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Finnish Peace Activists Denied Entry to Portugal

Press release 18.11.2010 at 09.15

Portuguese border guard denied entry of 35 Finnish antimilitarists to Portugal early on Thursday morning. The group was on it's way to NATO summit's non-violent counter event in Lisbon, Portugal. The bus trip is organized Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto (Union of COs, Finland).

Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto believes that the right to demonstrate should be part of every democracy in any situation. "Is NATO so much afraid of non-violent demonstrators, that they can't even be allowed in the same country?" Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto wonders.

Finland: Working group calls for radical changes in military service

HELSINGIN SANOMAT
29 September 2010
http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Working+group+calls+for+radical+changes...

Some conscripts could complete service in four months

A working group headed by Risto Siilasmaa has submitted a report to Minister of Defence Jyri Häkämies (Nat. Coalition Party) calling for a number of changes to Finland’s conscription system.

P. V.

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 7 Sep 2004
End of detention:
  • 17 Mar 2005
Land:
  • Finnland
Beschreibung:
  • Sentenced to 181 days in military prison due to his conscientious objection to military and sustitute service.

Finland: first female total objector to go to prison?

On 6 December 2009, Finnish Independence Day (a very militarist event in the country), a woman conscientious objector declared her total objection in Finland. She declared: "I don't want to support a machinery of violence by any means, because it is not creating a happy and just future for us. Militaristic activities only sow and feed hatred and bitterness. We should use all our resources for building and maintaining a sustainable future."

Woman conscientious objector faces prison in Finland

Helsinki Times
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 10:21

The Finnish Union of Conscientious Objectors said Tuesday that a Kainuu corporal might become the first woman to face prison for refusing to carry out her national service.

The corporal announced on Independence Day, 6 December, that she would refuse to carry out civilian as well as military national service, having signed up voluntarily last year. The Finnish Defence Forces said the case was unprecedented.

Otto Savonen

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 19 Oct 2009
End of detention:
  • 18 Apr 2010
Land:
  • Finnland
Beschreibung:
  • Total objection to military and substitute service

Otto Savonen

Land:
  • Finnland
Activist type:
  • Kriegsdienstverweigerer/in
Status:
  • Declared objector


Käyrän vankila

Land: 
Finnland
Detention centre address: 

Pappilantie 36
21370 Aura kk

Detentions: 

Juuso Aitio

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 1 Sep 2009
End of detention:
  • 1 Mar 2010
Land:
  • Finnland
Beschreibung:
  • Total objection to military and substitute service

Juuso Aitio

Land:
  • Finnland
Activist type:
  • Kriegsdienstverweigerer/in
Status:
  • Declared objector


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