Campaigners demand to stop persecution of gay militants in South Korea


According to campaign group the Military Human Rights Center for Korea (MHRCK), General Jang Jun-kyu, army chief of staff in South Korea launched a “track-down process” to find and out suspected gay personnel. The general created fake profiles on gay hook-up apps to find the soldiers who are gay and to out them.
In general, homosexuality is not outlawed in Korea, but legally punishable in military circles with up to 2 years behind bars. Kyle Knight, a researcher in the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch, accused South Korea’s government of hypocrisy. He says it the government had “consistently voted to support measures at the United Nations that call for an end to discrimination against LGBT people, but has failed to uphold those principles at home”. 13 people were detained following the protests, (in part the local university students demanding to get them arrested too in a sign of solidarity) with some dragged away, according to LGBT rights group Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea.


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