Danish adoptees demand an investigation into the adoption process in South Korea

23 August 2022

Nanna Nørby Hansen

53 people, via the group Danish Korean Rights Group, have today demanded from the South Korean government an investigation into the circumstances of adoptions from South Korea to Denmark in the 1970s and 1980s.

They do so on the basis of testimony that adoption information has been incorrect.

According to AP News , the group believes that some of the adoptions were corrupt and that the children were wrongly registered as orphans.

- The Korean state at that time stamped many papers saying that people were found on the street. If you do a little math, it would mean that from the 1970s and 1980s Seoul would be flooded with baskets of children lying around on the street, says Peter Møller, who is a lawyer and co-leader of Danish Korean Rights Group.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Seoul now has four months to decide whether to accept the request for an investigation. If they do, it will be the largest investigation into adoption processes in South Korea ever, according to the AP.