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Conscientious objection

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Presentation

After its first Recommendation R(87)08 regarding conscientious objection to compulsory military service, dating back to 1987, the Committee of Ministers considered that respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of members of armed forces deserved special attention and adopted in February 2010 a further instrument - Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4 on human rights of members of armed forces.

This recommendation is based mainly on the Parliamentary Assembly’s considerations expressed in its Recommendation 1742(2006) on human rights of members of armed forces. The starting point is the acknowledgement that members of the armed forces do not surrender their human rights and fundamental freedoms upon joining the armed forces, even though the special character of military duties and life might justify certain restrictions on their enjoyment. The recommendation provides specific guidance on how to better ensure that individuals serving in the armed forces enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms to the fullest extent possible.

The instrument foresees the examination of its implementation two years after its adoption. In July 2012, the Ministers’ Deputies (1147th meeting) asked the CDDH to prepare a questionnaire to collect information from member states and from other relevant stakeholders, and to draft a report by 30 June 2013 at the latest.

Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4 was drafted by the Working group on human rights of members of the armed forces (DH-DEV-FA) under the Committee of experts for the development of human rights (DH-DEV).

Follow-up to Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4

Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4 on human rights of members of the armed forces   CM/Rec(2010)4
Explanatory memorandum to Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4   CM/Rec(2010)4 add2 fin
Replies to the questionnaire on the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4   Replies
Report on the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4 Report

Translations of the Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4 into unofficial languages

Greece: translated extracts of the Recommendation, "special thanks to EUROMIL"   Greek
Italy: translated extracts of the Recommendation, "special thanks to EUROMIL"   Italian
Poland: translated extracts of the Recommendation, "special thanks to EUROMIL"   Polish
Portugual: translated extracts of the CM/Rec(2010)4, "special thanks to EUROMIL"   Portuguese
Russian Federation: Translation of the Recommandation  and of its Explanatory memorandum (special thanks to Mr Alex Andreyev from LSE Global Governance)  Russian
EM/Rec(2010)04_ru
Slovak Republik: translation of the Recommendation and other documents, "special thanks to Mr Branislav Kadlečík"   Slovak
Spain: translation of the Recommendation, "special thanks to EUROMIL"   Spanish
Turkey: translation of the Recommendation   Turkish