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Armenia: possible end to the jailing of COs

Armenia's Ministry of Justice has presented to parliament amendments to provide for a substitute 'civilian' service. These have now passed all their readings, and therefore the amendments to the 2003 Alternative Service Law and to the 2003 Law on Implementing the Criminal Code should be enacted.

Amnesty International Public Statement on conscientious objection

Right to conscientious objection still not guaranteed in Europe

Amnesty International, marking the International Conscientious Objectors Day, renews its call on all states to recognise the right to conscientious objection to military service. Nearly two years ago the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that states must respect the right to conscientious objection as part of their obligation to respect the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, bringing European law in line with international human rights standards.

Armenia: progress? Only for religious COs

On 18 March, the Armenian parliament approved alternative service amendments in their first reading which would that mean that COs motivated by their religious beliefs – in practice in Armenia mainly Jehovah's Witnesses – will undertake alternative service of a reduced length.

Armenia fined by European Court of Human Rights

In a further reminder of Armenia's neglect of its international obligations towards conscientious objectors, in November Armenia was fined by the European Court of Human Rights for violating the right to liberty and security of seventeen conscientious objectors who had been detained for absconding from substitute service. The Court said their right to compensation for unlawful detention had been violated.

ARMENIA: Imprisonment of two conscientious objectors for 24 and 30 months

País:
  • Armenia
Alert:

Two Jehovah's Witness conscientious objectors, Anania Grigoryan and Artsrun Khachatryan, have been imprisoned for 24 and 30 months respectively.

This brings the number of people currently imprisoned for their conscientious objection in Armenia to 31.

Although sentenced in June and July respectively, Anania and Artsrun were imprisoned only after their appeals were rejected (on 15th and 26th of November respectively). They are both imprisoned in Nubarashen prison near Yerevan.

Imprisonment of conscientious objectors Anania Grigoryan and Artsrun Khachatryan

País:
  • Armenia
Not sent after:
  • 24 Jan 2013
  • Use this form to contact the Armenian Prime Minister, Tigran Sargsyan, via his Chief of Staff David Sargsyan. 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 Anania Grigoryan and Artsrun Khachatryan

Dear Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan,

I am writing to express my concern about the imprisonment of Anania Grigoryan and Artsrun Khachatryan, Jehovah's Witness conscientious objectors imprisoned for 24 and 30 months respectively.

Although sentenced in June and July respectively, they were imprisoned after their appeals were rejected (Grigoryan on the 15th November, Khachatryan on 26th). They are both in Nubarashen prison near Yerevan.

They are changed under Article 327, Part 1, of the criminal code, which punishes evasion of the call-up to military or alternative service.

Anania Grigoryan

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 15 Nov 2012
End of detention:
  • 27 Nov 2013
País:
  • Armenia
Descripción:
  • Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Sentenced to 24 months in prison on 28 June 2012 for refusing to perform military service (article 327, para I). He was imprisoned after an appeal failed on 15 November 2012. Released early in a conscientious objector prison amnesty.

Artsrun Khachatryan

Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 26 Nov 2012
End of detention:
  • 27 Nov 2013
País:
  • Armenia
Descripción:
  • Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Sented to 30 months in prison on 10 July 2012 for refusing to perform military service (article 327, para I). He was imprisoned after an appeal failed on 26 November 2012. Released early in a conscientious objector prison amnesty.

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