Posted by: becketfund | July 20, 2007

Turkmenistan: Conscientious Objector Sentenced

Forum 18 reports that Nuryagdy Gayyrov, a Jehovah’s Witness from Turkmenistan, was sentenced to one and a half years of labor for refusing to serve in the country’s military. Gayyrov, whose faith forbids him from participation, was not offered any alternative civilian service. Gayyrov was tried in secret; this is the second time he has been sentenced for such a charge. Two other conscientious objectors, Bayram Ashirgeldyyev and Aleksandr Zuyev, were given two-year suspended sentences.

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