Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of Austria*
* Adopted by the Committee at its 115th session (19 October–6 November 2015).
Freedom of conscience and religious belief
33. The Committee notes that the length of the civilian alternative service to military service for conscientious objectors is longer than military service and may be punitively long if not based on reasonable and objective grounds (arts. 18 and 26).
32. The State party is encouraged to ensure that the length of service alternative to military service required for conscientious objectors is not punitive in nature.