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The 7th ACRC Chairperson took office


Jeon Hyun-Heui took office as the new Chairperson of ACRC

June 29, 2020

Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission

The Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea

President Moon Jae-in appointed Jeon Hyeon-Heui to Chairperson of the ACRC. Her inauguration ceremony was held on 29 June at the government complex in Sejong.

Chairperson Jeon Hyeon-Heui was majored in dentistry at Seoul National University. She was a dentist-turned lawyer and then served as a two-term parliament (the 18th and 19th National Assembly). She was the second Chairperson of the ACRC preceded by the former Chairperson Pak Un Jong under the Moon Jae-in Administration.

During her inauguration address, she said, “The ACRC should progressively push forward with anti-corruption and fairness reform to fully serve its role as a national anti-corruption control tower in both name and reality. She added,” The ACRC should dig out pending anti-corruption issues that citizens feel should be urgently resolved and at the same time should play a more clear and strong role in encouraging relevant authorities to resolve those issues“

Citing Korea’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranking (CPI) which has risen for the past three consecutive years with a record high, Chairperson Jeon requested employees of the ACRC to more proactively serve citizens, thinking outside the box so that citizens could feel such a meaningful achievement and change.

As for her top priority at the ACRC, she picked strengthening its role as anti-corruption control tower and enhancing its status. She stated, “The ACRC should take anti-corruption and integrity policies one step further in preparation for the next decade. “

She also said that in this rapid changing environment, we should take an extra care to remove any blind spot in the protection of citizen’s rights and interests. “At a time when being exposed to the risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 is frequent in daily lives, tight social safety net for the socially underprivileged has never been this important and urgent. In this regards, the ACRC should preemptively figure out how to better protect citizens’ rights and interests and make institutional improvement”

“As our society is fast shifting to non-contact environment, the ACRC should be actively monitor infringement of citizen’s rights and corruption that might occur in non face-to-face processing”, she said.

She then emphasized the importance of proactive consultation and agreement with citizens as well as relevant government authorities, saying, ”The ACRC should play an active role in communicating with competent authorities and resolve difficulties of citizens as a representative of citizens“.

In addition, she said, “More than ever before, social conflicts and collective complaints are frequently occurring in a more contentious manner. Under such circumstances, the ACRC should get more closer to citizens for better communication and strongly cooperate with relevant government authorities to fulfill its responsibility as complaint-handling control tower.”

Last but not least, she stressed the importance of communication in the field. “Resolving difficulties of citizens and mediating social conflicts require listening citizens’ various complaints in the field. The ACRC should become an agency that can understand and sympathize with citizens from the bottom of its heart.”

She ended his remark by saying that while protecting and improving people’s rights and interests is all government agencies’ fundamental duty, the ACRC is dedicated to doing so. The ACRC is the only agency that has ‘civil rights in its name. So employees of the ACRC should be reminded themselves that the Commission is at the forefront of citizen rights and interests protection and therefore feel proud of working in such an organization.“