South Korea Supreme Court upholds LGBT Rights

The Supreme Court of South Korea has directed the government to allow an LGBT rights organisation ‘Beyond the Rainbow Foundation’ to legally register itself as a charity, ending the organisation’s three-year struggle against discriminatory rejection by government agencies on the ground that the foundation’s main purpose of promoting LGBTI rights was different from and opposed to the object of permission for incorporation. Each agency of the government involved, including the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the National Human Rights Commission, and the Ministry of Justicemaintained that LGBT rights were not within their purview.

As denial of permission severely curtailed the ability of the Foundation to receive tax-deductible donations and operate in full compliance with the law, it filed a lawsuit with the Seoul Administrative Court.