South Korea Religious Schools Urged to Be Fair to Non-Believer Job Seekers

September 2010 – Seoul
Joseph Hepworth

South Korea’s National Human Rights Commission has demanded that universities run by religious foundations not limit those of different faiths from applying for job positions at the schools. A job applicant who claims to have been rejected by Dongguk University and Seoul Women’s University filed a petition with the human rights watchdog. Buddhist Dongguk demands job seekers present a Buddhist certificate sealed by a monk from a temple associated with the Jogye Order, while the evangelical women-only school asks for a certificate of church attendance. Religious groups oppose the agency’s recommendations.