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.
(23.10.2019) Today, exiled conscientious objectors from Turkey published a call to refuse the war in Northern Syria: “Refuse! Resist! Don’t be a soldier!” They declared: “This is an illegal war that contradicts international treaties. Those who make the decision to invade, those who participate in it, and those who offer support should know that they are committing a crime against humanity!”
Failure of European institutions to protect conscientious objectors
(13.05.2019) On the occasion of the International Conscientious Objection Day on 15 May 2019, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) red-flags the multiple discriminations that conscientious objectors to military service continue to undergo in Europe. In the run-up to the European elections, EBCO points moreover to the enduring omission of European institutions to take action against the violation of the human right to conscientious objection. “Non-assistance to persons in danger – this sums up the continued failure of major European institutions to support those who despite massive discrimination call upon the fundamental right of conscientious objection to military service”, EBCO’s President Friedhelm Schneider stated today.