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Moroccan and U.S. soldiers at a joint military exercise Photo Chisco2

Morocco: Conscription to be reintroduced

(30.08.2018) On 20th August, Morocco’s ministerial council, chaired by King Mohammed VI, approved a draft law reintroducing compulsory military service for under 25s. If passed in parliament, both men and women aged 19 to 25 will be subject to a 12-month mandatory military service - which was abolished by the King in 2006.

Uri Avnery. Foto: dovblog

Israel: Avnery’s opponents will ultimately have to follow in his footsteps

(20.08.2018) Gush Shalom grieves and mourns the passing of its founder, Uri Avnery.  Until the last moment he continued on the way he had traveled all his life. On Saturday, two weeks ago, he collapsed in his home when he was about to leave for the Rabin Square and attend a demonstration against the "Nation State Law", a few hours after he wrote a sharp article against that law. 

Action in Diyarbakır, May 15, 2016. Photo: VR-DER

Silent/Invisible Resistance to Turkish Military

(20.08.2018) At the beginning of March 2018, Ahmet Alcan declared his desertion from the Turkish army, becoming the only person to publicly announce their refusal to take part in the war in Afrin. Ahmet left the army just three days before his deployment. “Together with me two other soldiers were called up. It seems that they have to take part in the operation in Afrin. The soldiers don’t want to go but they are forced to.” Turkish authorities have announced that only professional soldiers have been deployed in Syria during the military operation, but human rights activists and other sources report that conscripts were also sent to Syria.

Vor Wehrdienst geflohen: Syrer erhalten Flüchtlingsstatus

(26.07.2018) Bundesrepublik Deutschland muss Syrer wegen der Flucht vor dem Wehrdienst in ihrem Heimatland als Flüchtlinge anerkennen. Der Hessische Verwaltungsgerichtshof (VGH) in Kassel hat dies mit zwei Urteilen am Donnerstag entschieden. Die Rechtsprechung gelte für alle syrischen Wehrpflichtigen, unabhängig aus welchem Landesteil sie stammten, erklärte das Gericht. 2017 hatten die Kasseler Richter bereits entschieden, dass Wehrdienstentzieher aus regierungsfeindlichen Zonen Anspruch auf den Flüchtlingsstatus haben. Denn der syrische Staat unterstelle ihnen eine oppositionelle Gesinnung und verfolge sie. (AZ 3 A 809/18.A und 3 A 403/18.A)

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