Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom

by Center for Military Human Rights Korea
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Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom
Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight for Freedom

Summary

The goal is to support victims of Korea's military law which criminalizes gay soldiers. First, this will provide legal assistance for 8 of the 26 victims who are or will be brought to trial. Second, it'll assist 3 or more active-duty soldiers suffering from disadvantageous dispositions, stigmatized as sex offenders. Also, it'll aid 11 constitutional appeals repealing the sodomy law. As such, this project will organize a civil movement to end discrimination.

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Challenge

In 2017, the Army Chief of Staff ordered a search for all gay soldiers. The Army military police threatened 26 with a forceful outing, made them call their ex to have a verbal confession. So far, 7 were convicted and branded as sex offenders. Those in active service is facing disadvantageous dispositions (promotion, wage, etc.), so some had to leave the military. Also, the Navy in 2019 tracked down 3 more; 2 were penalized. Not surprisingly, the MP investigators are still in the same post.

Solution

First, this will help 5 victims' trials pending before the Supreme & High Court and assist the legal fight of 4 victims being discriminated against for being gay and branded as sex offenders. Forced on leave with annual half-pay, some are at risk of losing their occupations. Third, it'll help constitutional appeal procedures. Essentially, this project will organize civil societies to launch a campaign to urge the Court to declare unconstitutionality over the bigoted sodomy law.

Long-Term Impact

Providing remedial measures to those who have suffered from psychological, physical and occupational damages. Open the door for re-trials for those who were convicted for the sodomy law from July 2016 (the last constitutional decision) - thus, we need to campaign for public awareness about sexual and other social minorities in Korea. Thus, all may enjoy the freedom of occupation, self-actualization & personal security. Lastly, the right to privacy of the citizens in uniform will be valued again.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Organization Information

Center for Military Human Rights Korea

Location: Seoul - South Korea
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Twitter: @cmhrk
Center for Military Human Rights Korea
CMHRK Military HR Korea
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CMHRK Military HR Korea
Seoul, South Korea

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