Wednesday, April 2, 2014

KYRGYZSTAN: Criminal convictions overturned, but will alternative to military service be for all?

In response to the November 2013 Constitutional Chamber decision, the Supreme Court has reviewed the criminal convictions of 13 conscientious objectors, all of them Jehovah's Witnesses. All had been convicted under Criminal Code Article 351, Part 2. This punishes "evading" the "alternative service" with a maximum fine of 200 financial units (20,000 Soms - about 2,200 Norwegian Kroner, 270 Euros, or 370 US Dollars) or up to a maximum of 240 hours' community service.

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