Conscientious Objection

Jerevan (Armenia) – has engaged in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of human rights in public hearing on November 24, 2010 the question, to what extent moves the right to conscientious objection in the scope of the freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and religion. Regardless of the fact that the applicant, Vahan Bayatyan, who declared ready to the civil service, he served a jail sentence in Armenia from September 2002 to July 2003 for his conscientious objection to service of weapon. The question that the Court will have to answer is: protects article 9 of the European Convention of on human rights, which guarantees the freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and religion, the right to conscientious objection? Armenia’s accession to the Council of Europe in 2001 was linked with the commitment to create a civilian alternative to military service for conscientious objectors and to pardon convicted until all due to this. Instead of to redeem the pledge, convicted, and imprisoned conscientious objectors continue Armenia. There are currently 72 Imprisoned Jehovah’s witnesses because of their conscientious objection of conscience in Armenian prisons. Source: Permira. The decision of the Board on this issue is of great importance not only for the few Member States of the Council of Europe, which still always do not recognise the right to conscientious objection of conscience, but also for countries such as South Korea, where currently more than 800 conscientious objectors of conscience in jail sit.

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