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Imprisonment of total objector Juha Lehtonen

Activist:
Land:
  • Finnland
Not sent after:
  • 11 Jul 2004
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland). 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).

Imprisonment of total objector Juha Lehtonen

Dear Mrs President Tarja Halonen

I am very concerned about the imprisonment of conscientious objectors in Finland. I learned today that total objector Juha Lehtonen started his prison term recently, as one of 27 total objectors who were in prison as of 1 June 2004.

FINLAND: Total objector starts prison sentence

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  • Finnland
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On 8 March, Finnish total objector Aleksi Uski started to serve 192 days in prison for refusing to serve military or substitute service. Aleksi Uski's refusal is based on his anarchist-pacifist world view. He considers the conscription system as foolish and therefore does not accept any substitute civilian service as part of it. Although Finland has a law on conscientious objection, this law requires from any conscientious objector to perform a substitute service which is more than twice as long as military service, and therefore has to be considered as punitive.

Imprisonment of conscientious objectors in Finland

Land:
  • Finnland
Not sent after:
  • 24 Apr 2004
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland). 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).

Imprisonment of conscientious objectors in Finland

Dear Mrs President Tarja Halonen

I am very concerned about the imprisonment of conscientious objectors in Finland. I learned today that total objector Aleksi Uski started his prison term recently, as one of 24 total objectors who were in prison as of 2 March 2004.

The Right to Conscientious Objection to Military Service in selected member states of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Related peace activists: 
The right to conscientious objection is derived from Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and seen as a manifestation of the freedom of religion and belief. The then CSCE stressed the right to conscientious objection in paragraph 18 of the Document of the Copenhagen meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension in June 1990.The UN Commission on Human Rights stressed the right to conscientious objection in several resolution, most recently Resolution 1998/77, 2000/34, 2002/45. The Council of Europe also stresses the right to conscientious objection, especially in resolution 337 (1967) and recommendations 1518 (2001), R (87) 8, and 816 (1977).

FINLAND: Total Objector Pyry Nurmi started prison term today

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  • Finnland
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Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto, the Finnish affiliate of War Resisters' International, informed WRI today that total objector Pyry Nurmi reported at Suomenlinnan työsiirtola prison today to start his 197 days in prison.

FINLAND: Total objector Antti Rautiainen was arrested.

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  • Finnland
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22 years old total objector Antti Rautiainen (from Helsinki, Finland) started to serve his 59-days sentence at prison of Katajanokka, Helsinki on the 17th of July 2001. Imprisonment was the result of fines, which Rautiainen got because he refused to go to enrolment for military service and because he joined in five different demonstrations and civil disobedience-happenings during 1997-1999.

Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee: Finland

CCPR/C/79/Add.91
8 April 1998

(...)

21. The Committee reiterates its concern, expressed during the consideration of Finland's third report, that Jehovah's Witnesses are granted by domestic law preferential treatment as compared with other groups of conscientious objectors and recommends that the State Party review the law to bring it into full conformity with article 26 of the Covenant.

(...)

Source: http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf/(Symbol)/CCPR.C.79.Add.91.En?Opendocument

Case of Tomi Autio v. Finland (17086/90) - inadmissibility decision

AS TO THE ADMISSIBILITY OF

Application No. 17086/90

by Tomi AUTIO

against Finland

The European Commission of Human Rights sitting in private on 6 December 1991, the following members being present:

MM.C.A. NØRGAARD, President
J.A. FROWEIN
S. TRECHSEL
G. SPERDUTI
G. JÖRUNDSSON
A.S. GÖZÜBÜYÜK
A. WEITZEL
J.-C. SOYER
H.G. SCHERMERS
H. DANELIUS
Mrs.G. H. THUNE
SirBasil HALL
MM.F. MARTINEZ RUIZ
C.L. ROZAKIS
Mrs.J. LIDDY
MM.L. LOUCAIDES
A.V. ALMEIDA RIBEIRO
M.P. PELLONPÄÄ
B. MARXER

Mr. H.C. KRÜGER, Secretary to the Commission

L. T. K. v. Finland, Communication No. 185/1984

U.N. Doc. CCPR/C/OP/2 at 61 (1990).

Submitted by: L. T. K. (name deleted) undated, received on 18 October 1984
Alleged victim: The author
State party: Finland
Declared inadmissible: 9 July 1985 (twenty-fifth session)

Subject matter: Conscientious objector to military service

Procedural issues: Inadmissibility ratione materiae--Unsubstantiated allegations--Failure to state a claim--Compatibility with Covenant

Substantive issues: Freedom of conscience--Freedom of expression--Conscientious objector

Articles of the Covenant: 8 (3), 18 and 19

Paavo Muhonen vs Finland

Views of the Human Rights Committee under article 5, paragraph 4,
of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant
on Civil and Political Right

- Twenty-fourth session -

Communication No. 89/1981
Submitted by: Paavo Muhonen
Alleged victim: The author
State party concerned: Finland

Date of communication: 28 March 1981 (date of initial letter)

The Human Rights Committee established under article 28 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

Meeting on 8 April 1985,

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