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Poland: Bogdan Kunmiak and Tomasz Jarosik - conscientious objectors

, Index number: EUR 37/003/1993

Bogdan Kunmiak, aged 23, and Tomasz Jarosik, a 22-year-old construction worker, were tried and sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment by the Silesian District Military Court on 19 July 1993 and 28 July 1993 respectively. Both men are currently free pending appeal, but if, as is likely, their appeals are turned down, and they are imprisoned, they will both be considered prisoners of conscience. It is likely that their requests to perform alternative service were turned down because they are Catholics, and the authorities view that as the Roman Catholic Church does not object to military service, this overrides their personal convictions.

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