AFPBB News – 1st November 2018
“Refused conscientious military service” is justified, the Korean Supreme Court makes landmark judgment
【November 1, AFP】 (Updated, Photo added) On September 1, the Korean Dharma Court (Supreme Court) issued a ruling that moral beliefs and religious beliefs will be accepted as justified reasons for refusing military service. It is likely that it will affect the way many trials surrounding conscientious refusal of military service by judgment overturning the judgment of the Daigakuin 14 years ago.
In South Korea for 65 years since the armistice agreement of the Korean War was concluded, all healthy boys aged 18 to 35 years are mandated for military service for about two years. Normally, refusal to military service is a prison sentence of imprisonment in June and June, there is no option such as community service activities to replace military service. Since 1950, about 19,000 people have been imprisoned with conscientious refusal of military service, many of whom are believers of religious group “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.
However, according to Yonhap news, the Daisho said on January 1, at the trial of a male believer of Jehovah’s Witnesses who refused military service in 2013, showed that “rejection of military service by conscience is regarded as a justifiable reason” It was. The High Court (High Court) was supporting the conviction of the first instance.
According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Korea there are currently over 900 judges over conscientious refusal of military service. (c) AFP
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