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Photo: Mari Park, Amnesty International

South Korea: Alternative to military service is new punishment for conscientious objectors

(27.12.2019) Conscientious objectors in South Korea will continue to be punished and stigmatized for refusing military service under a new alternative service law that was adopted today by the country’s parliament, said Amnesty International. Under the new law, those refusing military service on religious or other grounds will be required to work in a jail or other correctional facility for three years. Previously, they would have been jailed for 18 months.

Furkan Çelik

Turkey: Conscientious objector indicted for "alienating the people from the army"

(06.11.2019) Furkan Çelik, Mitglied des Vereins für Kriegsdienstverweigerung (Vicdani Ret Derneği), wurde von der Istanbuler Staatsanwaltschaft wegen „Distanzierung des Volkes vom Militär angeklagt. Die Anklage gegen den Kriegsdienstverweigerer bezieht sich auf den Twitter-Account des Vereins.

Turkey: Don’t be a soldier of the invasion!

(23.10.2019) On October 9th, Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an invasion into northern Syria. As conscientious objectors and war resisters, we are against the invasion of northern Syria. End the occupation and make peace! Refuse, resist, say no, DO NOT BE A SOLDIER!

We are against wars! - Life matters, war kills!

On military offensive of Turkey in Syria

(10.10.2019) It is, in fact, humanity itself that dies with each shot fired in wars. When you label some others enemies and dehumanize them, you actually trample on the most fundamental values of humanity.