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Cyprus

Cyprus

Issues

  • Cyprus still maintains conscription. The recognition of the right to conscientious objection does not meet international standards.
  • The right to conscientious objection is not recognised for professional soldiers, nor for serving conscripts.

Military recruitment

Conscription

Conscription is enshrined in Article 129 of the 1960 Constitution, according to which "(1) The Republic shall have an army of two thousand men of whom sixty per cent shall be Greeks and forty per cent shall be Turks.

Universal Periodic Review, December 2009: Submission Cyprus

Executive summary

CPTI (Conscience and Peace Tax International) is disturbed that the provisions concerning conscientious objection to military service in Cyprus fall short of the established international standards, particularly as expounded in General Comment 22 of the Human Rights Committee and in Resolution 1998/77 and subsequent resolutions of the Commission on Human Rights.

Particular aspects of concern are:

  • that the relevant arrangements are not under civilian control
  • that the stipulated duration of alternative service for consci

Cyprus: no shorter military service

The Cypriot Council of Ministers rejected a plan to reduce military service from 25 to 19 months, Cyprus Mail reported on 11 March 2009. The proposal was axed on the basis that the timing is not right for such a scheme, while the Defence Ministry blamed the stance taken by the majority of the parties for the proposal’s failure.

“Due to the stance taken by the majority of the political parties it is very difficult for the Ministry to move forward, because we do not wish to do something with which the political scene disagrees,” Costas Papacostas said according to Cyprus Mail.

Compulsory army service reduction off the cards ‘for now’

By Anna Hassapi, Cyprus Mail, 11 March 2009

A PLAN to reduce compulsory army service from 25 to 19 months has been rejected by the Council of Ministers

The proposal was axed on the basis that the timing is not right for such a scheme, while the Defence Ministry blamed the stance taken by the majority of the parties for the proposal’s failure.

“Due to the stance taken by the majority of the political parties it is very difficult for the Ministry to move forward, because we do not wish to do something with which the political scene disagrees,” said Costas Papacostas.

Conscientious objection: Legal practices and frameworks among EU member states

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.

Cyprus: Service required to replace military service

European Committee of Social Rights: Conclusions 2008 – Volume 1

(Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy)

Cyprus

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Service required to replace military service

In its last two conclusions (Conclusions XVI-1 and Conclusions 2004), the Committee maintained that that the duration of the service that replaced compulsory military service, generally twice the length

European Committee of Social Rights: Conclusions 2008 (Cyprus)

Service required to replace military service

In its last two conclusions (Conclusions XVI-1 and Conclusions 2004), the Committee maintained that that the duration of the service that replaced compulsory military service, generally twice the length of the military service itself, was excessive. The report contains no information on this point. The Committee therefore considers that the situation is unchanged and is still not in conformity with the Revised Charter.

Cyprus: Government examining options on reduction of military service

According to a report in Cyprus Mail from 12 August 2008, the Cypriot government is examining to reduce the length of military service from 25 to 19 months.

Call for Greece, Cyprus and Turkey to recognise international standards on the right to conscientious objection

Related peace activists: 

Representatives of conscientious objection and human rights organisations from several European countries, meeting in Athens over the weekend, call for Greece, Cyprus and Turkey to recognise the right to conscientious objection according to European and international standards.

Chypre du Nord : une nouvelle initiative pour l'objection de conscience

Presque 15 ans après l'insoumission au service militaire de Salih Askerogul, une nouvelle initiative pour le droit à l'objection de conscience s'est créée dans la République turque de Chypre du Nord.

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