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Conscientious Objectors Get Prison Time Despite Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision

Conscientious Objectors Get Prison Time Despite Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision

SEOUL, May 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision last year that religious and conscientious beliefs are to be considered valid reasons for refusing the military service mandate, an increasing number of courts across South Korea have been accepting conscientious objectors. However, there continue to be a number of cases where objectors [...]

S. Korean Prosecution Taps into Gaming Records to Argue Against Conscientious Objectors

S. Korean Prosecution Taps into Gaming Records to Argue Against Conscientious Objectors

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean Supreme Court ruled last November that a person can conscientiously object to military service if it is indeed based on true conscience. Now, conscientious objectors can be exempted from punishment for not serving in the military as long as they have ‘justifiable grounds’. However, controversy still [...]

Verifying Conscientious Objection with Gaming Records

Verifying Conscientious Objection with Gaming Records

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — According to legal circle insiders, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office issued 10 guidelines to prosecutor’s offices nationwide on December 3 of last year to determine whether the claims of conscientious objectors are true. Conscientious objectors are individuals who refuse to serve in the military for religious reasons. Thus, the objectors [...]

Conscientious Objectors to Serve at Correctional Facilities for 36 Months

Conscientious Objectors to Serve at Correctional Facilities for 36 Months

SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean men who refuse to join the military due to religious faith will be subject to three years of alternative duty at local correctional facilities, nearly double the length of service for Army draftees, the defense ministry announced Friday. The ministry put on public notice the proposed revision [...]

Prosecutors’ Office Distributes Guidelines on Conscientious Objectors

Prosecutors’ Office Distributes Guidelines on Conscientious Objectors

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Regarding the Supreme Court ruling that found conscientious objectors not guilty of evading military service, prosecutors have come up with detailed guidelines on how to discern “true conscientious objectors,” which is a key legal issue. According to the Prosecutors’ Office, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office distributed the guidelines yesterday to [...]

Jailed Conscientious Objectors Released on Parole After Landmark Court Ruling

Jailed Conscientious Objectors Released on Parole After Landmark Court Ruling

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Most conscientious objectors imprisoned for refusing military service were released on parole Friday, following the Supreme Court’s recent not-guilty verdict. The Ministry of Justice said that 58 inmates convicted for refusing to serve in the military, due to religious beliefs and reasons of conscience, were released from prisons and [...]

Supreme Court Rules Religious Belief Valid Reason for Refusing Mandatory Military Service

Supreme Court Rules Religious Belief Valid Reason for Refusing Mandatory Military Service

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that religious and conscientious beliefs are to be considered valid reasons for refusing the military service mandate, overturning its decision from 14 years ago. In a 9-4 vote, the full bench led by Chief Justice Kim Meong-su delivered the decision and ordered an appellate [...]

Government to Discuss Alternative Military Service for Religious Conscientious Objectors

Government to Discuss Alternative Military Service for Religious Conscientious Objectors

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has submitted a human rights review report to the United Nations, making known its intention to discuss possible alternatives to the country’s mandatory military service for conscientious objectors on religious grounds. According to the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday, South Korea’s third Universal Periodic Review [...]