Turkmenistan: Conscientious Objector Juma Nazarov sentenced to 18 months‘ imprisonment
Call to send protest letters
(20.08.2012) War Resisters’ International is concerned about the recent sentencing of Juma Nazarov, a Jehovah’s Witness, for his conscientious objection to military service. Juma Nazarov, 19, was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment on 23 July for refusing military service on grounds of religious faith.
ECHR to Turkey: Judgment to Conscientious Objector Mehmet Tarhan
(17.07.2012) The applicant, Mehmet Tarhan, is a Turkish national who was born in 1977 and lives in Sivas (Turkey). The case concerns his refusal to do military service because of his pacifist beliefs. Having refused to wear a uniform, he was held in custody in the military prison, where he was subjected to disciplinary penalties for refusing to have his hair and beard cut, which was ultimately carried out forcefully by seven soldiers. Criminal proceedings were brought against him. Since his desertion in March 2006, the police have been looking for him; he faces fresh criminal proceedings and custody.
European Court for Human Rights found violation of Article 3 and violation of Article 9.
Egypt: Imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad sentenced to two years’ imprisonment
(15.12.2011) Imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by a military court on 14 December 2011, after a re-trial that had been postponed repeatedly, and had turned into a complete farce.