Join with Amnesty International to stop the imprisonment of conscientious objectors in South Korea

What’s happening?

In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to join the military and serve for two years, and then report for reserve training over the next eight years. Those who refuse, no matter what the excuse, face up to three years in prison. Conscientious objectors are those who refuse to join the military for reasons of conscience.

South Korea imprisons more people for their objections than the rest of the world combined. Since 2000, they have held over 10,000 conscientious objectors in prison for their refusal to undertake military training. For these men, there is no other option available where they could undertake an alternative form of civilian service.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is heading up a campaign of signatures to send to the South Korean authorities to stop the imprisonment of conscientious objectors.

“Refusing to perform military service for reasons of conscience or profound personal conviction, without suffering any legal or other penalty is part of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, found in Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which South Korea is a state party, as well as in Articles 19 and 20 of the Constitution of South Korea.” – Amnesty International

We can call on them to recognise the right to conscientious objection as a human right inherent to the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and ask them to make appropriate provisions for conscientious objectors to military service.

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How you can help

Join Amnesty International in their call for action by signing their petition.

“Your signatures are powerful. Your names, in their thousands, can persuade the South Korean authorities to stop the imprisonment of conscientious objectors!” – Amnesty International


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