SEOUL, South Korea's defense ministry plans to appoint some 100 legal advisors for division-level military units to protect victims of human rights abuses, a five-year policy plan showed Monday.

It will also seek to install a specialist in charge of military cases at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and create a new ministry division tasked with preventing sexual violence.

The ministry published the comprehensive human rights plan for the 2019-2023 period amid its campaign to reform military culture, which critics say is still repressive and vulnerable to rights violations.

"The ministry will strengthen professional legal support so that victims will not suffer additional damage during investigations," the ministry said in a press release.

"We will also seek to install a specialist at the NHRC to ensure independence and transparency in the efforts to protect the rights of rank-and-file soldiers," it added.

The ministry also plans to improve internal rules to block senior officers from using their ranks to ask their subordinates to do personal favors and enhance their rights education.

Source: Yonhap news Agency