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JAN 17, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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SKorea jails hundreds for refusing military stints

Even where conscription still exists, governments often allow conscientious objectors to serve their countries without bearing arms, but not in South Korea. "Seong-Jin can use his medical expertise to serve his country instead of being in jail," says his mother, Yoon Hyun-Jin, wiping away tears at last month's trial. The United Nations Human Rights Committee criticizes South Korea for not recognizing conscientious objectors and failing to give them alternatives to military service— a violation of freedom of thought, conscience and religion recognized in the International Covenant on Civil ... Read More

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