Free conscientious objector Visa Savolainen
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Dear Prime Minister,
I am extremely concerned to hear of the house detention of conscientious objector Visa Savolainen.
Visa Savolainen was sentenced 173 days of house detention on 28 August by Eastern Uusimaa district court (Itä-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus) for "refusal of civilian service" (siviilipalveluksesta kieltäytyminen). His detention began on the 27 October, and will end in April 2016.
Repeatedly, and most recently last year, the United Nation's Human Rights Committee has criticised Finland's substitute to military service, which is twice the length of military service, and therefore punitive. In its concluding observations of July 2013 the committee urged Finland to extend the privileges granted to Jehovah’s Witnesses to other conscientious objectors.
I urge you to quash the sentence of Visa Savolainen, and stop detaining and imprisoning conscientious objectors.