(11.10.2021) In the fifth issue of the Conscientious Objection Bulletin, you may find informations about the applications that we’ve received in August and September of 2021, the two-month up-to-date information on the violations of rights experienced by conscientious objectors, up-to-date information on the legal cases followed by VR-DER (Conscientious Objection Association), and the conscientious objection declarations made in August and September.
Turkey and Conscientious Objection: Stop the Civil Death!
Gallery about the action in Frankfurt am Main May 15, 2021
(15.05.2021) Today, about 40 people made a protest action on the square Hauptwache against the persecution of conscientious objectors in Turkey, which still exists. "Conscientious objection is a human right. Turkey must also recognise this!" said Rudi Friedrich of Connection e.V. today. "The Turkish government turns a blind eye to various rulings of the European Court of Human Rights and subjects conscientious objectors in the country to lifelong persecution. This is unacceptable! However, it is an example of the Turkish government’s policy of waging war in neighbouring countries and harshly persecuting criticism and opposition through various criminal offences."
(15.05.2021) Türkiye’deki ilk vicdani retçiler vicdani retlerini 1990’ların başında açıkladılar ve savaşa, orduya ve zorunlu askerliğe karşı çıktılar. Günümüzde ise bu sayı 1000´in üzerinde. Dahası, yüz binlerce kişi saklanarak veya başka yollarla zorunlu askerlikten kaçtı. Yüzlerce kişi kovuşturmalar nedeniyle yurtdışında sığınma talebinde bulundu. Bügün hala, Türkiye, Avrupa Konseyi’ndeki vicdani ret hakkını tanımayan tek ülkedir.
Bu kitapçık, ilk vicdani retlerin alenen açıklanmasından 30 yıl sonra yayınlanmaktadır. Yurt dışından vicdani ret hareketine yönelik dayanışma çalışmalarını değerlendirmekte, anlatmakta ve bir kısmı Türkiye’de yıllardır faaliyet göstermekte olan, bir kısmı da sonu belli olmayan bir yolculukla sürgüne giden vicdani retçilere konuşma hakkı vermektedir.
Bu kitapçık, Uluslararası Vicdani Ret Günü’nde dört dilde çevrimiçi baskı halinde yayınlanmıştır.
Quadrilingual publication to International Day of Conscientious Objection 2021
(15.05.2021) In Turkey, the first conscientious objectors publicly declared their objections in the early 1990s and stood up against war, the military and compulsory service. In the meantime, far more than 1,000 conscripts have declared their conscientious objections. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands have evaded military service, using other ways or hiding. Faced with prosecution, several hundred have sought asylum abroad. By now Turkey is the only member state in the Council of Europe that has not recognised the right to conscientious objection to military service.
This booklet is published 30 years after the first public declarations of conscientious objection. It takes stock, describes the solidarity work for the conscientious objection movement from abroad and gives a voice to conscientious objectors, some of whom were active in Turkey for years and have now gone into exile.
A publication to the International Day of Conscientious Objection in a quadrilingual online edition.