GEORGIA: Compulsory conscription will be restored


In November this year, Georgia’s Minister of Defence, Levan Izoria, announced the re-encatment of compulsory military service at the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD), after being abolished several months ago by the former Minister Tina Khidasheli. Minister Izoria also stated that, restoring the compulsory military service, its implementation will include some changes.

Ukraine and Georgia plan to suspend conscription. Again.

Recently, two nations have re-announced a cessation in conscription, having postponed previous plans to abolish conscription.

Ukranian Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev has said that military conscription will be suspended in 2013. The press service of the Defense Ministry quoted Lebedev as saying that “In 2013, the structure and the system of management of the Armed Forces will be revised, military conscription will be suspended simultaneously with the transfer to the recruitment of army under contracts as in leading countries of the world".

Georgia extends military service to 15 months

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia’s defense ministry says the current twelve month service length is not enough to properly prepare persons called up for compulsory military service. It is now asking parliament to increase the length of service to 15 months.

The bill is certain to be passed, since parliament always fulfills the government’s wishes.

Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: Georgia



37. Slovenia took note of the concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee on the issue of conscientious objectors, in particular, the differences between the length of non-military alternative service and military service and asked what steps had been taken to address that difference. Slovenia made recommendations.


II. Conclusions and/or recommendations

105. The recommendations formulated during the interactive dialogue and listed below have been examined by Georgia enjoy the support of Georgia:


Training for what? - it is not all about strategies and tactics

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Nein zum neuen Krieg im Kaukasus!

Eine Erklärung der Föderation der Arbeitenden in Erziehung, Wissenschaften und Technik
in der KRAS-MAT

Der Ausbruch militärischer Aktionen zwischen Georgien und Südossetien droht sich zu
einem größeren Krieg zu entwickeln, zwischen Georgien, unterstützt von der NATO auf der
einen Seite und dem russländischen* Staat auf der anderen Seite. Tausende von Menschen
wurden bereits getötet und verwundet - hauptsächlich friedliche Einwohner und
Einwohnerinnen; ganze Städte und Dörfer wurden ausgelöscht. Die Gesellschaft ist von
einer schmutzigen Flut nationalistischer und chauvinistischer Hysterie überflutet

Stop War!

The Human Rights Centre calls for international organizations to quickly intervene diplomatically and restore the peaceful dialogue between the conflicting sides.

Georgia to end conscription?

According to a report by RIA Novosti, Georgia might abolish conscription by 2009. "After 2009, the Defense Ministry will abandon conscription, and the military will shift to a contract basis," Nodar Kharshiladze, head of the ministry's planning and defense policy department told a defense conference. He said a network of reservist battalions would be set up by that time. "All reservists will take a single combat training course in 2007 and a refresher course in military professions in 2008.


As published in The Right to Conscientious Objection in Europe, Quaker Council for European Affairs, 2005.


Conscription is enshrined in Article 101 of the 1995 Constitution.

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