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GEORGIA: Defense Ministry Reinstates Conscription

The Georgian Ministry of Defense (MoD) reintroduced compulsory military service, which had been abolished several months ago by the former Minister Tinatin Khidasheli. This was an expected move by the current Defence Minister, Levan Izoria, who announced his plan to reintroduce conscription in November 2016.

GEORGIA: Compulsory conscription will be restored

In November this year, Georgia’s Minister of Defence, Levan Izoria, announced the reenactment of compulsory military service at the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD), after being abolished several months ago by the former Minister Tina Khidasheli. Minister Izoria also stated that, restoring the compulsory military service, its implementation will include some changes.

Ukraine and Georgia plan to suspend conscription. Again.

Recently, two nations have re-announced a cessation in conscription, having postponed previous plans to abolish conscription.

Ukranian Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev has said that military conscription will be suspended in 2013. The press service of the Defense Ministry quoted Lebedev as saying that “In 2013, the structure and the system of management of the Armed Forces will be revised, military conscription will be suspended simultaneously with the transfer to the recruitment of army under contracts as in leading countries of the world".

Georgia extends military service to 15 months

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia’s defense ministry says the current twelve month service length is not enough to properly prepare persons called up for compulsory military service. It is now asking parliament to increase the length of service to 15 months.

The bill is certain to be passed, since parliament always fulfills the government’s wishes.

Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: Georgia



37. Slovenia took note of the concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee on the issue of conscientious objectors, in particular, the differences between the length of non-military alternative service and military service and asked what steps had been taken to address that difference. Slovenia made recommendations.


II. Conclusions and/or recommendations

105. The recommendations formulated during the interactive dialogue and listed below have been examined by Georgia enjoy the support of Georgia:


Training for what? - it is not all about strategies and tactics

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Stop War!

The Human Rights Centre calls for international organizations to quickly intervene diplomatically and restore the peaceful dialogue between the conflicting sides.

NON à la nouvelle guerre du Caucase!

Fédération des travailleurs de l'éducation, des sciences et techniques de la CRAS, section Russe de l’AIT

L'éruption des actions militaires en Géorgie et en Ossétie du Sud menacent de se transformer en une guerre à grande échelle entre la Géorgie soutenue par le bloc de l'OTAN, d'une part, et l’état Russe, d’autre part. Des milliers de personnes ont déjà été tuées et blessées - principalement, des habitants pacifiques; des villes et des villages entiers ont été anéantis. La société a été submergée par un flot boueux d’hystérie nationaliste et chauvine.

Georgia to end conscription?

According to a report by RIA Novosti, Georgia might abolish conscription by 2009. "After 2009, the Defense Ministry will abandon conscription, and the military will shift to a contract basis," Nodar Kharshiladze, head of the ministry's planning and defense policy department told a defense conference. He said a network of reservist battalions would be set up by that time. "All reservists will take a single combat training course in 2007 and a refresher course in military professions in 2008.

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