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Jehovah's Witness exemption from conscription deemed prejudicial in "pivotal" ruling

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/jehovahs_witness_exemption_from_conscription_deemed_prejudicial_in_pivotal_ruling/10089261?origin=rss

A new court ruled on Friday that the Finnish practice of allowing male Jehovah's Witnesses to avoid conscription is discriminatory.

The Helsinki Court of Appeal on Friday voted 4-3 for naming the policy discriminatory against other conscientious objectors. The ruling came in a discrimination case brought by a man who was imprisoned in 2016 for refusing conscripted service the year before.

The decision is the first court verdict that directly denounces the decades-old exception (instated in 1987), which says that men belonging to the Jehovah's Witness denomination will uniquely not be sent to prison if they refuse both military and civilian service.

The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee and the Defense Ministry have long held that the law contradicts the constitution's principle of equality as well as its prohibition on discrimination.
Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Tue Feb 27, 2018, 08:56 PM (5 replies)

Thanks for the hearts

There really are some lovely people here.
Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Sun Feb 11, 2018, 12:07 AM (2 replies)

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I am grateful for the kind thought behind it.
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