#ObjectWarCampaign - Russia, Belarus, Ukraine: Protection for deserters and conscientious objectors 

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May 31, 2024 in Bremen. Photo: Chul Gyun Yoo

Bremen International Peace Prize for Connection e.V.

Please donate to support conscientious objectors, deserters and war resisters

(19.06.2024) A few days ago, Connection e.V. was awarded the Bremen International Peace Prize, a prize awarded by the foundation die schwelle in the Bremen Town Hall in Germany. We feel honored to receive this Peace Prize and understand it as an award for our international work supporting conscientious objectors to military service and deserters. We dedicate this prize to everyone who objects to war. Help us to continue this important work. Donate to the #ObjectWarCampaign. You can easily make an online donation. Thanks a lot.

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

Pacifism is not a crime

(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.

EBCO, WRI, IFOR & Connection e.V.

Russia: Stop the raids and detention of conscripts in Moscow

Joint Press Release

(03.06.2024) The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), War Resisters’ International (WRI), the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), and Connection e.V. strongly condemn the raids, detentions and practices of forced recruitment carried out by the Russian authorities from 25th to 27th May in Moscow. We urge the Russian authorities to fully respect the human right to conscientious objection to military service, which is inherent in the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, guaranteed under Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and so is non-derogable even in a time of public emergency, as stated in Article 4(2) of ICCPR.

Digest March 2024


(13.05.2024) Dear friends, hello everyone! In our March news digest, we’ll focus on Moscow – it is where the reform of military offices began, and where summons are now being sent electronically. In Russia, on the other hand, authorities legalized the procedure for exemption from criminal liability for voluntary participation in war: the procedure will affect suspects and defendants in criminal cases, as well as convicts in prisons. Also in our digest are attempts by military offices to hand out summons for the March 17th elections. Enjoy reading!