Tuesday, March 4, 2014

KYRGYZSTAN: WHO CAN BE A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR?

КЫРГЫЗСТАН: Кто может быть по соображениям совести?

For some years Jehovah's Witness young men who were given the financial penalty refused to pay it, as they did not want their financial penalties to be used to support the military. Many were then brought to court under Article 351, Part 2 of the Criminal Code for "evading" the "alternative service". More than 12 were sentenced to pay the maximum fine of 200 financial units (20,000 Soms - about 2,320 Norwegian Kroner, 280 Euros, or 385 US Dollars) or serve up to the maximum of 240 hours' community service.

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