The right to conscientious objection under European regime of human rights, with special reference to Turkish practice

Kılıç, Cerenmelis.
This master's thesis examines the right to conscientious objection to military service, a long-discussed right in international human rights law. Besides the legal and practical initiatives on the conscientious objection of international authorities— primarily the United Nations at the global level and the Council of Europe at the regional level—, the thesis primarily addresses the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights on conscientious objection. The European Court of Human Rights, the monitoring organ of the European human rights system recognized the right to the conscientious objection in 2011. Accordingly, now the member states of the Council of Europe need to incorporate the right to conscientious objection and make the necessary arrangements in their domestic law. This study seeks to answer also the following question: As one of the member states of the Council of Europe, what really expects Turkey in this regard?