We are happy to invite you to a webinar in which conscientious objectors living in Turkey or in exile are given the floor to report about their experiences in the face of multiple repressions in their own country and an uncertain future abroad.
The event will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be held in English and in Turkish with simultaneous translation.
(15.05.2021) Türkiye’deki ilk vicdani retçiler vicdani retlerini 1990’ların başında açıkladılar ve savaşa, orduya ve zorunlu askerliğe karşı çıktılar. Günümüzde ise bu sayı 1000´in üzerinde. Dahası, yüz binlerce kişi saklanarak veya başka yollarla zorunlu askerlikten kaçtı. Yüzlerce kişi kovuşturmalar nedeniyle yurtdışında sığınma talebinde bulundu. Bügün hala, Türkiye, Avrupa Konseyi’ndeki vicdani ret hakkını tanımayan tek ülkedir.
Bu kitapçık, ilk vicdani retlerin alenen açıklanmasından 30 yıl sonra yayınlanmaktadır. Yurt dışından vicdani ret hareketine yönelik dayanışma çalışmalarını değerlendirmekte, anlatmakta ve bir kısmı Türkiye’de yıllardır faaliyet göstermekte olan, bir kısmı da sonu belli olmayan bir yolculukla sürgüne giden vicdani retçilere konuşma hakkı vermektedir.
Bu kitapçık, Uluslararası Vicdani Ret Günü’nde dört dilde çevrimiçi baskı halinde yayınlanmıştır.
(15.05.2021) In Turkey, the first conscientious objectors publicly declared their objections in the early 1990s and stood up against war, the military and compulsory service. In the meantime, far more than 1,000 conscripts have declared their conscientious objections. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands have evaded military service, using other ways or hiding. Faced with prosecution, several hundred have sought asylum abroad. By now Turkey is the only member state in the Council of Europe that has not recognised the right to conscientious objection to military service.
This booklet is published 30 years after the first public declarations of conscientious objection. It takes stock, describes the solidarity work for the conscientious objection movement from abroad and gives a voice to conscientious objectors, some of whom were active in Turkey for years and have now gone into exile.
A publication to the International Day of Conscientious Objection in a quadrilingual online edition.
(15.05.2021) This booklet is published 30 years after the first public declarations of conscientious objection. It takes stock, describes the solidarity work for the conscientious objection movement from abroad and gives a voice to conscientious objectors, some of whom were active in Turkey for years and have now gone into exile, with an uncertain outcome.
A main focus of this booklet is on the reports of conscientious objectors who have gone into exile. They portray the everyday reality of militarism in Turkey. Beran Mehmet İşçi, Ercan Aktaş, Halil Savda, Mertcan Güler and Onur Erden make clear how important their decisions against war and violence are to them and what repressions they were consequently subjected to. Despite all the imprisonment, torture and repression they have suffered, the reports radiate something positive, pleading for a world without war, oppression, military and violence.