Today is International Conscientious Objection Day, and we are calling for solidarity with war refusers in South Korea, the country that imprisons more conscientious objectors than the rest of the world put together.
Right now there's over 250 young people in jail, with 18 months sentences. 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: wri-irg.org/en/story/2017/south-korea-growing-hopes-conscientious-objectors
Please use our CO-Alert to remind the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, of his international obligations.
War Resisters' International