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Moon stays silent on equality law in LGBT-unfriendly South Korea

Human rights watchdog recommends National Assembly to enact legislation

Participants march during a Pride event in support of LGBT rights in Seoul on June 1, 2019.  LGBT people are a marginalized group in a country where churches have a powerful influence on politics.   © AFP/Jiji

SEOUL -- South Korea's human rights watchdog on Tuesday recommended that the National Assembly enact the country's first comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation.

The bill, if it gets the backing of President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic Party, would provide legal protection for all citizens, including LGBT people -- a marginalized group in a country where churches have a powerful influence on politics. But Moon and his left-leaning party have so far not commented on the law.

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