Korea, South

New concluding observations from the UN: Austria and South Korea

The United Nations' Human Rights' Committee have published new concluding observations following the examination of Austria and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as part of the Universal Periodic Review.

The Committee called upon the state of Austria to 'ensure that the length of service alternative to military service required for conscientious objectors is not punitive in nature.'

It demanded that the Republic of Korea:

'(a) Immediately release all conscientious objectors condemned to a prison sentence for exercising their right to be exempted from military service;

(b) Ensure that the criminal records of conscientious objectors are expunged, that they are provided with adequate compensation and that their information is not publicly disclosed; and

(c) Ensure the legal recognition of conscientious objection to military service, and provide conscientious objectors with the possibility to perform an alternative service of civilian nature.

Hundreds more names added to Prisoners for Peace list

A conscientious objector leads an antimilitarist protest carrying a flag with WRI's broken rifle emblem in FinlandA conscientious objector leads an antimilitarist protest carrying a flag with WRI's broken rifle emblem in FinlandWith new sources of information, we've been able to update the prisoners for peace list with hundreds of more names from Singapore and South Korea, primarily Jehovah's Witnesses. The process of adding names of conscientious objectors to our database is ongoing. They include prison addresses, so please consider writing to an imprisoned CO over the year, not just on Prisoners for Peace Day!

There are over 700 COs in prison in South Korea at present.

See the full list here.

M. R. Park

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 9 Feb 2015
End of detention:
  • 9 Aug 2016
País:
  • Corea del Sur
Descripción:
  • Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

M. R. Park

País:
  • Corea del Sur
Tipo de activista:
  • objector/a de conciencia
Estatus:
  • Objetor declarado


Y. W. Kim

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 9 Feb 2015
End of detention:
  • 9 Aug 2016
País:
  • Corea del Sur
Descripción:
  • Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Y. W. Kim

País:
  • Corea del Sur
Tipo de activista:
  • objector/a de conciencia
Estatus:
  • Objetor declarado


J. S. Hwang

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 6 Feb 2015
End of detention:
  • 6 Aug 2016
País:
  • Corea del Sur
Descripción:
  • Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

J. S. Hwang

País:
  • Corea del Sur
Tipo de activista:
  • objector/a de conciencia
Estatus:
  • Objetor declarado


J. W. Lee

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 6 Feb 2015
End of detention:
  • 6 Aug 2016
País:
  • Corea del Sur
Descripción:
  • Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

J. W. Lee

País:
  • Corea del Sur
Tipo de activista:
  • objector/a de conciencia
Estatus:
  • Objetor declarado


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