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South Korea Commission Says Military Punishment of Homosexuality Violates Soldiers' Rights

South Korea's Human Rights Commission says punishing gays in the military violates soldiers' rights, AFP reports:

Southkorea Under the current code, homosexuality among servicemen is punishable by up to one year in jail. The constitutional court is reviewing the issue following a request from a military court. The rights commission met this week to agree a position to deliver to the court next month. It said its majority opinion is that the law infringes gay soldiers' rights to equality, privacy and to choose a sexual preference. 'Homosexuality does not directly weaken combat capability, morale or unity,' the rights panel said in a report. 'Punishment by the military criminal law is against the current of the times because it infringes upon (soldiers) rights to equality.' There were 176 homosexuality cases in the military from 2004-2007 and three male soldiers were convicted, it said."

The commission also cited Canada, Australia and Israel as nations where gays can serve openly.

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  1. The U.S. and South Korean militaries have been intertwined for 60 years - very interesting development.

    Posted by: steve | Oct 27, 2010 10:03:37 AM

  2. Another country opts for an enlightened attitude towards gay equality. Meanwhile, back in the States......

    Posted by: mike | Oct 27, 2010 11:49:03 AM

  3. its a step in the right direction i suppose...but then i got to the "right to choose sexual preference" part and i was just like uh....

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 27, 2010 4:20:16 PM

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