Action Day to Support Conscientious Objectors from Israel
On International Day of Conscientious Objection (May 15) in about 15 towns in Germany as well as in Jerusalem actions and vigils were held from May 13 to 16. Connection e.V. and AWC Germany e.V. were demanding together with many other groups and organisations that the Israelian government recognize the right to conscientious objection, release Tair Kaminer and Omri Baranes immediately and suspend all proceedings against conscientious objectors.
International delegation went to Diyarbakır and Cizre
An international delegation has visited South East Turkey. The group – organised by international pacifist network War Resisters' International - concluded that the violent conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK has caused enormous suffering and traumatisation among the civilian population of the Kurdish regions of Turkey. “We have seen parts of towns destroyed that reminded us of pictures from neighbouring Syria. We have seen bulldozers flattening ruins while old women were searching among the debris for remnants of their belongings. And we saw parts of the historical city of Diyarbakir hermetically closed of by police barriers, with nobody knowing what is happening behind the barriers”, reported Chair of War Resisters' International, Dr. Christine Schweitzer.
Art meets Conscientious Objection, May 15-17, 2015
15-17 May, 2015, artists and conscientious objectors from Eritrea, Turkey, the United States, South Korea and Angola met each other at Neuwagenmühle in Kördorf (Germany) gaining creative inspiration from backgrounds, motives and ideas related to objection and desertion and expressing their ideas in artistic form. They were invited by Künstlergemeinschaft Neuwagenmühle e.V. (www.neuwagenmuehle.de) and Connection e.V. to celebrate the International Day of Conscientious Objection. As part of the programme activists of Connection e.V. presented antimilitarist videos and lyrics to conscientious objection, escape and asylum.