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Conscientious Objector Kemal Soylu. Photo: Conscientious Objection Watch.

Conscientious Objectors Share Their Stories

Part II: Kemal Soylu

Uploaded 12.06.2024

(11.06.2024) This is Merve Arkun from the Conscientious Objection Watch, Turkey. We are happy to share with you the second video of the series of interviews we started to share the stories of conscientious objectors from Turkey, the first video of which we published on the International Day of Conscientious Objection. In the second interview of the interview series, we share the experiences of conscientious objector Kemal Soylu.

Merve Arkun: "We are often stopped by armed police." Photo: Rena Effendi/The Guardian

"You can’t fight your way to peace"

From a 20 y/o Israeli to a 99 y/o Briton, eight conscientious objectors on why they refused to serve in the army

Uploaded 12.06.2024

(08.06.2024) Military service for 18-year-olds is a key Tory election pledge in the UK. But in countries with conscription, opting out comes at a heavy cost – ostracisation, fines and time in prison. With Peter Hathorn (South Africa), Einat Gerlitz (Israel), Merve Arkun (Turkey), Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal (Thailand), Bill Galvin (USA), Oleg Sofyanik (Ukraine), Mikita Sviryd (Belarus/Lithuania) and Timothy Tyndall (UK).

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Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN).

Direct action: How a little bit can go a long way

Newsletter des Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN)

Uploaded 12.06.2024

(08.06.2024) Today, I would like to talk about the support we at Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN) are providing for some of the most important direct resistance actions taking place on the ground in Israel today. We are in close contact with a number of resistance groups. These are led by young Israeli activists who are not affiliated with established NGOs. They have great ideas, a talent for organization, and large amounts of courage and motivation.

Ukraine: Stop the criminalization of peace and human rights speech and the prosecution of Yurii Sheliazhenko

Pacifism is not a crime

Uploaded 07.06.2024

(07.06.2024) The undersigned organizations express their deep disappointment and grave concerns about the continuing harassment of peace activists and conscientious objectors, including the obviously arbitrary prosecution of Yurii Sheliazhenko, Executive Secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement and EBCO Board member, whose trial is set on 11 June 2024 at 14:15 Kyiv time, in the Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv City (case No 757/16536/24-k, judge Oleg Bilotserkivets) and could result in jail sentence up to five years.