TURKMENISTAN: Conscientious objectors face corrective labour sentences

Young men continue to be convicted on criminal charges in Turkmenistan for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of religious conscience and sentenced to corrective labour. Six young Jehovah’s Witnesses have been convicted and given such corrective labour sentences since October 2014, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18, with the most recent known sentence in February 2016. The men must live at home under restrictions and a fifth of their wages are seized by the state.

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