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Constitutional Petition Filed Against Alternative Military Service Law

Constitutional Petition Filed Against Alternative Military Service Law

SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — A conscientious objector, now carrying out his alternative military service as a prison staff member under the current law after refusing to enlist for religious reasons, has filed a constitutional appeal contending that the alternative military service law is unconstitutional due to its punitive nature, judicial officials said Wednesday. [...]

Alternative Military Service Program for ‘Conscientious Objectors’ to Begin Monday

Alternative Military Service Program for ‘Conscientious Objectors’ to Begin Monday

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Justice said Wednesday it will begin a program that allows replacing mandatory military service for other public services due to religious or personal beliefs. Under the program, 64 “conscientious objectors” will begin their 36 months of alternative service Monday at three correctional facilities, including one in [...]

Court Finds Conscientious Objector Guilty for “Lacking Truthful Faith in Religion”

Court Finds Conscientious Objector Guilty for “Lacking Truthful Faith in Religion”

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — A Jehovah’s Witness who objected military service based on his religious faith has been convicted for violation of the Military Service Act. The grounds for the guilty verdict was that he previously enjoyed playing online shooting games, killing other gamers without feeling any pangs of conscience. For the man [...]

Alternative Military Service for Conscientious Objectors to Begin Next Year

Alternative Military Service for Conscientious Objectors to Begin Next Year

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean men who refuse to fulfill their mandatory military service due to religious or personal beliefs will be allowed to serve three years of alternative duty at local correctional facilities starting next year, the defense ministry said Monday. By law, all able-bodied South Korean men must carry out [...]

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 [...]