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Those found guilty of such acts in the military can be sent to prison for up to two years, though a Korean legal expert speaking on the condition of anonymity said the ban hasn’t been strictly enforced and jailing suspects for the charge is highly unusual.
The law was upheld by Korean judges last year after a legal challenge.
On Monday (April 17), the center released screenshots of in-app conversations dated Feb.
15 showing a discussion between two soldiers about exchanging photos and which military units they serve in.
The army “strives to ensure that the human rights of gay men in service aren’t violated, and forbids involuntary outing and discrimination as well as guaranteeing privacy according to the law.”A defense ministry spokesman said it couldn’t comment on ongoing investigations.
Domestic and foreign human rights groups have criticized human rights violations by Korea’s military in the past.
In 2016, openly transgender people could also serve in the US armed forces.
Groups like Amnesty International have also routinely cricitized the Korean military’s policy of jailing conscientious objectors—according to the human rights group, Korea imprisons more conscientious objectors than every other country put together.“He treated his men who did their best to protect their homeland as if they were culprits and made them suffer the most horrible fear — losing personal dignity.“He must take responsibility and resign immediately.” Although same-sex sexual activiy is not illegal in the country, the army retains a code of conduct that bans homosexuality, and military service is mandatory.The allegations draw attention to Korea’s conservative attitudes towards homosexuality, particularly in the military, which is one of the country’s most powerful institutions.It’s a crime for Korean soldiers to engage in consensual homosexual acts, but that’s not true of same-sex relations; outside the army, same-sex relations are legal but not widely accepted.
All able-bodied men in Korea are required to serve about two years in the military, which has about 630,000 active-duty soldiers (for comparison, the US has about 1.3 million active military personnel).