Turkmenistan: Conscientious objectors Ahmet Hudaybergenov, Aziz Roziev and Dovleyet Byashimov sentenced to prison
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(22.10.2010) War Resisters’ International has learned from Forum 18 News Service that three conscientious objectors received prison sentences in Turkmenistan recently, bringing the total of conscientious objectors serving sentences to 10, of which eight are serving labour camp terms between 18 months and two years.
(20.10.2010) Baku, Azerbaijan - A three-judge panel of the Baku Court of Appeal upheld the Nasimi District Court’s conviction of conscientious objector Farid Mammedov. The court pronounced judgment on September 8, 2010, and immediately thereafter the 22-year-old was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs and taken to prison to serve a nine-month sentence.
Azerbaijan: Conscientious objector Farid Mammedov sentenced to nine months in prison
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(17.09.2010) War Resisters’ International has learned that conscientious objector Farid Mammedov was arrested on 8 September 2010, when his appeal against a prison sentence of nine months failed. As a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Farid Mammedov refuses military service for reasons of conscience.
22-year-old Farid Mammedov was sentenced on 16 July by the Baku Nasimi District Court under Criminal Code Article 321.1 to nine months imprisonment.
Swede jailed for desertion despite end of conscription
(07.09.2010) A 20-year-old Swedish conscript has been convicted for desertion, even though compulsory military service ended in Sweden three months ago. The man, who hails from Halland in western Sweden, dropped out of his mandatory military service last winter after serving for just a few days, the Hallandsposten newspaper reports.