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Bulgaria: Prisoner of conscience: conscientious objector Dian Yankov Dimitrov

, Index number: EUR 15/021/1996

Dian Yankov Dimitrov was imprisoned on 9 September 1996 and is serving a 10-month sentence for refusing to carry out military service. He is a 20-year-old Jehovah's Witness, whose religious convictions forbid him to carry arms and perform military service. There is also concern that certain provisions in the Draft Law on Alternative Service recently adopted by the government, are at variance with international human rights law. Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to release Dian Yankov Dimitrov immediately and unconditionally and to review and amend the draft law.

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