use into­na­tion and human rights mech­a­nism based on her own expe­ri­ence to raise the so-called com­fort women issue in the Unit­ed Nations and in oth­er inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tions. She will also speak about her expe­ri­ence as an expert in CEDAW and CESCR.

Photo: Heisoo ShinTrained as a soci­ol­o­gist, Shin has been work­ing in the human rights move­ment for more than thir­ty years, in par­tic­u­lar in the area of women’s human rights. She is the pres­i­dent of Korea Women’s Hot­line, a nation­al orga­ni­za­tion with twen­ty-five branch­es work­ing to com­bat domes­tic and oth­er forms of vio­lence against women. In the 1990s, she led the leg­isla­tive move­ments on sex­u­al vio­lence and domes­tic vio­lence. Rep­re­sent­ing the Kore­an Coun­cil for the Women Draft­ed for Mil­i­tary Sex­u­al Slav­ery by Japan, she raised the com­fort women issue at the Unit­ed Nations and in oth­er inter­na­tion­al fora, demand­ing legal repa­ra­tions by the Japan­ese government.

Shin also served as an expert on the UN Com­mit­tee on the Elim­i­na­tion of Dis­crim­i­na­tion against Women from 2001 to 2008 and as a com­mis­sion­er of the Nation­al Human Rights Com­mis­sion in Korea from 2005 to 2008. Cur­rent­ly, she is the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Korea Cen­ter for UN Human Rights Pol­i­cy (KOCUN), a human rights orga­ni­za­tion, and is in the process of estab­lish­ing a new non­govern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion, Move­ment Against Sex­u­al Exploita­tion. She is also an adjunct pro­fes­sor at the Grad­u­ate School of Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies at Ewha Wom­ans University.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the pre­sen­ta­tion, con­tact Prof. Tae-Ung Baik at tubaik@hawaii.edu or tele­phone (808) 956‑7838.