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Articles related to conscientious objection

20 Feb 2009
Spanish

Andreas Speck es insumiso y activista histórico del movimiento pacifista y antinuclear en Alemania. En la actualidad es coordinador de la Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra (una red pacifista mundial de grupos y personas fundada en 1921) para los programas de apoyo a la objeción de conciencia en países como Colombia, Israel, Grecia, Chile y Corea del Sur.

15 Jan 2009
English

In this presentation I will give an overview of the right to conscientious objection, its legal practices and frameworks in the 27 European Union member states. Before I do so, I want to step back a bit and have a brief look at the existing international standards about the right to conscientious objection, as these standards allow us to put the practices in the EU member states into a perspective.

23 Oct 2008
English

Issues

  • France does not recognise the right to conscientious objection for professional soldiers.

Military recruitment

Conscription

In 2001, France ended conscription in peacetime1. This was based on a change of the National Service Law in 19972. However, conscription is in fact only suspended, and can be reintroduced in times of war or an emergency.

09 Nov 1999
English

Distr. RESTRICTED*

CCPR/C/67/D/666/1995

9 November 1999

Original: ENGLISH


HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Sixty-seventh session

18 October - 5 November 1999

VIEWS

Submitted by : Frédéric Foin (represented by François Roux, lawyer in France)

Alleged victim: The author

State party: France

Date of communication: 20 July 1995 (initial submission)

Date of adoption of Views: 9 November 1999

04 Aug 1997
English

CCPR/C/79/Add.80
4 August 1997

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19. The Committee is concerned that in order to exercise the right to conscientious objection to military service, which is a part of freedom of conscience under article 18 of the Covenant, the application must be made in advance of the conscript's entry into military service and that the right cannot be exercised thereafter. Moreover, the Committee notes that the length of alternative service is twice as long as military service and that this may raise issues of compatibility with article 18 of the Covenant.

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