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22 Sep 2009


  • Lithuania does not recognise the right to conscientious objection for professional soldiers.
  • Should conscription again be enforced, a genuinely civilian substitute service for conscientious objectors will not be available.

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Conscription is enshrined in Article 139 of the 1992 Constitution, which says: “Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania must perform military or alternative national defence service according to the procedure established by law

15 Ene 2009

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.

19 Nov 1997

19 de noviembre de 1997


12. Preocupan asimismo al Comité los informes sobre actos de hostigamiento y abuso de la fuerza cometidos contra conscriptos por miembros del ejército, así como de brutalidad policial contra detenidos. El Comité considera pues que debería establecerse un mecanismo independiente para investigar todos los casos de presuntos actos de brutalidad cometidos por policías o miembros del ejército.

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