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BRITAIN: Conscientious objector Michael Lyons sentenced to 7 months' detention

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A military court in Portsmouth sentenced British conscientious objector Michael Lyons to seven months' detention today, following a two-day trial.

Michael Lyons joined the Royal Navy as a medic in 2005, and in May 2010 he was notified that he would be deployed to Afghanistan later that year. Soon after, he applied for discharge as a conscientious objector, as he had developed a conscientious objection to participating in the war in Afghanistan in particular, and against war in general.

Sentencing of conscientious objector Michael Lyons

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  • 30 Sep 2011
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Minister of Defence Liam Fox). 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).

Sentencing of conscientious objector Michael Lyons

Dear Liam Fox,

I have been informed of the sentencing of Michael Lyons to seven months' detention for "disobeying a lawful order" by the Military Court in Portsmouth on 5 July 2011. I am very concerned about this sentence.

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HMP and YOI New Hall

Grande Bretagne
Detention centre address: 

Dial Wood
West Yorkshire

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