Denial of right of conscientious objection to military service
Incidence: Liberality, if that is the word, is characteristic only of the Germanic countries (including Scandinavia, the UK, the Commonwealth, and the USA). Denial of the right of conscientious objection seems to be more clearly prevalent in Latin countries (including Latin America, Portugal, Italy, France), in Socialist countries, and in countries which are party to international political disputes (for example, Israel). Since the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita both justify war, orthodox Moslems and Hindus may not be able to be religious conscientious objectors. This situation is also reflected in Shinto, an influence on historic Japanese martiality.
Problem Type: D: Detailed problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET