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JW-MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: Conscientious Objection in Korea

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A recent ruling by Korea's highest court is drawing renewed international scrutiny, highlighting the mistreatment of conscientious objectors in Korea. How has conscientious objection become an issue of human rights in Korea? This video, originally produced in 2008, sheds light on the history of this vital issue.


Conscientious Objectors

South Korea July 2011

Currently, there are 732 of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are imprisoned in South Korea. They have been charged under South Korea’s Military Service Act for their conscientious refusal of military service based on religious grounds. Since 1950, there have been 16,331 of Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to a combined total of 31,256 years for refusing to perform military service. The names, grounds (under Military Service Act*), duration of sentence, and present locations of detention are as follows:



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