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Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe urges Turkey to recognize the right of conscientious objection

(04.06.2020) The Deputies 1. recalled that these cases concern the applicants’ repetitive prosecutions and convictions for refusing to carry out compulsory military service as pacifists and conscientious objectors, as a result of which they are compelled to lead clandestine lives amounting to “civil death”, and the absence of a procedure to establish their status as conscientious objectors;

Merve Arkun

Merve Arkun, Turkey: Conscientious objection: anti-war action and rejection of male-dominated codes

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) Hello. I’m Merve. I am one of the female conscientious objectors in Turkey. My justification for clarifying conscientious objection is also directly related to the denial of gender roles and the rejection of male dominance in social life. Unfortunately, the women here feel the full burden of the war in economic, political and social terms, as a result of the fact that the geography we live in is a geography of war. So an act of conscientious objection is both an anti-war action for women and a highly valuable one for the rejection of male-dominated codes within society. (...)

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Hüseyin Civan

Hüseyin Civan, Turkey: I reject conscription and war as an antimilitarist and anarchist

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) Hello. I’m Hüseyin. I’m a conscientious objector. I declared my conscientious objection in 2015. I reject conscription and war as an anti-militarist and anarchist. Conscientious objection to the militaristic policies and practices of the powers is not just a way of rejecting war. It is also important for the construction of a new social life. (...)

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Vicdani Ret Derneği, Turkey: Statement to the International Day of Conscientious Objection

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) Today is 15th of May, International Conscientious Objection Day. We continue to dream of a world without war an urge everyone to make this dream come true. We’ve been under the influence of the Covid-19 outbreak for a while. While there are efforts to reshape social life by measures against the epidemic, governments continue to suppress our lives through their political agendas and practices.

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