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FINLAND: Total objector Visa Savolainen starts 173 days home detention

Activist:
Land:
  • Finnland
Alert:

Finnish total objector Visa Savolainen began a sentence of 173 days "home detention" on Tuesday 27th October. Visa, a 21-years old political and social activist from Tampere, was sentenced on 28 August by Eastern Uusimaa district court (Itä-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus) for "refusal of civilian service" (siviilipalveluksesta kieltäytyminen).

Send a protest email to the Finnish prime minister here.

Free conscientious objector Visa Savolainen

Activist:
Land:
  • Finnland
Not sent after:
  • 31 Jan 2016
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Prime Minister Juha Sipilä). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Free conscientious objector Visa Savolainen

Dear Prime Minister,

I am extremely concerned to hear of the house detention of conscientious objector Visa Savolainen.

Visa Savolainen was sentenced 173 days of house detention on 28 August by Eastern Uusimaa district court (Itä-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus) for "refusal of civilian service" (siviilipalveluksesta kieltäytyminen). His detention began on the 27 October, and will end in April 2016.

Visa Savolainen

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 27 Oct 2015
End of detention:
  • 17 Apr 2016
Land:
  • Finnland
Beschreibung:
  • Under 'home detention'.

    Write to Visa Savolainen
    c/o AKL
    Rauhanasema, Veturitori 3
    00520 Helsinki
    Finland

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