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The Seoul Supreme Court Now Says That Conscientious Objection is Illegal, Revoking the Acquittals in 16 Cases this Year.

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Judge Kim Jin-Wook, of the south Seoul District Court, dispatched two Jehovah's Witnesses to violate the military service act, in the last addition to a series of judicial rulings in favour of conscientious objectors. Men, both of whom were 23 years old, were accused of disobeying the government's order to enlist in the army in 2014 because of their faith.

The judge said that his non-compliance had " justifiable reasons " and that it was due to the government's " negligence " to provide alternative ways to serve the country.

There are about 20.000 conscientious objectors in South Korea who have gone to jail for refusing to serve in the armed forces based on freedom of thought, conscience or religion, as military service became mandatory for all Healthy Men during the 1950-1953 S WAR.

Conscientious objectors have been uniformly sentenced to 18 month s' imprisonment.

Only this year, more than 30 conscientious objectors have been acquitted. But the Supreme Court held that conscientious objection is illegal, revoking the acquittals in 16 cases this year.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170910000222

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So, basically the government does not want to have an alternative service program in place. They are probably concerned that too many folks would take advantage of the program and that might undermine their national defense program. Of course, it seems unlikely that in the case of an invasion by North Korea the small number of people who actually take advantage of any alternative service program (hence not learning the business end of a rifle) would not be enough to really effect the outcome when you consider that North Korea has one of the worlds largest standing armies. 

Basically North Korea exist to serve two groups. 1. To provide support to the Kims and their dynasty and 2. The military whose sole purpose is to keep in power the Kims and their dynasty. 

Only Jehovah's government has the ability to end this situation to the benefit of everybody concerned. 

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