"Amnesty International" welcomes the release from criminal liability prisoner of conscience Yevgeny Yakovenko, who was sentenced to one year of imprisonment for "evading military service."
"Liberation Yakovenko is a positive step, but before still there is no alternative service in Belarus, which means that it can be re-enlisted in the Army — says Heather McGill, dasledchytsa "Amnesty International" in Belarus. — The authorities should ensure that the right Yevgeny Yakovenko to refuse service performed, and that he again was not punished for his beliefs. "
Yakovenko was punished with a year of restraint of liberty, so-called "Chemistry", "for evading conscription activities." July 23 board of criminal cases Gomel Regional Court rejected the appeals of the BCD activist against the sentence of the court for evading military service.
Simultaneously applied to the board Yakovenko Law "On Amnesty" in connection with the 65th anniversary of the Victory. His conviction canceled.
"The Belarusian authorities must release all those who refused military service, and to provide genuinely civilian alternative" — says Heather McGill.
The right to refuse military service for reasons of conscience is an integral part of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, — reminiscent of "Amnesty International".