International Support of Conscientious Objectors and Deserters
EBCO calls for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba
(07.04.2021) To Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine
Dear Prosecutor General,
On behalf of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, I am writing to you to call for the immediate and unconditional end of the criminal prosecution against Ukrainian journalist, pacifist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba, simply because he publicly expressed his pacifist views.
(09.04.2021) Every year on 15th May, the International Conscientious Objection Day, we organise solidarity with conscientious objectors (COs) and draw attention to their resistance to war. This year we have a particular focus on Turkey – working closely with Conscientious Objection Association (Vicdani Ret Derneği).
(01.03.2021) In the following we would like to give an overview of the current situation of conscientious objectors in Turkey. Furthermore we have added some information on the issue of recognition of asylum applications made by conscientious objectors from Turkey.
Since the early 1990s about 1,000 conscripts have declared their conscientious objection to military service. Hundreds of thousands have evaded military service using other ways or hiding. Several hundred have sought asylum abroad because of facing prosecution.
South Korea: (2nd LD) Conscientious objector acquitted after refusing reservist training for nonreligious reason
(25.02.2021) In the first ruling of its kind, South Korea’s top court on Thursday upheld lower courts’ acquittal of a man charged with refusing to fulfill mandatory reservist duty for nonreligious reasons. The Supreme Court approved lower courts’ verdicts of not guilty for the man indicted for violating the Homeland Reserve Forces Act after refusing to take part in his reserve forces training on grounds of his belief of nonviolence