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Parliamentary question - E-004123/2021Parliamentary question

The right to conscientious objection to military service in Turkey

Question for written answer  E-004123/2021/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Dietmar Köster (S&D)

Turkey maintains a system of obligatory military service, where all male citizens become liable for service at the age of 20. The length of military service is six months for cadets and 12 months for reserve officers and officers. According to Turkish law, all men can be required to serve in the military until they turn 41, but in practice, there is no age limit to when they could be called up.

Turkey is the only Member State of the Council of Europe that has not recognised the right to conscientious objection to military service. Conscientious objectors face persecution, a vicious circle of arrest, criminal proceedings and re-enlistment, and in particular civil death.

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