Roslan Kotsaba, a journalist from Ukraine who was earlier charged with high treason for his refusal to military draft, and held in detention for more than 15 months, was released on 14th July following the order of the Court of Appeal in Ivano-Frankivsk region.
In November this year, Georgia’s Minister of Defence, Levan Izoria, announced the re-encatment of compulsory military service at the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD), after being abolished several months ago by the former Minister Tina Khidasheli. Minister Izoria also stated that, restoring the compulsory military service, its implementation will include some changes.
Artur Avanesyan, a twenty-year-old Jehovah’s Witnesses, is serving a 30-month sentence in the Shushi prison colony of Nagorno-Karabakh despite his willingness to perform alternative civilian service. As reported by Human Rights Without Frontiers International, the courts of Nagorno-Karabakh, on all levels, have denied his fundamental right of conscientious objection to military service.
In his statement Avanesyan says “My conscience doesn’t permit me to perform military service. I love my neighbor, and I do not want to take up arms or even learn to harm anyone.”
Six conscientious objectors – all of them Jehovah's Witnesses refusing to be conscripted on grounds of conscience– have been reported to be convicted and sentenced in Turkmenistan so far in 2016 . Five of the COs were sentenced to two-year suspended prison terms for their refusal to compulsory military service , and a sixth received a one-year corrective labour sentence , where he lives at home under restrictions and a fifth of his wages are seized.
A new law on alternative civilian service was put into force in Belarus in June 2016. With the new law 10,000 young Belarusian men to be drafted this fall will be able to apply for exercising alternative civilian service, or ‘alternativschiki’.
Chris Antal, a former Reserve Chaplain Captain at the U.S. Army, has resigned due to his refusal to support the U.S. armed drone policy. In his resignation letter to President Obama Antal wrote: