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Armenia jails conscientious objectors, denies religious-freedom violation

December 11, 2008

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The government of Armenia denies that it is violating religious freedom by jailing conscientious objectors, although all 80 men current imprisoned under the policy are Jehovah's Witnesses. Armenia is ignoring a ruling by the human-rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, who said that the country "does not provide for a genuine civilian service" for those who object to military service on religious grounds.

 


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