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South Korea: UN Human Rights Committee Ruling

JANUARY 15, 2013 | SOUTH KOREA

The United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled on October 25, 2012, that South Korea is obligated to provide adequate compensation to 388 conscientious objectors among Jehovah’s Witnesses for violating their rights. South Korea is also obligated to expunge their criminal records. The ruling adds weight to a similar March 24, 2011, ruling in favor of 100 Witnesses in Korea who were also sentenced to prison for conscientious objection. Spokesman Dae-il Hong states: “These rulings provide an incentive for South Korea to release the 733 young Korean Witnesses currently in prison.”

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wow that is fantastic news the brothers suffer so much in Korea. Work is almost impossible to get with a criminal record. Not only do they have to be imprisoned with hard core vile criminals.

After they are released and try to enter the work force because of their criminal record they can't work which leads to emotional and mental distress.

A lot come to Australia on working holidays unfortunately it can only be for a short time.

Some brothers have obtained refugee status but that is extremely difficult, it is done only by each individual case.

The brothers usually have their own business and employ other brothers.

Jehovah always provides enough to get by.

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That is fantastic news!

At our Circuit Assembly last weekend in the talk "Giving attention to the needs of the Circuit" our new CO said we had direction from the Governing Body to remember those in prison bonds and that our prayers have power. Our brothers and sisters are being treated unfairly and we need to appeal to Jehovah to hear their cries for help. Some of these are just boys, 18 years of age, so can we ask for holy spirit for them - plead with Jehovah as Jesus did for his disciples - this will give them peace and calmness to stand firm.

He said Jehovah's organisation is appealing for us to pray for them, to feel as though it's us going through it.

He mentioned 700 brothers in prison in South Korea; Singapore; Ukraine - where there was an attempt to confiscate the branch building to disrupt work.

Jehovah certainly listens to our prayers and hopefully there will be relief for our brothers in South Korea.

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