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Further information on UA 85/94 (EUR 17/02/94, 4 March; and follow-ups EUR 17/05/94, 26 April and EUR 17/08/94, 24 May) - Cyprus: legal concern / medical concern / prisoner of conscience: Theocharis Theokli Theocharidis

, Index number: EUR 17/020/1994

Jehovah's Witness Theocharis Theokli Theocharidis is due to appear once more before Nicosia Military Court on 11 November 1994 for refusing to perform reservist military exercises. His trial has already been postponed three times. He has extremely poor eye-sight and suffers from enlargement of the heart and high blood pressure. His applications for exemption from military service on health grounds have still not been accepted.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 17/20/94
Distr: UA/SC
18 October 1994
Further information on UA 85/94 (EUR 17/02/94, 4 March 1994) - and follow-up(s):
EUR 17/05/94, 26 April and EUR 17/08/94, 24 May - Legal Concern/Medical
Concern/Prisoner of Conscience
CYPRUS:Theocharis Theokli THEOCHARIDIS, aged 53
Jehovah's Witness Theocharis Theokli Theocharidis is due to appear once more
before Nicosia Military Court on 11 November 1994 for refusing to perform
reservist military exercises. His trial has already been postponed three times.
He has extremely poor eye-sight and suffers from enlargement of the heart and
high blood pressure. His applications for exemption from military obligations
on health grounds have still not been accepted.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- stressing that in view of his poor health, Theocharis Theokli Theocharidis
should be exempted from any military exercises, and urging the authorities
to promptly accept his applications for exemption in order to spare him any
further stress;
- pointing out that if Theocharis Theokli Theocharidis is imprisoned, Amnesty
International will consider him to be a prisoner of conscience;
- calling for the introduction of a wholly civilian service of non-punitive
length in line with the resolution 1989/59 of the United Nations Commission
on Human Rights and with the Recommendation No R(87) 8 of the Council of Europe.
APPEALS TO
1) Mr Glafcos Klerides
President of the Republic of Cyprus
Presidential Palace
Nicosia, Cyprus
Faxes: +357 2445016
Telegrams: President Klerides, Nicosia, Cyprus
Salutation: Dear President
2) Dr Konstandinos Iliadhis
Minister of Defence
Minstry of Defence
Emmanouil Roidi 4
Nicosia, Cyprus
Telexes: 6006 MOD CY
Telegrams: Defence Minister Iliadhis, Nicosia, Cyprus
2
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) Mr Alexandros Evangelou
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
1 Diogenes St
Engonti, Cyprus
Faxes: +357 2461427
Telexes: 6116 MINJUST CY
Telegrams: Justice Minister Evangelou, Engonti, Cyprus
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO: diplomatic representative of Cyprus accredited
to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 14 November 1994.

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