Justice Party (South Korea)
|Floor Leader||Roh Hoe-chan|
|Secretary General||Shin Jang-sik|
|Founded||21 October 2012|
Labor Politics Coalition
Elements of the Labor Party
|Split from||Unified Progressive Party|
|Headquarters||7, Gukhoe-daero 70-gil, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul|
|Youth wing||Youth Justice Party|
|Membership (2017)||35,000 |
|Political position||Centre-left to left-wing|
|International affiliation||Progressive Alliance (Observer)|
|Parliamentary group||Peace and Justice|
|Slogan||Labor's Hope, Citizen's Dream (노동의 희망, 시민의 꿈, Nodongi himang, simini kkum)|
|Seats in the National Assembly||
6 / 300
|Metropolitan mayor and Gubernatorial||
0 / 17
0 / 226
|Seats within local government||
37 / 3,751
The "Progressive Justice Party" changed its name to the "Justice Party" at the 2nd party congress on 16 July 2013. At the 4th party congress on 22 November 2015, the party officially merged with the extra-parliamentary groups: Preparatory Committee for the People's Party (2015), Solidarity for Labor Politics, and Jinbo Plus, which was composed of members defected from the Labor Party, after motions to merge the party with the Justice Party failed.
After the merger, Na Gyung-che, leader of the Jinbo Plus, and Kim Se-kyun, leader of Preparatory Committee for the People's Party, were elevated to co-leadership roles, while Sim Sang-jung remained as a standing party leader. Kim Se-kyun stepped down from the co-leadership role in September 2016.
In the legislative election held in April 2016, the party increased its seat total by one with the election of Roh Hoe-chan to the Seongsan constituency in the city of Changwon. The party polled 7.2% in the party list ballot, returning a total of six legislators to the National Assembly.
In the 2017 election, Sim Sang-jung ran as the party's nominee after winning the party primary. Sim was endorsed by Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and ran a campaign focused on labor and social issues. Sim received media attention for being the only candidate arguing in favor of marriage equality during the debate. Sim won 6.2% of the vote, making her the most successful left-wing presidential candidate since the democratization of the country in 1987.
On 31 March 2018, the party confirmed its decision to form a parliamentary group with Party for Democracy and Peace, under the name of Members group of Peace and Justice. The parliamentary group will be officially registered on April 2nd.  The incumbent floor leader of the party, Roh Hoe-chan was chosen to head the parliamentary group in the National Assembly.
The party calls for structural change of the Korean economy through the radical change to the current Chaebol dominated economic system, democratic control of the capitalistic excess through the implementation of economic democracy and public ownership of basic utilities. Pursuing alternative form of economic system in which basic conditions for people's life is provided for everyone, equally. Where public or market economy is inefficient, the party will advocate social economy, including cooperatives and further increasing the role of social economy to the ones traditionally held by the market. It also calls for protection and increase of the labor rights and promote unionization in the workplace, so to equalize the power balance between the capital and the workers. The party advocates creation of welfare state, drastically increasing the public sector, providing universal welfare service for childcare, education, employment, housing, healthcare, and post-retirement life. The party will fund these programs through increased taxation based on the redistributive tax policy.
The party calls for an end to the unrestricted development, pursuing sustainable development. It is also in favor of the animal welfare. It also argues in favor of developing renewable energy, with sights on doing away with oil and coal altogether. The party is against nuclear energy as an alternative, and advocates closing down old nuclear power plants and ceasing further construction of the plants.
The party calls for the eradication of all forms of discrimination, advocating increased participation of the minorities in the political sphere. It further advocates pursuing gender equality in the workplaces and preserving women's right to choose. The party favors increased disability rights and protecting migrants from human rights violation and economic discrimination. The party stands strongly against any form of oppression due to one's sexuality or gender identity. It calls for legislation relating to hate crime to protect the human rights of the minority. It also acknowledges diverse family structures without any discrimination.
In the midst of the conflict between US and China for the hegemony and Japanese attempt at rearmament, the party believes peace in the Korean peninsula is a paramount issue. The party rejects any form of hegemony from both sides, and refuse to take the side on the issue. The party aims to sign the peace treaty with the North, putting an end to the Korean War once and for all. While the party believes unification between the North and the South should be a desirable goal, it doesn't consider unification through war or collapse of the North Korean regime as a viable solution. Unification should be pursued based on mutual respect between respective countries and further increasing exchange and cooperation.
Leaders of the Justice PartyEdit
- Roh Hoe-chan, Jo Jun-ho (co-serving; 21 October 2012 – 21 July 2013)
- Cheon Ho-sun (21 July 2013 – 18 July 2015)
- Sim Sang-jung (18 July 2015 – 22 November 2015)
- Sim Sang-jung (standing)
- Lee Jeong-mi (11 July 2017 - )
Leaders in the National AssemblyEdit
|Election||Candidate||Total votes||Share of votes||Outcome|
|2017||Sim Sang-jung||2,017,458||6.2%||Lost N|
|Election||Total seats won||Total votes||Share of votes||Outcome of election||Election leader|
6 / 300
1,719,891 / 23,760,977
|7.2%||1 seat; Minority||Sim Sang-jung|
|Election||Metropolitan mayor/Governor||Provincial legislature||Municipal mayor||Municipal legislature||Election leader|
0 / 17
0 / 789
0 / 226
11 / 2,898
0 / 17
11 / 789
0 / 226
26 / 2,898
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