Video published about conscientious objector Onur Erden

16 years of persecution in Turkey - still no asylum

(08.09.2022) „If I would have completed my military service and would have participated in an operation in East, I would have killed women, childs and people of Kurds, Armenians and other nationalities, they would have rewarded me, declared me a hero. But because I refused to play the dirty game, refused to be a soldier, refused to fight, they accused me of being a terrorist.“

Today Connection e.V. published a video film about Onur Erden, conscientious objector from Turkey. For 16 years now, he has been subject to unending persecution and has therefore sought asylum in Germany. 

Onur Erden had been called up for military service in Turkey in 2006, but had very soon had made his conscientious objection clear to the military and refused orders. A few months later, he went absent without leave. In the video, he recounts years of persecution as a conscientious objector, a never-ending cycle of arrests and prosecutions. In 2020, he fled to Germany to seek asylum. This has so far been denied.

Watch video on our YouTube channel

8:20 min, Turkish with German and English undertitles

Keywords:    ⇒ Conscientious Objection   ⇒ Germany   ⇒ Objectors Report   ⇒ Onur Erden   ⇒ Turkey