(07.01.2020) As Iran retaliated after Trump authorized assassinating an Iranian general, the topic of conscientious objectors officially became a thing. The reality that America is at yet another foreign war set in as Iran launched missiles at American targets in Iraq on Tuesday night in retaliation to President Donald Trump authorizing the assassination of a high-ranking Iranian general last week. As troops were being deployed to the Middle East, the topic of conscientious objectors was quietly bubbling up on social media.
South Korea: Alternative to military service is new punishment for conscientious objectors
(27.12.2019) Conscientious objectors in South Korea will continue to be punished and stigmatized for refusing military service under a new alternative service law that was adopted today by the country’s parliament, said Amnesty International. Under the new law, those refusing military service on religious or other grounds will be required to work in a jail or other correctional facility for three years. Previously, they would have been jailed for 18 months.
Nicosia, Cyprus: Conscientious objectors in a divided city
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(27.11.2019) It is 45 years since Turkey and Greece came to blows in Cyprus, and the island remains physically and politically divided - not least by a wall that cuts through the capital, Nicosia. But a new generation of conscientious objectors are risking prison – and the scorn of their elders – by refusing to take up arms against each other.
Turkey: Conscientious objector indicted for "alienating the people from the army"
(06.11.2019) Furkan Çelik, Mitglied des Vereins für Kriegsdienstverweigerung (Vicdani Ret Derneği), wurde von der Istanbuler Staatsanwaltschaft wegen „Distanzierung des Volkes vom Militär angeklagt. Die Anklage gegen den Kriegsdienstverweigerer bezieht sich auf den Twitter-Account des Vereins.