Conscientious objector Areg Hovhanesyan
Arman Melikian, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nagorno-Karabakh). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).
Dear Mr Arman Melikian, Minister for Foreign Affairs
I am very concerned about the treatment of conscientious objector Areg Hovhanesyan by the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Areg Hovhanesyan, a member of the religious community of the Jehovah's Witnesses, refuses to serve on religious grounds.
The right to conscientious objection is recognised as a human right, derived from Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. However, in practice this right does not seem to be recognised in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The treatment of conscientious objector Areg Hovhanesyan is a violation of his human right to conscientious objection. I therefore urge you to immediately release Areg Hovhanesyan, and to grant him his right to conscientious objection.
I urge you to respect human rights.