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Gay S. Korean conscript wins refugee status in Canada

posted Dec 17, 2011, 4:42 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 4:43 PM ]
2011/12/15 11:36 KST Yonhap News
SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- Canada awarded a South Korean man refugee status after he objected to the mandatory military service in his home country for being a pacifist and a homosexual, a local human rights group said Thursday.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) granted the status in July 2009 to Kim Kyung-hwan, 31, saying the gay conscript is highly likely to face abuse and mistreatment back home, according to the Center for Military Human Rights in Korea, which brought the story to light two years after the fact.

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