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«.

Connection e.V., Germany: Conscientious Objectors and Deserters need asylum!

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(15.05.2020) A smart action by Connection e.V. - Eine Aktion von Connection e.V.

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Ercan Aktaş

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

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(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

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(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

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(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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