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Korea, South

Choi Gi-won (#1346)

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 12 Apr 2012
End of detention:
  • 11 Oct 2013
Pays:
  • Corée du Sud
Description:
  • Conscientious objector. Sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for refusing military service.

Choi Gi-won (#457)

Pays:
  • Corée du Sud
Activist type:
  • objecteur/trice de conscience
Statut:
  • Declared objector


Hong Won-seok (#1121)

Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 22 Dec 2011
End of detention:
  • 21 May 2013
Pays:
  • Corée du Sud
Description:
  • Conscientious objector. Sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for refusing military service.

Hong Won-seok (#1121)

Pays:
  • Corée du Sud
Activist type:
  • objecteur/trice de conscience
Statut:
  • Declared objector


War Resisters' International visit to South Korea

In March 2012, two representatives of War Resisters' International visited Seoul in South Korea for meetings with World Without War, the South Korean organisation of conscientious objectors. While the main purpose of the visit was a 2-day workshop with activists from World Without War on strategies for the right to conscientious objection, the visit was also filled with other activities.

SOUTH KOREA: Conscientious objector Yoonjong Yoo begins serving 18 month prison sentence

Pays:
  • Corée du Sud
Has been sent:
  • Yes
Alert:

War Resisters' International is concerned about the imprisonment of South Korean conscientious objector Yoonjong Yoo. After he declared his conscientious objection (see co-alert, 29 March 2012), he was trialed for violation of the country's military service law, and finally sentenced to the standard 18 months' imprisonment on 25 April 2012. On 30 April 2012, he reported to the Seoul Detention Centre to serve his sentence.

Imprisonment of conscientious objector Yoonjong Yoo

Pays:
  • Corée du Sud
Not sent after:
  • 30 Oct 2013
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (President Lee Myung-bak). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Imprisonment of conscientious objector Yoonjong Yoo

Dear President Lee Myung-bak,

I am very concerned about the imprisonment of conscientious objector Yoonjong Yoo, who was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment on 25 April 2012 for his conscientious objection to military service. He began serving his prison sentence on 30 April 2012 at Seoul Detention Centre. He joined more than 800 conscientious objectors presently serving prison terms in South Korea.

Yoonjong Yoo

Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 30 Apr 2012
End of detention:
  • 29 Oct 2013
Pays:
  • Corée du Sud
Description:
  • Conscientious objector. Sentenced to 18 month's imprisonment on 25 April 2012.

Stop Samsung! Stop destroying Mother Nature in Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island!

Jungmin Choi

On 19 March, massive blasting of the Gureombi rock, the symbol of the campaign against the new naval base in South Korea's Jeju Island, began. There was blasting, of course, before that, but it's different now because while the blasting so far has been of the fields near the Gureombi rock to make the worksite for Caisson, now the blasting is of the Gureombi rock itself. This is the first time the Gureombi rock has been affected since Samsung C&T first pressed ahead with blasting. At the start of this new phase, Gangjeong villagers and peace activists resisted fiercely, but the police had organised protection for Samsung C&T and violently arrested protesters so that Samsung C&T could continue working. The Gangjeong Village Council strongly protested, saying that Samsung is a merchant of death, destroying natural heritage and building a war base, and appealed for various kinds of online and direct action against Samsung. From 17 March, there was a Catholic mass every day to urge the stopping of the blasting, and demanding the release of prisoners, this was in front of the Samsung C&T building and in support of the campaign against the Samsung credit card. In these ways, the nonviolent action aimed at Samsung C&T was designed to make the struggle more of a national issue.

Nonviolent Resistance to US War Plans in Gangjeong, Jeju

By Angie Zelter

For five years, the Gangjeong villagers on the Island of Jeju, Republic of Korea (ROK/South Korea), have nonviolently and bravely resisted the construction of a naval base on their land. The proposed ROK naval base would cover 50 hectares of prime agricultural land and would be available for unlimited use by the United States (US) navy and military and would be used to host aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and AEGIS warships that are part of the US anti-ballistic missile defence (MD) system. It is also likely that the base would be used in the conflict with China that the US is planning and openly preparing for. The US Space Command have been computer war-gaming a first-strike attack on China (set in the year 2016) and the MD (really missile offence) is a key part of US first-strike strategy. MD systems have also proven to be capable anti-satellite weapons and they are driving a new arms race with Russia and China.

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