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JANUARY 15, 2013

South Korea: UN Human Rights Committee Ruling

South Korea: UN Human Rights Committee Ruling

The United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled on October 25, 2012, that South Korea is obligated to provide adequate compensation to 388 conscientious objectors among Jehovah’s Witnesses for violating their rights. South Korea is also obligated to expunge their criminal records. The ruling adds weight to a similar March 24, 2011, ruling in favor of 100 Witnesses in Korea who were also sentenced to prison for conscientious objection. Spokesman Dae-il Hong states: “These rulings provide an incentive for South Korea to release the 733 young Korean Witnesses currently in prison.”

Media Contacts:

International: J. R. Brown, Office of Public Information, tel. +1 718 560 5000

Republic of Korea: Dae-il Hong, tel. +82 10 3951 0835