Coercive Conversion Programmes


<New York Times Published Advertisement image– 28th of Nov, 2018>

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Awareness of the severity of the violation of human rights increases as citizens make the “Incident of the late Ms. Ji-in Gu” known through foreign press

With the upcoming anniversary of the death of Ms Ji-in Gu from Hwasun, Jeonnam, who died at the hands of her family who attempted to forcibly convert her religious beliefs, ordinary citizens wishing to bring an end to coercive conversion practices which still run rampant, published an advertisement calling for a “Ban on Coercive Conversion” in The New York Times.

Last year in South Korea, where freedom of religion is guaranteed by its Constitution, a woman was kidnapped and killed because of her different religious beliefs. However, the domestic South Korean press turned a hard, cold shoulder on the incident, writing it off as a “religious matter” and a “family issue.”

As a result, the pastors who use coercive conversion as a means of generating income are still formulating and encouraging such programmes. There have been 137 confirmed victims of coercive conversion so far this year as of the end of October, and the danger of other instances of the “Ji-in Gu incident” occurring is increasing.

In contrast to Korea, overseas press and media in countries such as the US considered coercive conversion as a severe violation of human rights and shed the spotlight on the death of Ji-in Gu.

There were in fact rallies and campaigns against coercive conversion programmes held in 23 cities in 15 countries that followed the death of Ji-in Gu, of which 33 foreign press provided active coverage.

Following this, voluntary donors gathered funds together for the anniversary of her death, to publicize in The New York Times the current state of coercive conversion and support the banning of this practice.

According to the content published in the New York Times on the 27th November, a young woman (the late Ji-in Gu) was kidnapped through a programme created by pastors of the CCK (the Christian Council of Korea) to convert the religious beliefs of its targets. She escaped from the first attempt and even participated in a rally held to oppose the practice, but the second time she was kidnapped she died of asphyxiation.

The article states that in the wake of her death, the entire globe is drawing attention to the violation of the universal right to the freedom of religion, and emphasized that efforts to aid those that need protection from religious persecution are on the rise.

It pleads for its readers to take interest and participate in the protection of victims like Ji-in Gu, and give support to rallies against the CCK and coercive conversion programmes.




  1. it is sad,
    that the government tolerates compulsory conversion at all! the human dignity is inviolable!?! every human being regardless of the ethical origin, has the right to live as he wants, as long as he harms nobody !!! I am for peace and religion is for me the answer to this peace. People who force one to compulsorily convert should be severely punished by the government.
    the government should not be easy to see and do nothing about it, this injustice must end!
    Korea is a beautiful country that should not be shared !!!

  2. I got the chills as I read this..why will the family do this? Everyone should enjoy the freedom of religion. Who made the parents do such things? Does anyone know? Why would this parents believe some strangers from this CCK rather then their own daughter. ..

  3. This is really sad. That in our modern day and age there are still pastors who do these things to other humans. Can we not all live in peace regardless of our religion? These old corrupt religious institutions, like the CCK, should really be abolished.

    • I am a Korean. South. I am well aware of this article. It’s sad news that a woman died because she didn’t change her religion. It’s sad, but the religion she believed was Shinchonji, a Korean heretic religion. Shinchonji is a religion where a bishop refers to himself as Jesus Christ. He says that humans are not supposed to die. He teaches us that all humans can live forever if they trust him.
      It is true that her death is so sad, but I hope you will also understand the sad feelings of her family.

  4. I can’t believe, that this is happening in South Korea, such a highly developed land. How can the government ignore it, that the human rights of life, health and religious freedom are despised by this CCK.
    It should stop. We should boycott South Korean products such as Samsung, that the government sees that this cruelly behaviour in South Korea will be seen and punished and ceased!

  5. No Way! Where is the human rights gone..? They call themselves Christians??! It’s just unbelievable wht happens in South Korea. Stop CCK.

  6. this is unbelievable. religious right are basics human rights. those CCK pastors need to be punished for their actions. They are hurting and breaking families only for the money!

    • The article says ‘There have been 137 confirmed victims of coercive conversion so far this year as of the end of October.’..:(

  7. While I’m not so happy about the reality that these programs exist , the fact that awareness for works like this are prevalent will really open eyes. Many places suffer religious oppression , starting with making change here, we can make change happen everywhere.


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