17 Jan '14, 3pm

South Korea jails hundreds for refusing military stints

In this Friday, Jan. 9. 2014 photo, a photo of 26-year-old dentist Jeon Seong-Jin is shown by his father Jeon Jang-Beom and mother Yoon Hyun-Jin during an interview in Seoul, South Korea. Ahn Young-joon/The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — The young dentist was uncuffed and led to his seat in the courtroom. A few rows back, his mother watched motionlessly, her hands gently clasped together as if in prayer. Jeon Seong-Jin is being punished for a crime that is not a crime at all in most of the world. A Jehovah's Witness, he has refused to become a soldier in South Korea, where all able-bodied male citizens are required to serve about 21 months in the army. More than 660 conscientious objectors have been jailed each year in South Korea, on average, from 2004 to 2012, far more than any other country. Eritrea is second, but imprisoned only about 50 conscientious objectors ...

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