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 »

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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