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S. Korean Conscientious Objectors Seek Alternative to Military Service

Kim Ji-kwan does not return to this jail on the outskirts of Seoul very often. Having spent just more than a year locked in one of its cells, the 33 year old's crime is one that many are afraid to commit: refusing to serve in South Korea’s military. “I became a conscientious objector because I learned from the Bible that you have to love your neighbor and your enemy," he says. "We should love life.” Kim’s father and two brothers also spent time in jail. As Jehovah’s...

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