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Europe-wide call for protection and asylum for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

Appeal to European Parliament and Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe

(09.06.2022) In a joint appeal to members of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a broad civil society alliance from 20 countries has called on the European governments to grant protection and asylum to Russian and Belarusian as well as Ukrainian conscientious objectors and deserters. They need immediate protection and asylum.

Wd., 22nd June, 2022, 4pm London, 5pm Berlin, 6pm Tel Aviv: Refusing to serve in the military in Israel

A Conversation with conscientious objectors Shahar Perets and Eran Aviv

In a webinar on June 22, 2022, refusers Shahar Perets and Eran Aviv will explain their approaches to conscientious objection in Israel and address the importance of conscientious objection to a peace and reconciliation process in the Middle East.

The webinar will be held in Hebrew and English with simultaneous interpretation.

The webinar is free but registration is required. You can register here:

The webinar is organized by War Resisters’ International, Connection e.V., Refuser Solidarity Network und Mesarvot

German Federal Ministry of Interior assures Russian deserters of protection

Military service evaders from Russia excluded from protection pledge

(19.05.2022) The conscientious objection network Connection e.V. and PRO ASYL welcome the statement of the Ministry of the Interior that Russian deserters are assured protection. At the same time, the organizations point out that protection assurances are still lacking: For military service evaders from Russia, for conscientious objectors and military service deserters from Belarus and Ukraine.

"They were furious": the Russian soldiers refusing to fight in Ukraine

(12.05.2022) Troops are saying no to officers, knowing that punishment is light while Russia is not technically at war.

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