Monday, August 5, 2013

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jehovah's Witnesses and Conscientious Objection

In Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, this basic right still goes unrecognized and individuals are still prosecuted for following their conscience. In September 2012, for example, a local court in Azerbaijan sentenced a young Jehovah’s Witness, Fakhraddin Mirzayev, to a year in prison for his refusal, based on his declared beliefs, to serve in the military. In Armenia, as well, “young male Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to be imprisoned in ever larger numbers and for longer periods because their beliefs prohibit them from performing military service.”

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