EGMR: Procedure for obtaining conscientious objector status in Russia complies with the European Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Dyagilev v. Russia (application no. 49972/16) the European Court of Human Rights held, by four votes to three, that there had been no violation of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the procedure in Russia for examining requests to replace compulsory military service with its civilian alternative. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Hendrik Meyer-Magister, Wehrdienst und Verweigerung als komplementäres Handeln

Bei Gründung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland wurde mit Art. 4 Abs. 3 GG erstmals in einem deutschen Staatswesen ein Verfassungsrecht auf Kriegsdienstverweigerung verankert. Den Protestantismus stellte das vor eine neue Frage: Könnten Protestanten in einer westdeutschen Armee Wehrdienst leisten oder müssten sie von ihrem Verweigerungsrecht Gebrauch machen? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Lack of civilian service as an alternative to military service precluded recognition of conscientious objection, in breach of the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Mushfig Mammadov and Others v. Azerbaijan (application no. 14604/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 9 (right to freedom of conscience, thought and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the applicants’ refusal on religious grounds to serve in the army. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgement on Thursday 17 October 2019 – Mushfig Mammadov and Others v. Azerbaijan (nos. 14604/08, 45823/11, 76127/13, and 41792/15)

The applicants, Mushfig Faig oglu Mammadov, Samir Asif oglu Huseynov, Farid Hasan oglu Mammadov, Fakhraddin Jeyhun oglu Mirzayev and Kamran Ziyafaddin oglu Mirzayev, are five Azerbaijani nationals who were born in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1993 and 1994 respectively and live in Baku and Ganja (in the case of Mr Fakhraddin Jeyhun oglu Mirzayev) (Azerbaijan). All five state that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Shortcomings in Armenian alternative to military service for conscientious objectors before 2013

The case Adyan and Others v. Armenia (application no. 75604/11) concerned four Jehovah’s Witnesses who were convicted in 2011 for refusing to perform either military or alternative civilian service because of their religious beliefs. Before both the local authorities and the courts, they argued that, even though domestic law did provide for an alternative to military service, it was not of a genuinely civilian nature, as it was supervised by the military authorities. They were released from prison in 2013 following a general amnesty. They served more than two years of their prison sentence. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Savda v. Turkey (no. 2) (no. 2458/12)

The applicant, Halil Savda, is a Turkish national who was born in 1974 and lives in Istanbul (Turkey). The case concerned Mr Savda’s criminal conviction for having read out a statement to the press entitled “We are in solidarity with the Israeli conscientious objectors”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 15 November 2016 – Savda v. Turkey (no. 2) (no. 2458/12)

The applicant, Halil Savda, is a Turkish national who was born in 1974 and lives in Istanbul (Turkey). The case concerns Mr Savda’s criminal conviction for having read out a statement to the press entitled “We are in solidarity with the Israeli conscientious objectors”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Greek conscientious objector did not enjoy the necessary procedural safeguards in having his request for alternative civilian service examined

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Papavasilakis v. Greece (application no. 66899/14) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the authorities’ refusal to grant Mr Papavasilakis the status of conscientious objector and to allow him to do alternative civilian work instead of military service. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 15 September 2016 – Papavasilakis v. Greece (no. 66899/14)

The applicant, Leonidas Papavasilakis, is a Greek national who was born in 1988 and lives in Ikaria (Greece). The case concerns the authorities’ refusal to grant Mr Papavasilakis conscientious objector status and to allow him to carry out alternative civilian work instead of his military service. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

Bundestag: 431 Kriegsdienstverweigerer anerkannt

431 Soldaten und Soldatinnen der Bundeswehr wurden zwischen dem 01.07.2014 und dem 30.06.2016 durch das Bundesamt für Familie und zivilgesellschaftliche Aufgaben als Kriegsdienstverweigerer anerkannt. Dies teilt die Bundesregierung in ihrer Antwort (BT-Dr 18/9300) auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Fraktion „Die Linke“ (BT-Dr 18/9003) mit. 160 Anträge auf Kriegsdienstverweigerung von Soldaten und Soldatinnen seien abgelehnt worden, 53 Anträge seien unzulässig gewesen oder zurückgezogen worden. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

Bundestag: Linke fragt nach Kriegsdienstverweigerern

Mit Kriegsdienstverweigerungen aus Gewissensgründen befasst sich die Fraktion „Die Linke“ in einer Kleinen Anfrage (BT-Dr 18/9003). Seit Aussetzung der Wehrpflicht seien Antragsteller in der Regel Soldaten, die in einem aktiven Dienstverhältnis stünden. Die unmittelbare Konfrontation mit militärischer Gewalt in Kampfeinsätzen führe bei vielen Soldaten zu einem Gesinnungswandel, diese Einsätze aus Gewissensgründen zu verweigern. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Ill-treatment of a person refusing to perform military service and claiming the status of conscientious objector

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Enver Aydemir v. Turkey (application no. 26012/11) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned Mr Aydemir’s refusal to perform military service because of his religious beliefs, and also the subsequent proceedings against him, and his alleged ill-treatment on account of his refusal. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 7 June 2016 – Enver Aydemir v. Turkey (no. 26012/11)

The applicant, Enver Aydemir, is a Turkish national who was born in 1977 and lives in Istanbul (Turkey). The case concerns Mr Aydemir’s refusal to perform military service because of his religious beliefs; it also concerns the proceedings subsequently brought against him and his allegations of ill-treatment on account of his refusal. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

VG Trier: Kriegsdienstverweigerung eines Zeitsoldaten erfordert Schlüsselerlebnis

Ein Zeitsoldat, der seinen Grundwehrdienst geleistet hat, ohne einen Konflikt mit dem Gewissen zu empfinden, muss für den Fall, dass er nachträglich den Kriegsdienst verweigern will, den Nachweis einer Umkehr der gewissensmäßigen Einstellung zum Kriegsdienst mit der Waffe führen. Dafür müsse er ein Schlüsselerlebnis belegen können. Dies hat die 1. Kammer des VG Trier mit Urteil vom 10.11.2015 entschieden. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

VG Aachen: Bundeswehrarzt auch nach 20 Jahren Dienstzeit als Kriegsdienstverweigerer anzuerkennen

Die 1. Kammer des VG Aachen unter Vorsitz von Vizepräsident Markus Lehmler hat der Klage eines Sanitätsoffiziers im Rang eines Oberfeldarztes auf Anerkennung als Kriegsdienstverweigerer nach 20 Jahren Dienstzeit stattgegeben. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Buldu and Others v. Turkey (no. 14017/08)

The four applicants, Çağlar Buldu, Barış Görmez, Ersin Ölgün and Nevzat Umdu are Turkish nationals, who were born between 1972 and 1983 and live in Istanbul and İzmir, except for Mr Görmez, who was being held at the Isparta military prison when he lodged his application. They are Jehovah’s Witnesses who refuse to carry out their military service for reasons of conscience. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 3 June 2014 – Buldu and Others v. Turkey (no. 14017/08)

The four applicants, Çağlar Buldu, Barış Görmez, Ersin Ölgün and Nevzat Umdu are Turkish nationals, who were born between 1972 and 1983 and live in Istanbul and İzmir, except for Mr Görmez, who was being held at the Isparta military prison when he lodged his application. They are Jehovah’s Witnesses who refuse to carry out their military service for reasons of conscience. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

Bundestag: Zahl der Anträge auf Anerkennung als Kriegsdienstverweigerer

In den Jahren 2002 bis 2012 haben 31.985 Bundeswehrsoldaten einen Antrag auf Anerkennung als Kriegsdienstverweigerer gestellt. Dies teilt die Bundesregierung in ihrer Antwort (BT-Dr 17/12632) auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Fraktion „Die Linke“ (BT-Dr 17/12352) mit. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

Bundestag: Kriegsdienstverweigerung

Die Fraktion „Die Linke“ verlangt Auskunft über die Kriegsdienstverweigerung von Berufs- und Zeitsoldaten. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Tarhan v. Turkey (no. 9078/06)

The applicant, Mehmet Tarhan, is a Turkish national who was born in 1977 and lives in Sivas (Turkey). The case concerns his refusal to do military service because of his pacifist beliefs. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

BVerwG: Berufs- und Zeitsoldaten des Sanitätsdienstes haben Rechtsschutzbedürfnis für Antrag auf Anerkennung als Kriegsdienstverweigerer

Aktive Berufs- und Zeitsoldaten des Sanitätsdienstes der Bundeswehr haben ebenso wie Wehrpflichtige und alle anderen Soldaten der Bundeswehr einen Anspruch darauf, dass das Bundesamt für Familie und zivilgesellschaftliche Aufgaben (früher: Bundesamt für den Zivildienst) ein Anerkennungsverfahren durchführt, wenn sie einen Antrag auf Anerkennung als Kriegsdienstverweigerer stellen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Feti Demirtas v. Turkey (no. 5260/07)

The applicant, Mr Feti Demirtas, is a Turkish national who was born in 1981 and lives in Istanbul. He was baptised as a Jehovah’s Witness at the age of 20 and refuses to perform his military service. He has declared his willingness to perform alternative civilian service. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Bukharatyan v. Armenia (application no. 37819/03), Tsaturyan v. Armenia (no. 37821/03)

The applicants, Hayk Bukharatyan and Ashot Tsaturyan, are Armenian nationals who were both born in 1980 and live in Yerevan. Jehova’s Witnesses, they complained about being convicted and sentenced to two years in prison in April 2003 for refusing to serve in the army. They relied on Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »