|Title:||South Korea Conscientious Objector - Yang Ji Woon|
Short film produced by Amnesty International's Regional Office in Hong Kong.
The film focuses on Yang Ji-woon, a voice actor and a father of three sons, all of who have been in prison or on trial for being a conscientious objector.
In South Korea, men who refuse to undergo compulsory military service are tried in civil courts for violation of the, Military Services Act (MSA). Under the MSA typically all males ages 18-35must serve an average of 24 months active military service followed by subsequent duties in the Reserved Forces for the following eight years. Most conscientious objectors in South Korea currently serve a minimum of 18 months in prison. They leave prison with a criminal record and are consequently discriminated against when seeking employment.
The large majority of conscientious objectors in South Korea are Jehovah’s Witnesses. The remainder conscientiously object because of other religious beliefs or have moral, ethical, humanitarian or similar reasons for refusing to carry out military service. There is no provision in South Korean law for conscientious objectors to military service to do an alternative civilian form of service.
|Language:||ENGLISH , INTERNATIONAL , KOREAN|
COUNTRY: ASIA AND THE PACIFIC/EAST ASIA/SOUTH KOREA
SUBJECTS: CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS
|Tags:||Jang Ji Woon, South Korea, military service, conscription, International Conscientious Objection Day, Jehovahs Witness|
|Copyright Type:||Amnesty International|
|Copyright Credit:||Amnesty International|
|Shotlist/Transcript List Public:||
(EMBARGO ENDS 13 May BST 00:01)
00:03 My name is Yang Ji Woon
00:11 I have three sons.
Yang Won June
34 years old
Served 36 months jail term
00:14 My first two sons have served time for
00:16 objecting to mandatory military service
Yang Won Wook
24 years old
Served 18 months jail term
00:19 My third son is now on trial.
Yang Won Suk
22 years old
00:25 As a father, I am deeply distressed.
00:36 As... Read more
|Date Photo or Video Created:||11/05/2015 00:00|
|Place Created:||HONG KONG|