Ulsan Court Acquits 2 Conscientious Objectors

Write : 2018-03-08 18:02:49 Update : 2018-03-08 18:30:23

Ulsan Court Acquits 2 Conscientious Objectors

A court in the southeastern city of Ulsan has acquitted two conscientious objectors indicted for refusing the mandatory military service. 

The Ulsan District Court on Thursday found innocent the two male Jehovah’s Witnesses, including a 22-year-old, citing Article 19 of the Constitution on the freedom of conscience.  

Jehovah’s Witnesses is a religious denomination that disapproves of using guns. 

The court said their refusal to pick up fire arms or receive military training was a legitimate conscientious decision based on their religious convictions. 

Another judge from the same court, however, sentenced a conscientious objector to 18 months in prison last October, seeing the mandatory military duty over the rights of conscience. 

The Incheon District Court also convicted two other conscientious objectors on Thursday, handing both 18-month prison terms. 

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