Table 10: Recognition of Conscientious Objector Status

Nature and composition of body which decides on recognition of Conscientious Objector status
State Title (where known) Responsible to / appointed by (Minister/ry of...) Membership:
Albania a commission Defence representatives of: Ministry of Defence, other Ministries, religious organisations, organisations
Armenia local Military Draft Commission (Law on Alternative Service, Articles 8 and 9) Defence
Austria Interior
Federation Commission for Civilian Service Defence
Republika Srpska Ministry of Defence local office
Brazil Regional Commander of Military Service (see text)
Bulgaria Alternative Service Commission Welfare and Labour lawyer (chair), doctor, representatives of Ministry of Defence, and of Religious Affairs
Croatia Civilian Service Commission Justice
Cyprus Ministry of Defence
Denmark Conscientious Objection Administration Board Interior
Estonia Ministry of Defence
Finland Ministry of Defence
Georgia District Military Commission Defence
Germany Federal Office of Civilian Service Family, the Elderly Women and Youth
Greece Advisory Committee (Law 2510/97, Article 20) Defence Associate Judge of Council of State, 2 university professors (political science, sociology or law), a recruitment officer, an armed forces psychiatrist
Hungary (S) the competent Administration Office (Act 90/93, Article 116(1)) Employment
Israel exemption board (for female conscripts), Conscience Committee (Committee for granting exemptions from defence service for reasons of conscience) Defence,internal to Israeli Defence Forces a rabbi, a psychiatrist, an army officer, a member of the public and a female soldier

not published

Latvia a commission representatives of the Ministry of Defence and the National Commission on Human Rights
Lithuania a commission unclear representatives of:

public organisations, religious communities, educational institutes

Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Commission for Civilian Service Defence
Moldova District Recruitment Commission - advised by District Officer of Alternative Service, who investigates applications Defence vice-chair is a representative of alternative service
Norway Ministry of Justice
Paraguay Human Rights Committee of the Chamber of Deputies 6 (of 17) Juntas Departamentales none
Poland District Draft Board five members
Portugal (S) National Committee for Conscientious Objection Prime Minister via Minister for Youth
Romania Commission for Conscription Defence
Russian Federation Military Draft Commission Defence deputy head of local authority (chair) physician responsible for conducting examinations for military service representatives of relevant government agency and federal employment service.
Serbia- Montenegro Defence psychologist, religious representatives
Slovakia local conscription committee Defence
Slovenia (S) Administration social worker, psychologist, physician (1), internal affairs official, defence official (cannot chair)
Sweden National Service Administration Defence
Switzerland commission Economic Affairs civilians appointed by the Ministry
Taiwan Review Committee Interior 2-4 representatives of: Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence, also religious reps.
Ukraine Alternative Service Committee Labour and Social Policy among others, representatives of armed forces and of Government Committee for Religious Affairs
USA  (S) Local Claims Board Selective Service Administration volunteers (may not be serving or newly retired military personnel)
Uzbekistan Military Commissariat