Antimilitarist group in Paraguay rejects the creation of the National Council of Conscientious Objection

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Serpaj, who have worked closely with WRI and through RAMALC – the antimilitarist network in Latin America and the Caribbean – have rejected the creation of the National Council of Conscientious Objection (Consejo Nacional de Objeción de Conciencia [CNOC]) in Paraguay, and say they do not recognise their authority.

Serpaj argues that the creation of the council violates Articles 129 and 24 of the Constitution, because it will require young people who declare their conscientious objection to justify and explain their reasons for applying for the card. In fact, the objector should not need to explain their motivations for applying for CO status.

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