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