Armenian students protest against bill on military service

People marching with banner through the centre of the city
Photo: AzerNews

At the end of October, Armenia's MPs passed a bill on military service through its first reading. The bill changes the law so that only students that agree in advance to sign a contract committing to serving in the armed forces for two years after they graduate will be granted a temporary exemption from conscription. The proposal inspired large protests at Yerevan State University, where 500 students went on strike on 7th November. The new law also introduces a period of military training during university.

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Sources:, Armenian students protest against bill on military service, 9 November 2017; AzerNews, Armenian students resume protests against new law on military service13 November 2017; Caucasian Knot, Armenian students strike against cancellation of army service delays, 13 November 2017.

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