International Day of Conscientious Objection 2021 

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Türkiye/Turkey: Sürgün yolum - My road to exile

Video mit Beran Mehmet İşçı

(05.05.2021) Beran Mehmet İşçı declared his conscientious objector in Turkey 2018 and fled to Germany. In this video he tells about his reasons for refusing the military service and to leave Turkey as well as about his experiences as asylum seeker. The video has been published to the International Day of Conscientious Objection, May 15, 2021.

Turkish with English and German undertitles.

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İnan Mayıs Aru

Türkiye/Türkei: Sivil Ölüme Rağmen Varız, Buradayız - We are here though the Civil Death

Video with İnan Mayıs Aru

(05.05.2021) The Conscientious Objection Association, Vicdani Ret Derneği, focuses on the experiences of conscientious objectors in Turkey. In the first interview published as part of a video series, the association share the story of İnan Mayıs Aru, who declared his conscientious objection in 2008. The video has been published to the International Day of Conscientious Objection, May 15, 2021.

Turkish with English undertitles

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Day of Conscientious Objection

International Conscientious Objection Day

Solidarity with conscientious objectors in Turkey

(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).

Burning military papers

Turkey: Prosecution of Conscientious Objectors

(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.