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Arrest of Halil Karapaşaoğlu

Northern Cyprus: Imprisonment of conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu

A blatant human rights violation

(15.01.2019) “Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for his peaceful convictions and his genuine opposition to the compulsory military service. EBCO denounces his imprisonment as a blatant human rights violation. EBCO demands his immediate and unconditional release, and the urgent recognition of the right to conscientious objection to military service in line with the European and international law and human rights standards”, EBCO’s President Friedhelm Schneider stated today, following Halil’s arrest and transfer to prison in order to serve a 20-day sentence.

Halil Karapaşaoğlu (l.) with supporters

Northern Cyprus: Halil Karapaşaoğlu‘s jailing condemned

(15.01.2019) GUE/NGL deplores Halil Karapaşaoğlu's imprisonment and hereby declares our support and solidarity with him as well as all other conscientious objectors who oppose militarisation, and all those who strive to enforce non-violent means of thinking.

Turkey: Investigation Against Association of Conscientious Objection

(11.01.2019) Furkan Çelik, owner of the domain of the Association of Conscientious Objection's website, has deposed at the Prosecutor's Office for the charge of “provocative posts intended not to fulfill the military service duty.” An investigation has been launched against the Association of Conscientious Objection (VR-DER) because of the posts shared on social media and the vicdaniret.org website.

In front of the court house

Another disappointment in the northern part of Cyprus

Conscientious Objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu sentenced

(04.01.2019) Wie EBCO bereits am 2. Januar 2019 berichtete, fand gestern vor dem Militärgericht in Nikosia (Güvenlik Kuvvetleri Mahkemesi) das Verfahren gegen den türkisch-zypriotischen Kriegsdienstverweigerer Halil Karapaşaoğlu statt. Es ging um vier Fälle, in denen er in den letzten Jahren nicht zum Reservedienst bei der Armee der selbsternannten „Türkischen Republik Nordzypern“ erschienen ist. Unmittelbar vor der mündlichen Verhandlung wurde ihm eine weitere, fünfte Anklage mit dem gleichen Strafvorwurf übergeben.