Posted by: becketfund | August 31, 2007

Turkmenistan: Government Continues to Try Conscientious Objectors

Forum 18 reports that Turkmenistan is expected to try another conscientious objector for his refusal to serve in the military. Begench Shakhmuradov, a Jehovah’s Witness, has already completed one prison term, for refusing to perform military service in accordance with his religious beliefs. Under Turkmenistan’s Criminal Code, refusal to perform military service for any reason is punishable by up to two years in prison. Jehovah’s Witnesses have repeatedly expressed their willingness to perform an alternative service, but currently the country does not have a non-combat alternative in place.

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