Turkey given two months to amend penalty for 'conscientious objection'

Should Turkey fail to comply, the Council of Europe will impose sanctions against Turkey, such as requiring the country to pay compensation to people who have faced harsh penalties.

Turkey given two months to amend penalty for 'conscientious objection'

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) has given Turkey two months to amend its disproportionate punishment of people who declare conscientious objection to military service or the country will face sanctions.

Within the scope of the latest decisions by the Council of Europe, Turkey has been told to amend its current regulations regarding conscientious objection, which threaten men who refuse to take part in compulsory military service with lifelong trials and detention.

Should Turkey fail to comply, the Council of Europe will impose sanctions against Turkey, such as requiring the country to pay compensation to people who have faced harsh penalties.

According to the regulations of the European Court of Human Rights, Turkey is not required to recognize conscientious objection. However, penal sanctions of conscientious objection must be proportionate to the offense.

Cihan

Last Mod: 26 Eylül 2011, 17:59
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