Turkey: Association for Conscientious Objection
(15.05.2021) The conscientious objection association, Vicdani Ret Derneği, was founded in İstanbul in 2013. Since then, the association has been active in bringing together conscientious objectors from all over Turkey and organizing meetings and seminars. It regularly organizes public actions and thus offers new conscientious objectors the opportunity to make their refusal public. The International Day of Conscientious Objection, 15 May, has repeatedly been used as a reference point for this. The association offers counseling and accompaniment in criminal proceedings.
Due to the activities of the association, several investigations and criminal proceedings were initiated against active members of the association. In view of the current human rights situation in Turkey, it is important for the activists of the association to be able to build on international support.
The Association for Conscientious Objection is a member of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and War Resisters’ International (WRI).
Vicdani Ret Derneği
Association for Conscientious Objection
Tel.: +90 216 345 0100, dernek(at)vicdaniret.org
Vicdani Ret Derneği. May 15, 2021. Published in the booklet "Conscientious Objection in Turkey", May 2021. Editors: Connection e.V., War Resisters International and Union Pacifiste de France