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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 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.


173 days of home arrest is a distressing experience for a young adult. The sentenced has to stay an active part of society as studying or working is mandatory. This type of sentence is actually designed for criminals who have to be reintegrated into society, but since there are only a few dozen total objectors each year the same system is applied for them.


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.

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