Case of Tarhan v. Turkey (Application no. 9078/06)

Case of Tarhan v. Turkey (Application no. 9078/06)

The case concerned the failure to recognise the right to conscientious objection in Turkey. The Court reiterated that the system of compulsory military service allowed for no exceptions on grounds of conscience and resulted in heavy criminal sanctions being imposed on those who refused to comply. It failed to strike a proper balance between the general interest of society and that of conscientious objectors. The penalties, sanctions, convictions and prosecutions imposed on conscientious objectors, when no measures were provided to take account of the requirements of their consciences and convictions, could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society.
Violations of Articles 3 and 9 of the Convention.

Recognition of CO Recognised
Repeated punishment Recognised