Freedom of Religion in the Schools

July 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hankyoreh

Ten civic organizations, including the Lawyers for Democratic Society and Citizens’ Solidarity for Human Rights, held a press conference to announce that they support a lawsuit filed by Kang Ui-seok against his high school in front of the Seoul Appellate Court on July 7. In the foreground, an activist with one of the groups performs a sketch representing the repression of freedom of religion in the schools.

In 2004, Kang was expelled from Daegwang High School for disobeying an order to attend a chapel service in school. He filed a petition with the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and went on a hunger strike that lasted 36 days to urge the school to give its students the freedom of religion.