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A. v. Switzerland, dec., No. 10640/83, ECommHR (Plenary), 9 May 1984


Conscientious objection to military service in Switzerland. Conviction for draft evasion and failure to suspend the execution of the judgment. 

Normative references

Art. 9 ECHR 
Art. 4 ECHR 
Art. 14 ECHR 


The Convention does not give conscientious objectors the right to exemption from military service but leaves each contracting state to decide whether or not to grant such a right.
(In the instant case, a conscientious objector war sentences to prison) 


This case was overruled by Bayatyan v. Armenia (2011) and the subsequent case-law quoted there.