International Conscientious Objection Day

Lots of people standing behind banners and holding up peace flags
International CO day, 2017. Photo: World Without War

Every year on 15th May we celebrate International Conscientious Objection Day.

This year we're focusing on South Korea, the country that imprisons more conscientious objectors than the rest of the world put together. But there's good news. Currently, there's no substitute service in South Korea, so if you don't want to go to the army, you go to jail. But the current President pledged to change this in his election manifesto, and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea has voted repeatedly to recommend that the South Korean government institute an alternative service system. See our recent news story:

So on 15th May we'll be asking the South Korean government to take the next step, finally recognise the rights of conscientious objectors, and stop sending them to prison. Sign up to our mailing list to hear more:



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