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South Korea: Serving in silence: LGBTI people in South Korea’s military

, Index number: ASA 25/0529/2019

There is no law criminalizing same-sex sexual activity between civilians in South Korea; however, Article 92-6 of the Military Criminal Act punishes sexual activity between men with up to two years in prison. The military code does more than legislate against particular sexual acts; it institutionalizes discrimination, reinforces systematic disadvantages for gay, bisexual and transgender people and risks inciting or justifying violence against them inside the military and in the broader society. This report demonstrates how soldiers experience discrimination, intimidation, violence and isolation as the direct or indirect result of the criminalization of sex between men in the military code.

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