Weekly Briefing of Queer Action Against COVID-19 (as of 6. 3.)

Weekly Briefing of Queer Action Against COVID-19 (24.05.2020.-03.06.2020)

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1. Organizational status of Queer Action Against COVID-19

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> currently consists of a total of 23 organizations.

 

GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation, Korean Lawyers for Public Interest and Human Rights (KLPH),’ DAWOOM: Together4Change (LGBTI Human Rights Organization of Youth Generation in S.Korea), Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism The Social Affairs and Labor Relations Commission, QUV; Solidarity of University and Youth Queer Societies in Korea, Lezpa, Queer In Pusan, Seoul Queer Culture Festival Organizing committee(SQCFORG), Parents and Families of LGBTAIQ Peple in Korea, SHARE center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive justicE, Collective for Sexual Minority Cultures PINKS, Unninetwork, Lesbian Human Rights Group ‘Byunnal’ of Ewha Womans University, Jeollabuk-do LGBT+ Community Open Door,  Sexual Minority Committee of the Justice Party, LGBTQ Youth Crisis Support Center DDing Dong, Korean Transgender Rights Organization JOGAKBO, Transgender Liberation Front, Korean Gay Men’s Human Rights Group ‘Chingusai’, Korean Sexual-Minority Culture and Rights Center(KSCRC), Youth PLHIV Community of Korea ‘R’, Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea, Solidarity for HIV/AIDS Human Rights Nanuri+

(total 23 organizations as of May 23th)

 

  • Activities so far ;
    – May 12th : launching, press conference
    – May 16th : the 1st general meeting, weekly briefing (Korean/English)
    – May 23rd : the 2nd general meeting, weekly briefing (Korean/English)
    – May 29th : relay press conference for protesting against newspaper companies, that have consistently fostered aversion to the queers.
    – May 30th : the 3rd general meeting.
    – June 3rd : Weekly Briefing (Korean/English)
    – The situation room has been operating since May 11th responding to pending issues.

 

2. Consultation and Response on Human Rights Violations

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> operates counseling counters for each organization. Each organization shares major counseling cases through the control office and links them to public institutions if necessary.

 

  • Currently, the number of direct consultations is greatly reduced. Therefore, <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is conducting a survey on the difficulties related to self-quarantine, confirmed case, and contacted persons due to Corona 19. So far, more than 70 cases have been collected, and the main contents include cases that someone’s test was leaked to the workplace, cases of bullying at school or work on sexual orientation, and expressions of hatred by the media.

 

  • Legal action is in progress for other serious cases. <Queer Action Against COVID-19> accused a case that the personal information of the confirmed patient was leaked, and complaint case of violation of the privacy by media is in the process of filing a complaint to the Press Arbitration Commission.

 

3. Promotions for queer communities

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is distributing online banners to online queer communities to encourage self-directed testing, guidance on human rights violations, and advertisements containing information related to testing.

 

-<Queer Action Against COVID-19> have distributed banner ads through web pages , mobile applications and online communities that are mostly used by queers till the end of May. Among them, online communities are widely promoted to the community, with 14,000 views.

 

  • The <Queer Action Against COVID-19> website (https://www.queer-action-against-covid19.org/) is sharing FAQs related to COVID-19 19, media monitoring, and statement of <Queer Action Against COVID-19>, and helps counseling through anonymous bulletin boards.

 

4. Media monitoring

 

  • Currently, foreign medias are mainly requesting interviews with the task force, and we are responding to them.

 

  • A relay press conference to denounce Kookmin Ilbo, Money Today, and Newsis, who have continuously promoted hatred against sexual minorities and have made provocative reports on sexual minorities businesses was held on May 29th. After holding a relay press conference in front of each press company, the last press conference was held in front of the Press Arbitration Commission. Then the <Queer Action Against COVID-19> submitted a petition to request the above articles to be corrected.

* See https://www.queer-action-against-covid19.org/archives/350 for more information

 

 

5. Communication and respond with quarantine authorities

 

  • [Seoul Metropolitan Government]

– <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is linking case that need to be responded to the human rights violation counseling hotline of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. So far, there were two cases processed regarding human rights violations in the examination process.

 

  • The excessive personal information unrelated to quarantine has been revealing continuously in the public disclosure of the movement of confirmed patients distributed by local governments and in disaster text alert. In response, a statement was issued urging the quarantine authorities to come up with a minimum level of information and a way to protect human rights in accordance with the purpose of quarantine.

 

* May 26th, [monitoring on disclosure of the movement of confirmed patients] “Observe the best disclosure method to protect the minimum information and human rights that meet the purpose of quarantine.”

https://www.queer-action-against-covid19.org/archives/293

 

6. Monitoring the situation outside metropolitan area

 

  • When texting a disaster alert from Gimje, Jeollabuk-do province, the name of the confirmed patient was disclosed. In response, a statement of condemnation was issued by Jeollabuk-do LGBT+ Community Open Door.

 

7. Future plans

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> will collect and analyze more specific cases of human rights violations that occurred after testing, self-quarantine, treatment, and daily return. In cases where a response is required, we will continue our response activities to relieve damage and prevent a recurrence.

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> will organize a ” COVID-19 and Hatred (working title)” debate to summarize the spread of hatred against the queers and migrants.

 

  • The urgent situation in May has been somewhat resolved and a long-term response is required. Therefore, we will change the situation room from daily operation to once a week, and discuss detailed organization and direction of activities in the future through the evaluation of activities..

 

   

Weekly Briefing of Queer Action Against COVID-19 (as of 5. 23.)

Weekly Briefing of Queer Action Against COVID-19 (as of 5. 23.)

 

1  Organizational status of Queer Action Against COVID-19

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> currently consists of a total of 23 organizations.

 

GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation, Korean Lawyers for Public Interest and Human Rights (KLPH),’ DAWOOM: Together4Change (LGBTI Human Rights Organization of Youth Generation in S.Korea), Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism The Social Affairs and Labor Relations Commission, QUV; Solidarity of University and Youth Queer Societies in Korea, Lezpa, Queer In Pusan, Seoul Queer Culture Festival Organizing committee(SQCFORG), Parents and Families of LGBTAIQ Peple in Korea, SHARE center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive justicE, Collective for Sexual Minority Cultures PINKS, Unninetwork, Lesbian Human Rights Group ‘Byunnal’ of Ewha Womans University, Jeollabuk-do LGBT+ Community Open Door,  Sexual Minority Committee of the Justice Party, LGBTQ Youth Crisis Support Center DDing Dong, Korean Transgender Rights Organization JOGAKBO, Transgender Liberation Front, Korean Gay Men’s Human Rights Group ‘Chingusai’, Korean Sexual-Minority Culture and Rights Center(KSCRC), Youth PLHIV Community of Korea ‘R’, Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea, Solidarity for HIV/AIDS Human Rights Nanuri+

(total 23 organizations as of May 23)

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> set up a control office. Now it inspects the relevant situations every day and conducts practical affairs.

 

2 Consultation and Response on Human Rights Violations

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> operates counseling counters for each organization. Each organization shares major counseling cases through the control office and links them to public institutions if necessary.

 

  • The number of consultations has declined in the third week of May. It seems that difficulties in the examination process or anxiety related to ‘outing’(situations of arbitrary exposure of one’s sexual orientation) have been resolved due to the expansion of anonymous tests. However, some problems are still coming up, such as, the personal information of the patients was leaked in hospitals, or some local governments are revealing gender, age, and name of workplace of a confirmed person excessively in the process of releasing to the public about the movement of the patients.

 

  • Therefore, <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is responding to the issue of excessive disclosure of personal information by sending official letters to each local government. Also, <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is planning to take legal action against cases where personal information is leaked.

 

 

3 Promotions for queer communities

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is distributing online banners to online queer communities to encourage self-directed testing, guidance on human rights violations, and advertisements containing information related to testing.

 

-Banner ads are being distributed to web pages and mobile applications that are mostly used by queers. Advertisements will be posted by the end of May.

-<Queer Action Against COVID-19> produced a card news that provides information such as counseling channels and anonymous inspection, and distributed it through social media managed by affiliated organizations of <Rainbow Action> and <Queer Action Against COVID-19>. The card news is also translated into English, Japanese, Chinese, and sign language.

 

  • The website of <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is opened (https://www.queer-action-against-covid19.org/). The website shares FAQs related to COVID-19 19, media monitoring, and statement of <Queer Action Against COVID-19>, and helps counseling through anonymous bulletin boards.

 

 

 

<image of a card news>

 

4 Media monitoring

 

  • Currently, foreign medias are mainly requesting interviews with the task force, and we are responding to them.

 

  • Media reports are continuing to promote prejudice and hatred against queers.

<Queer Action Against COVID-19> gathers these articles and regularly publishes media monitoring reports, while also delivers meaningful articles or messages for the queer community.

 

 

5 communication and respond with quarantine authorities

 

  • KCDC (the KoreaCenters for. Disease Control & Prevention)

– the date of meeting : May 19th

-<Queer Action Against COVID-19>  brought up the problem of personal information being violated during the process of the epidemiological investigation. The KCDC decided to send instructions to each local government to prevent unnecessary information in the in the process of sending disaster texts and releasing to the public about the movement of the patients.

-We also discussed measures for unregistered migrants that have become more difficult to diagnose and treat due to COVID-1919, and for recuperation measures for the people living with HIV/AIDS.

-During a regular briefing of the KCDC on May 21st, the request for personal information protection was made as follows:

 

 

[Seoul Metropolitan Government]
– Since the meeting on May 11th, we have continued to communicate and discuss ways to protect personal information and resolve human rights violations.

– <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is linking case that need to be responded to the human rights violation counseling hotline of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. So far, there were two cases processed regarding human rights violations in the examination process.

 

[Gyeonggi Provincial Government]

– Since the meeting on May 15th, we have continued to communicate and discuss ways to protect personal information and resolve human rights violations.
– The government announced on discussion with the <Queer Action Against COVID-19> at a briefing on May 20.

 

 

  • In addition, <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is collecting cases of disaster texts and released information of each local government. <Queer Action Against COVID-19> requires to the local governments that disclose excessive information to delete information by raising complaints to the quarantine authorities.

 

6 Monitoring the situation outside metropolitan area

 

  • In relation to the situation outside metropolitan area (Jeollabuk-do, Gyeongsangnam-do, Gwangju Metropolitan City, and Busan Metropolitan City), the situation is being monitored by civic and human rights organizations in each region. Currently, there was a problem of disclosing the name of workplace when sending disaster text messages in Jeollabuk-do, and there was a problem of queer student who were bullied after school in Gyeongsangnam-do. We are responding to this in conjunction with local organizations.

 

 

7 Future plans

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> has plans to proceed with direct action to protest against the media, which has consistently fostered aversion to the queers. (A separate press release will be distributed henceforth.)

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> will organize a ” COVID-19 and Hatred (working title)” debate to summarize the spread of hatred against the queers and migrants.

 

  • With the end of the two-week self-quarantine, human rights violations such as harassment and pressure to leave the company may occur upon returning to work. <Queer Action Against COVID-19> will conduct a survey to collect related cases and will respond in conjunction with the government and local governments in the event of actual damage.

 

 

Weekly Briefing of Queer Action Against COVID-19 (as of 5. 16.)

Weekly Briefing of Queer Action Against COVID-19 (as of 5. 16.)

 

1  Organizational status of Queer Action Against COVID-19

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> currently consists of a total of 20 organizations.

 

GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation, Korean Lawyers for Public Interest and Human Rights (KLPH),’ DAWOOM: Together4Change (LGBTI Human Rights Organization of Youth Generation in S.Korea), QUV; Solidarity of University and Youth Queer Societies in Korea, Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism The Social Affairs and Labor Relations Commission, Queer In Pusan, Seoul Queer Culture Festival Organizing committee(SQCFORG), SHARE, center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive justice, Collective for Sexual Minority Cultures PINKS, Unninetwork, Lesbian Human Rights Group ‘Byunnal’ of Ewha Womans University, Sexual Minority Committee of the Justice Party, LGBTQ Youth Crisis Support Center DDing Dong, Korean Transgender Rights Organization JOGAKBO, Transgender Liberation Front, Korean Gay Men’s Human Rights Group ‘Chingusai’, Korean Sexual-Minority Culture and Rights Center(KSCRC), Youth PLHIV Community of Korea ‘R’, Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea, Solidarity for HIV/AIDS Human Rights Nanuri+

(total 20 organizations as of May 16)

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> set up a control office. Now it inspects the relevant situations every day and conducts practical affairs.

 

 

2 Consultation and Response on Human Rights Violations

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> operates counseling counters for each organization. Each organization shares major counseling cases through the control office and links them to public institutions if necessary.

 

  • counseling counters

 

Korean Gay Men’s Human Rights Group ‘Chingusai’

(+82)2-745-7942 (a.m. 09:00-p.m. 06:00)

 

Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea

(+82)2-715-9984 (p.m. 1:00-8:00)

 

Youth PLHIV Community of Korea ‘R’

(+82)10-2164-1201 (a.m 11:00-p.m. 07:00 /closed on Mondays)

 

LGBTQ Youth Crisis Support Center DDing Dong

(+82)2-924-1227 (a.m 11:00-p.m. 09:00 / closed on Sundays and Mondays )

 

  • So far, there have been about 90 consultations, and the main contents are △ anxiety and difficulties due to self-quarantine, concerns about ‘outing’(situations of arbitrary exposure of one’s sexual orientation) at workplaces, and human rights violations during the screening process.

 

3 Promotions for queer communities

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> is distributing online banners to online queer communities to encourage self-directed testing, guidance on human rights violations, and advertisements containing information related to testing.

 

-Banner ads are being distributed to web pages and mobile applications (a total of 6) that are mostly used by queers.
-It will also be promoted through the website and social media of each organization belonging to the <Queer Action Against COVID-19>.

-It will also be distributed to foreigners (English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

  • It is currently producing the homepage of the <Queer Action Against COVID-19>, provides campaign information and FAQ related to Corona19, and operates the consultation board.

 

 

 

 

4 communication with quarantine authorities

 

  • Currently, we have a meeting with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Gyeonggi provincial government. It is also in the process of interviewing Incheon Metropolitan City.

 

[Seoul Metropolitan Government]
– Date : May 11th
– <Queer Action Against COVID-19>  complained about situations that some testing offices asked to visitors if they HIV infected or not. So the Seoul Metropolitan Government issued guidelines for correction.
– <Queer Action Against COVID-19> asked the Seoul Metropolitan Government to continuously send official documents to each local government to prevent excessive information about confirmed cases in disaster alerts .

-<Queer Action Against COVID-19> asked the Seoul Metropolitan Government to emphasis information about anonymous inspection and personal information protection in disaster alerts .
-<Queer Action Against COVID-19> asked the Seoul Metropolitan Government to establish and to operate a hotline for counseling on human rights violations so that the authority can promptly investigate and correct problems through mutual cooperation with the <Queer Action Against COVID-19>.

 

[Gyeonggi Provincial Government]

– Date : May 15th

-<Queer Action Against COVID-19> asked the Gyeonggi Provincial Government to send guidelines to prevent unnecessary questions, such as sexual orientation and HIV infection, and to send official letters to local governments not to include excessive information in disaster alerts.

-<Queer Action Against COVID-19> will share cases of human rights violations with Gyeonggi-do Human Rights Center, etc.

-<Queer Action Against COVID-19> asked the Gyeonggi Provincial Government to include anti-discrimination messages in their media briefing to prevent human rights violations.

 

5 Future plans

 

  • Consultations are also coming in regarding foreign instructors and migrant workers. So the <Queer Action Against COVID-19> will contribute messages written in multiple languages.

 

  • Human rights violations, such as harassment and pressure to leave the company, may occur when returning to work after two weeks of self- In this regard, the <Queer Action Against COVID-19> will require to the governments to send a message to prevent human rights violations, and will respond in the event of actual violations.

 

  • <Queer Action Against COVID-19> are going to respond more actively with media organizations to the press, which continues to make malicious reports.