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South Korea: New anti-discrimination bill offers 'hope' to LGBTI community

Responding to the introduction of a bill to outlaw discrimination in South Korea, including against LGBTI people, Arnold Fang, Amnesty International’s East Asia Researcher, said: “A law to effectively protect everybody from discrimination, including LGBTI people, could make South Korea a pioneer in Asia for passing such legislation. This is a welcome initiative which, if followed through, would give hope and safety to many. “International law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics. National legislation in South Korea to

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South Korea: Alternative to military service is new punishment for conscientious objectors

Conscientious objectors in South Korea will continue to be punished and stigmatised for refusing military service under a new alternative service law that was adopted today by the country’s parliament, said Amnesty International. Under the new law, those refusing military service on religious or other grounds will be required to work in a jail or other correctional facility for three years. Previously, they would have been jailed for 18 months. Landmark rulings by the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court in 2018 in effect recognised the right to conscientious objection in the country

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South Korea: Criminalisation of sex between men in military is 'devastating' - new report

Gay and trans soldiers in South Korea face violence, harassment and discrimination due to the criminalisation of consensual sex between men in the military, Amnesty International said today in a new report calling for the unjust law to be abolished. The 42-page report, Serving in Silence: LGBTI People in South Korea’s Military, the physical and mental reveals the devastating impact that criminalising consensual same-sex activity in South Korea’s military has on LGBTI people. In South Korea, it is compulsory for all men to perform a minimum 21 months of military service. Article 92-6 of the

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South Korea: top court orders abortion law reform in historic victory for women's rights

Country’s highly restrictive abortion laws to be reformed by end of 2020 Spotlight on UK Government to reform Northern Ireland abortion law as UK slips “further and further behind on women’s rights” – Grainne Teggart Responding to a ruling by South Korea’s Constitutional Court that orders the government to decriminalise abortion in the country and reform its highly restrictive abortion laws by the end of 2020, Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s East Asia Research Director commented: “Today’s ruling is a major step forward for the human rights of women and girls in South Korea. “The country

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Urgent Action: TV producer held in North Korea for 50 years

Former TV producer from South Korea not allowed to return to his home country after arriving involuntarily to North Korea

UA 13/19 issued 29/01/2019

Urgent Action good news: Activist's not guilty verdict upheld on appeal in South Korea

Lee Jin-young, operator of the online library ‘Labour Books’, was found not guilty.

2nd update on UA 20/17 issued 09/05/2018
Apr 27 2018 2:23PM
North Korea: Is change really around the corner?

At a time when the notoriously secretive state may be open to dialogue and senior officials are willing to talk about big issues such as nuclear weapons, could there be a permanent shift for North Korea?

Urgent action update: Supreme court upholds Korean activist's sentence

Kim Hye-young lost her second appeal, as the Supreme Court of South Korea upheld her two-year prison sentence. Authorities continue to refuse her outpatient treatment for mental health conditions, however her overall health situation has improved and she is due to be released in August 2017.

3rd update on UA 002/16 issued 13/03/2017

Urgent Action update: Activist held in solitary confinement in South Korea

Lee Jin-young is being held in solitary confinement after being formally charged under the National Security Law (NSL) for the online distribution of materials that are deemed, by South Korean authorities, to ‘benefit’ North Korea.

1st update on UA 20/17 issued 27/02/2017

Urgent Action: Activist detained for running online library in South Korea

Lee Jin-young has been arrested for the online distribution of materials that are deemed, by South Korean authorities, to ‘benefit’ North Korea. Detained since 5 January 2017, the prosecutor has until 4 February to either release or formally charge him.

UA 020/17 issued on 24/01/2017
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