The following is a presentation that Ben Wagner prepared for the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the Gonggam attorneys handling my case at the Constitutional Court. I've received his permission to put the powerpoint into a blog format. I found the background information on the how the HIV/AIDS tests & drug tests came about both enlightening and very disturbing. I thought other people would be interested in learning about it as well.
This presentation will explain why the E-2 visa policy is about xenophobia and race, and why it signals the beginning of a disturbing trend in Korea which needs to be immediately addressed by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK).
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is of crucial importance to understanding the E-2 visa issue.
The Commission should be reminded that the Convention is fully executed and binding upon the government as well as private individuals and organizations.
Indeed, in the words of the ROK “the Convention was ratified and promulgated by the Government with the consent of the National Assembly [and] [a]s such, it has the same authority of domestic law and does not require additional legislation."
The Commission’s attention should be directed to:
Article 2 of the Convention, which requires this nation to prohibit and bring an end to racial discrimination by persons, groups, and organizations, and “to review governmental, national and local policies, and to amend, rescind or nullify any laws and regulations which have the effect of creating or perpetuating racial discrimination[.]”
And Article 4, which requires that Korea declare illegal and prohibit organizations “which attempt to justify or promote racial hatred and discrimination in any form[.]”
As a source for "the truth behind the rumors," the Spokesman cites "waiter A," a waiter in Itaewon. The post goes on to cite an official at the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who the Spokesman claims said, “There is little probability that someone will be infected by AIDS as long as that person does not have sex with a foreigner." On the other hand, the post concludes with hysterical concern, "if the rumors are true, then Koreans who have had sexual contact with a foreigner will almost all contract AIDS.”
There we have it, the propaganda message has been clearly established: "Koreans who have had sexual contact with a foreigner will almost all contract AIDS.”