Posted by: becketfund | March 24, 2008

Nagorno-Karabakh: Conscientious Objector to Undergo “Re-education”

NAGORNO-KARABAKH – The Supreme Court of Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally unrecognized entity located in the southern Caucasus between Azerbaijan and Armenia, has ruled that a prisoner of conscience must remain in jail in order to undergo “re-education” conducted by the prison’s leadership. The prisoner, Areg Hovhanesyan, is a Jehovah’s Witness who refuses to take part in Nagorno-Karabakh’s compulsory military service on religious grounds. Hovhanesyan’s appeal for early release was rejected on March 24, when the court ruled that he must remain in jail for the duration of his four-year sentence.

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