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South Korea: To be a conscientious objector is not a crime

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540 days of prison to every conscientious objector

South Korea: Appeal court victory for conscientious objectors

Further COs in prison Rule of Constitutional Court expected

(18.10.2016) The South Korean government must take heed of a major appeal court ruling and stop criminalizing conscientious objectors, said Amnesty International today.

Appeal court judges in Gwangju, south-west Korea, overturned the guilty verdicts of two conscientious objectors, Cho Rak-hoon and Kim Hyung-geun. It is the first time an appeal court has reversed guilty verdicts in a conscientious objectors case.

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South Korea: More than 8,000 signatures presented for the human right of conscientious objection

(01.12.2015) In a joint action War Resisters’ International, Connection e.V. (Germany), Amnesty International Korea and World Without War (South Korea) today presented more than 8,000 signatures from 108 countries, including members of parliaments from Germany, European Union and South Korea, to the ministry of defense in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The organizations demand the recognition of conscientious objection and the immediate and unconditional release of conscientious objectors in prison.

In front of the Ministry of Defence

South Korea: More than 8,000 signatures presented for the human right of conscientious objection

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(01.12.2015) In a joint action War Resisters’ International, Connection e.V. (Germany), Amnesty International Korea and World Without War (South Korea) today presented more than 8,000 signatures from 108 countries, including members of parliaments from Germany, European Union and South Korea, to the ministry of defense in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The organizations demand the recognition of conscientious objection and the immediate and unconditional release of conscientious objectors in prison.

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Sentenced to Life

Conscientious Objectors in South Korea - Dossier of Amnesty International

(13.05.2015) Every year South Koreans are sent to prison for exercising their freedom of thought, conscience or religion or belief. Over 613 conscientious objectors to military service – that is, men who have refused conscription for reasons of conscience – are currently in prison in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). This briefing paper on conscientious objectors in South Korea includes information gathered in South Korea in October 2014 and January 2015 when Amnesty International interviewed ten conscientious objectors, their families, lawyers, scholar, religious organizations and civil society organizations working with conscientious objectors.

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