South Korea Under Fire for Treatment of Gay Soldiers
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has called on South Korea’s military to “stop treating LGBTI people as the enemy.” In a report released Thursday, the organization detailed what it says are instances of violence and harassment against gay soldiers rooted in a law criminalizing sex between men in the military. That law, Amnesty says, “creates an environment where discrimination is tolerated, and even encouraged.”
What’s the bigger picture? South Korea is currently reexamining the nature of its mandatory military service, with recent court rulings supporting conscientious objectors and politicians pledging to shorten service times.