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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.

Luxembourg

Issues

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

Military recruitment

Conscription

Conscription was abolished in 19671.

Conscription is not enshrined in the 1868 Constitution2.

Professional soldiers

To fulfil its NATO obligations Luxembourg has a small armed force of volunteers.

Observations finales du Comité des droits de l’homme: Luxembourg

CCPR/CO/77/LUX
15 avril 2003

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7. Le Comité constate, d'une part, que l'État partie octroie des aides financières aux seules communautés chrétienne et juive, et d'autre part, que les critères (tels que l'appartenance à une religion reconnue mondialement et officiellement dans au moins un pays de l'Union européenne) peuvent poser problème au regard de leur compatibilité avec les dispositions des articles 18, 26 et 27 du Pacte.

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