Eritrea - A Country Under the Sway of a Dictatorship
Description and Content of the Booklet
(05.07.2018) This booklet is based in large part on the contributions of the conference “Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis”, which took place in Brussels on 19 October 2017.
Some of the speeches were written and edited by the editors. Other contributions were provided by the speakers themselves. The editors have supplemented this with up-to-date information and articles in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the situation in Eritrea, the situation of Eritrean refugees and initiatives and activities.
The conference was organized by the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights, Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA), PRO ASYL e.V., Connection e.V., War Resisters’ International and the Eritrean Law Society.
South Korea: Statement to the Ruling of the Constitution Court
Welcoming the Decision Recognizing Conscientious Objection
(28.06.2018) Today, the Constitutional Court of Republic of Korea ruled that Article 5(1) of the Military Service Act (hereafter "MSA") does not conform with the Constitution of Republic of Korea as it fails to provide alternative service for conscientious objectors as a type of military service, while setting a time limit for the continued application of the provision until December 31th, 2019. The Court's decision against the legislative inaction implies that it is unconstitutional to not enact relevant law required by the Constitution. In today's decision, the Court recognized conscientious objection as the exercise of the right to "freedom of conscience" which is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution and pointed out that Article 5(1) of the MSA is unconstitutional on account that it did not offer an alternative service for conscientious objectors who have been subjected to criminalization.
Turkey: Investigation against Conscientious Objection Association Co-chair, Merve Arkun
(14.06.2018) The Office of the Chief Prosecution in Diyarbakir, Turkey, has opened an investigation against the co-chair of the Conscientious Objection Association (Turkey), Merve Arkun. The Association has reported that the investigation is due to a press conference they organised two years ago on International Conscientious Objectors Day.
Ein Besuch in der Türkei in Zeiten der Unterdrückung und des Krieges
(10.06.2018) Auf den ersten Blick merkte man im März 2018 in Istanbul nicht viel davon, dass sich die Türkei im Krieg befand. An der Passkontrolle wartete eine lange Touristenschlange. Alles lief normal. Einkaufsstraßen wie Istiklal waren überfüllt. Als wir jedoch die Metro nahmen, mussten wir in der Station Yenikapı umsteigen. Hier präsentierte sich uns eine kriegs- und militärverherrlichende Ausstellung.