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Yoon v. Republic of Korea
Human Rights Committee
Yeo-Bum Yoon and Myung-Jin Choi (objectors) (plaintiffs) were citizens of the Republic of Korea (defendant), i.e., South Korea, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. The objectors had religious beliefs that gave them conscientious objections to participating in military service in any form. When the objectors were drafted to serve in the military, they refused to serve and were imprisoned for their refusal. The objectors filed a complaint with the Human Rights Committee, arguing that being imprisoned for their religious beliefs violated article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (covenant). The Republic of Korea argued that compelled military service was necessary to maintain its national defense and to preserve the cohesiveness of its society.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
Concurrence (Solari-Yrigoyen, J.)
Dissent (Wedgwood, J.)
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