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Timo Salola.

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Timo Salola.

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Each year in Finland, there are a small number of total objectors who refuse both compulsory military service and the option of civilian service. Finnish law requires that they serve a prison sentence of six months.

Most of the time the sentence can be served as a 173-day home arrest. A radio signal ankle transmitter makes sure that the prisoners follow a daily regime that they have to plan several weeks in advance.

United Nations and Amnesty International have called Finland out for sentencing young men for not wanting to participate in military activities. Amnesty International sees total objectors as prisoners of conscience.


This is an ongoing personal project. A selection was published in Ydin-magazine.

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Timo passed time by studying a theoretical language that is so accurate, that no-one would misunderstand each other with it.

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Timo passed time by studying a theoretical language that is so accurate, that no-one would misunderstand each other with it.

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Olli Vairema.

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Olli Vairema.

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Olli was doing their training period for their civil service when they found a book about Arndt Pekurinen, the first Finnish total objector and decided to follow his footsteps. 

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Olli was doing their training period for their civil service when they found a book about Arndt Pekurinen, the first Finnish total objector and decided to follow his footsteps. 

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Otto Absetz.

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Otto Absetz.

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Visa was sent letters of encouragement from all over the world.

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Visa was sent letters of encouragement from all over the world.

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Visa Savolainen.

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Visa Savolainen.

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Ville Hautamäki.

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Ville Hautamäki.

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