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TURKMENISTAN: Now eight jailed conscientious objectors: With two jailings in August, eight conscientious objectors aged 18 to 24 are now serving labour camp terms of one to two years. Forum 18 could not reach Human Rights Ombudsperson Yazdursun Gurbannazarova to ask why young men are jailed for refusing military service on grounds of conscience.

Two more conscientious objectors were jailed in August for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. The two young men – both Jehovah’s Witnesses – were each given one-year ordinary regime labour camp terms.

The jailing of Isa Sayayev and Ruslan Artykmuradov brings to eight the number of conscientious objectors known to be serving prison terms in Turkmenistan for refusing compulsory military service. The youngest three are aged 18 and the oldest 24. Seven – including the two new prisoners – are serving one-year jail terms and the eighth a two-year sentence.

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TURKMENISTAN: Now eight jailed conscientious objectors: With two jailings in August, eight conscientious objectors aged 18 to 24 are now serving labour camp terms of one to two years. Forum 18 could not reach Human Rights Ombudsperson Yazdursun Gurbannazarova to ask why young men are jailed for refusing military service on grounds of conscienceTwo more conscientious objectors were jailed in August for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. The two young men – both Jehovah’s Witnesses – were each given one-year ordinary regime labour camp terms.The jailing of Isa Sayayev and Ruslan Artykmuradov brings to eight the number of conscientious objectors known to be serving prison terms in Turkmenistan for refusing compulsory military service. The youngest three are aged 18 and the oldest 24. Seven – including the two new prisoners – are serving one-year jail terms and the eighth a two-year sentence. Turkmenistan for refusing compulsory military service. The youngest three are aged 18 and the oldest 24. Seven – including the two new prisoners – are