Posted by: becketfund | February 1, 2010

Belarus: Court Rules Against Messianic Jew Over Conscientious Objection

MINSK – Ivan Mikhailov, a Messianic Jew, was sentenced on February 1 to a three-month jail term for refusing compulsory military service, Forum 18 reported on February 1.  Mikhailov’s lawyer, Svetlana Gorbatok, argued that the absence of an Alternative Service Law is not a legal basis for violating Mikhailov’s rights.  Also present in court was Mikhail Pashkevich of ‘For Alternative Civilian Service,’ an organization that has launched a civic society petition calling for civilian alternative service.

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