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Pedro Polo

Pedro Polo, Spain: We are not soldiers, we are queers

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) My name is Pedro Polo and I am 57 years old. I declared myself an objector at the age of 19 when my country still had not approved conscientious objection. Later, at the end of the 80s I collaborated with the Conscientious Objection Movement in the Campaign for Insumisión. In these years I also became conscious of my sexual orientation and organised myself with other collectives and people forming the LGBTQI ANTIMILITARISTS. I am going to read part of the LGBTQI ANTIMILITARIST declaration, regarding the militarization of the COVID19 pandemic.

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Vadim Damier

Vadim Damier, Russian Federation: There was no legal means to escape the war

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) It was in the Soviet Union in 1981. We had a general conscription system as we still have it in Russia today. But at that time we didn’t have an “alternative service”. Every young man had to pay the state by sacrificing his blood and his freedom for two or three years. Furthermore the war in Afghanistan had been going on since 1979, and the enlisted soldiers were sent straight to this war.

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Beran Mehmet İşçi

Beran Mehmet İşçi, Turkey/Germany: My asylum case as conscientious objector is regarded as non-political

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) My name is Beran Mehmet İşçi. I am a poet, writer and conscientious objector with Zaza-Kurdish heritage from Turkey. On 6 November I declared my conscientious objection in Turkey. After that, I faced intense pressure and problems that forced me to go into hiding. Then on February 2019 I came to Germany. I have been living in Germany for 1-1.5 years. My asylum case is progressing. Asylum request for conscientious objection are being regarded as "non-political" crime cases rather than a political stance.

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Heinz Bartjes

Heinz Bartjes, Germany: Conscientious objectors were seen as wimps and sissies.

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill (German with English description)

(15.05.2020) My name is Heinz Bartjes. I applied for becoming a conscientious objector in 1975 as one of the few in my school class. In the 1970s during the Cold war the German military, the Bundeswehr, was still considered as “school of the nation” where a boy was supposed to be turned into a man.

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