Korea, South

Something that happened, what's left, and what's to come

Lee Sangmin

Lee Sangmin speaking at a press conference, declaring his conscientious objectionLee Sangmin speaking at a press conference, declaring his conscientious objectionSometimes I dream about the past. Usually, I don't dream about positive experiences, just days I regret and memories I want to run away from. Memories remains an unconscious pressure, and come to me often in my dreams. It smells like a scent of dirt just before raining. I also dream about the future that never came. In the worst case scenario, the very situations I want to avoid appear in my dreams. I always breath a sigh when I wake up, and I’m glad they didn’t happen to me in real life.

What is the worst thing that can happen to me while in prison? For prisoners, the most anticipated thing is being released. I believe that most prisoners hope to get an early release through parole, by being a model prisoner. In a horrible place where I cannot even open the door, I cannot get out of the day and see the outside air and the landscape beyond 4 meters of the wall, sharing love with my beloved, smiling with my friends and family. I feel my heart beating so fast by imagining these things. At the same time, it is frustrating that this reality, these good things, are not available to me right now. If the scheduled parole is cancelled, it will be a terrible thing. Only three month left I have to spend. But those short days keep dragging on.

SOUTH KOREA: Appeal Court acquitted conscientious objectors

The appeal court of the Gwangju District in Korea, overturned the guilty verdicts of two conscientious objectors, Cho Rak-hoon and Kim Hyung-geun. The decision is a victory for conscientious objectors in Korea as it is the first time an appeal court has reversed guilty verdicts in a conscientious objectors case. The appeal court also rejected prosecutors’ calls to convict a third conscientious objector, Kim Hye-min, who was found not guilty at his initial trial in May 2015.

Yoon-bo Nam

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 29 Mar 2016
End of detention:
  • 28 Sep 2017
Country:
  • Korea, South
Description:
  • Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

    Write c/o World Without War P.O. Box 03598, 3F, 57 Mangwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Yoon-bo Nam

Country:
  • Korea, South
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


Young-Gwang Hong

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 29 Mar 2016
End of detention:
  • 28 Sep 2017
Country:
  • Korea, South
Description:
  • Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

    Write c/o World Without War P.O. Box 03598, 3F, 57 Mangwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Young-Gwang Hong

Country:
  • Korea, South
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


Sung-hyun Hong

Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 6 Apr 2016
End of detention:
  • 5 Oct 2017
Country:
  • Korea, South
Description:
  • Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Sung-hyun Hong (#526)

Country:
  • Korea, South
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


War profiteer of the month: Poongsan

Jarron Kamphorst, Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau

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