CO and Asylum 

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An Overview

In this section you will find all articles with the following keywords: »Asylum«, »CO and Asylum«, and »International Resolutions«.

Ercan Aktaş

Ercan Aktaş, Turkey/France: I came to France in October 2017 and never returned

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) Hello, my name is Ercan Jan Aktaş. I am a social scientist, activist and writer. My fields of work are; violence, militarism, peace and conscientious objection. On 14th May 2005, I declared my conscientious objection together with a group of friends in Izmir. Since then I have been part of the anti-war movement. I took part in the work of a group of war resisters, the Conscientious Objection for Peace Platform and the Conscientious Objection Association. I have also written the activist work I have been part in newspapers and websites that I am an author of, and I’m continuing to do so. In May 2016, the police stormed my house where I was living with my family following a ‘social media’ operation in relation to my activist work in Turkey: Subsequently, 3 lawsuits were filed against me due to my work I was carrying out with my friends as an anti-war activist, anti-militarist and conscientious objector.

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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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Daniel Rezene

Daniel Rezene, Eritrea/Switzerland: Recognize conscientious objection as a ground for asylum

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) My message today is a message of support and appreciation to the campaign by Connection e.V. and War Resisters’ International in relation to the International Day of Conscientious Objection which is coming at May 15. I recognize that there are many people around the world fleeing their country of origin because of their objection to coercive military conscription and I emphasize on the need to recognize conscientious objection as a valid ground for asylum protection.

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Two days to go until the International Day of Conscientious Objection

A colourful variety on our YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(13.05.2020) Connection e.V. and War Resisters’ International had called for videos to be sent to May 15, 2020, the International Day of Conscientious Objection. These will be made public on May 15 from 8:00 a.m. on the YouTube channel Refuse to Kill (www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw). "The contributions from all over the world are varied and colorful," said Igor Seke for War Resisters’ International. Rudi Friedrich from the German based organization Connection e.V. added: “This year, with the International Day of Conscientious Objection, we particularly draw attention to those who have to leave their countries of origin due to forced recruitment and who are looking for protection in other countries."