South Korean Government Rejects First LGBT to incorporate as Non Profit

kpride, Feb. 10, 2015, 9:24 a.m.

The government rejected South Korea’s first gender minority organization Beyond the Rainbow’s request to incorporate as a non-profit organization. Beyond the Rainbow argued that by rejecting their application, the government is discriminating against gender minorities.

Beyond the Rainbow’s spokeswoman said that it is unconstitutional for a government to have the right to grant or deny permission to establish a corporate body because the government can decide to refuse some organizations based on their causes.

“Non-profit organizations should be able to be recognized as a corporate body by filing a report to government, rather than having to receive permission from the government,” she said.

The gender minority rights organization approached the Seoul City Government, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the Ministry of Justice between January 2014 to January 2015 but was rejected by all.

Beyond the Rainbow’s spokeswoman said that the organization first approached the Seoul City Government’s Welfare Policy department but it rejected the request as the organization’s purpose “goes against traditional values.”

The department’s spokesperson told The Korea Observer that it never said such words to the organization.

“We told them that they need to go to the Human Rights department to receive permission and that the Human Rights department will review their case,” the spokesperson said.

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