Navy medic Michael Lyons, a conscientious objector convicted of disobedience, who was detained in July, stripped of his rank and dismissed from the service, will be at the High Court 13 October to appeal his conviction. A recent European ruling recognises conscientious objection for first time as human right.
Recent European ruling recognises conscientious objection for first time as human right
A medic in the Royal Navy who was detained at court martial in July this year will appeal his conviction at the High Court on Thursday 13 October.
Michael Lyons was convicted of “wilful disobedience” because he asked not to participate in rifle training last September as he had applied for conscientious objector status. He was given 7 months detention, stripped of his rank as Leading Medical Assistant and dismissed from the service. (2)
At Michael Lyons’ court martial his lawyer argued that, because he had already applied for discharge as a conscientious objector at the time of the training, the command for him to participate in it was unlawful. Furthermore, as a medic and non-combatant, Mr Lyons had not been required to handle a weapon since 2005 and is not required to under the Geneva Convention.
Shortly after Mr Lyons was convicted, a ground-breaking ruling was made by the European Court of Human Rights which could have significant impact on this and similar cases.… Read more