Apply to Join

Help 26 Korean Gay Soldiers Fight Legal Battles

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

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.

$305
total raised
8
donors
0
monthly donors
4
months

Challenge

In 2017, the Army Chief of Staff ordered a search for all gay soldiers. About 50 were detected until the timely intervention of us. Of those, military police threatened 26 with forceful outing. They are still in the Army MP. Meanwhile, 7 were convicted, and the others have been branded as sex offenders. The Navy in 2018 tracked down 4 more; 3 are under investigation.

Solution

First, this'll 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 abolish it.

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.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

http:/​/​www.mhrk.org/​
BBC interview with a victim of 2017 Gay Witch-Hunt
CNN news report on Korean Army's Gay Witch-Hunt
CMHRK' Press Release 2017 Deploring Army's Hunting
CMHRK' Press Release 2018 Deploring Navy's Hunting

Organization Information

Center for Military Human Rights Korea

Location: Seoul - South Korea
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @cmhrk
Project Leader:
MILITARY HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER KOREA
Seoul, South Korea

Retired Project!

This project is no longer accepting donations.
 

Still want to help?

Find another project in South Korea or in LGBTQAI+ that needs your help.
Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.