Posted by: becketfund | September 26, 2007

Armenia: 73 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Prison; 9 Awaiting Trial

Forum 18 reports that at least 82 Jehovah’s Witnesses are currently serving prison terms or awaiting trial in Armenia for refusing to serve in the military, in accordance with their religious beliefs. Of the 73 who have already been sentenced, 72 were prosecuted under Article 327, which punishes evasion. Earlier this year, the Council of Europe called on Armenia to introduce alternative civilian service, though observers of the case say that the Armenian government is reluctant to change the current system.

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