Ben Wagner and I wrote an article about conscientious objection in Korea for this month's Groove Magazine, which can be read here. I previously wrote on this topic six years ago here. While I was researching the topic, I came across a documentary (here) about Kang Cheol-min, a private in the ROK military who in 2003 held a sit-in during his first leave to protest the ROK sending troops to Iraq, for which he served a year and a half in prison. I was interested in the documentary partly because some Korean friends brought me along to the sit-in and I met him at the time, and wasn't that surprised to find myself in the background of one scene. At any rate, here are a few related articles from the Korea Times over the years:
Alternative Military Services Planned
[Times Editorial] Alternative Service
Alternative Service for Conscientious Objectors Reconsidered
68% Oppose Alternative for Conscientious Objectors
Conscientious Objectors Top 5,000
Conscientious military service objectors will appeal to UN
Military sees surplus of conscripts after shortening service duration
Korea to keep alternative military service until 2015 (for those with health problems, not COs)
UN calls for fair treatment of conscientious objectors
'I'd rather go to jail than serve in military'
I shouldn't kick 'em when they're down, but...
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