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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.

IHD Call for the Immediate Release of today detained persons

Turgut Tarhanlı, Betül Tanbay, Çiğdem Mater and Anadolu Kültür Staff detained

(16.11.2018) In the early hours of the morning on 16 November 2018, the Dean of Bilgi University’s Law School Prof. Dr. Turgut Tarhanlı, Prof. Dr. Betül Tanbay of Boğaziçi University, producer and author Çiğdem Mater, and Anadolu Kültür Association staff were taken into custody following raids into their homes. No information could be obtained earlier other than the investigation file was dated back to 2014 but now the content of the investigation is revealed through the information note issued by the Istanbul Police Department.

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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.

Merve Arkun

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.