Armenia

Sevak Aghekyan

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 5 Aug 2012
End of detention:
  • 4 Feb 2013
Country:
  • Armenia
Description:
  • Jehovah's Witness CO. Sentenced to 30 months for refusing to perform military service (article 327, para I)

Sevak Aghekyan

Country:
  • Armenia
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


Alik Davtyan

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 4 Aug 2010
End of detention:
  • 3 Feb 2013
Country:
  • Armenia
Description:
  • Jehovah's Witness CO. Sentenced to 30 months for refusing to perform military service (article 327, para I)

Alik Davtyan

Country:
  • Armenia
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


2nd Quarterly Activity Report 2011 by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights (1 April to 30 June 2011)

3. Reports and continuous dialogue.

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Report on Armenia.

(…) Regarding the right to conscientious objection, the Commissioner found that there was an urgent need to develop a genuinely civilian service option in Armenia and that all conscientious objectors who are in prison because of non-performance of military service should be released.

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CommDH(2011)28

Source: https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=1825409&Site=CommDH

European Court of Human Rights catching up with UN Human Rights Committee

Grand chamber judgement recognises right to conscientious objection to military service

GRAND CHAMBER: CASE OF BAYATYAN v. ARMENIA

(Application no. 23459/03)

JUDGMENT

STRASBOURG
7 July 2011
This judgment is final but may be subject to editorial revision.
 
In the case of Bayatyan v. Armenia,
The European Court of Human Rights, sitting as a Grand Chamber composed of:
Jean-Paul Costa, President, 
 Christos Rozakis, 
 Nicolas Bratza, 
 Peer Lorenzen, 
 Françoise Tulkens, 
 Nina Vajić, 
 Lech Garlicki, 
 Alvina Gyulumyan, 
 Dean Spielmann, 
 Renate Jaeger, 
 Sverre Erik Jebens, 
 Päivi Hirvelä, 
 Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska, 
 Ledi Bianku, 
 Mihai Poalelungi, 
 Nebojša Vučinić, 

Report by Thomas Hammarberg Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe following his visit to Armenia from 18 to 21 January 2011

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The issue of imprisoned conscientious objectors – currently, all of whom are members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses community - has been on the table for many years. Conscientious objectors are not willing to perform an alternative service option which is under the supervision of the military. There is still no alternative to military service available in Armenia which can be qualified as genuinely civilian in nature. The Commissioner strongly believes that conscien­tious objectors should not be imprisoned and urges the authorities to put in place an alternative civilian service.

Vahagn Alikhanyan

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 24 Sep 2010
End of detention:
  • 23 Mar 2013
Country:
  • Armenia
Description:
  • Jehovah's Witness CO. Sentenced to 30 months for refusing to perform military service (article 327, para I)

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