Conscientious Objection 

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There is no military solution – a statement of refusal

(26.12.2023) This land has a problem – there are two nations with an undeniable connection to this place. But even with all the violence in the world, we could not erase the Palestinian people or their connection to this land, just as the Jewish people or our connection to that same land cannot be erased. The problem here is supremacy, the belief that this land belongs to only one people. Violence cannot solve the situation, neither by Hamas, nor by Israel. There is no military solution to a political problem. Therefore, I refuse to enlist in an army that believes that the real problem can be ignored, under a government that only continues the bereavement and pain.

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Dmitry Setrakov

Armenia: Russian conscientious objector arrested by the Russian military and transferred to Russia

(20.12.2023) Uncertainty is spreading in the Russian exile community in Armenia following the arrest and extradition of a fugitive soldier by the Russian military police in the Armenian city of Gyumri. Dmitry Setrakov, 20, had fled to Armenia to live in exile. On 6 December he was arrested by Russian military police and taken to a military prison of the Russian 102nd military garrison. He was initially sentenced to 27 days in detention for unauthorised removal from the troops, but now the Russian military has extradited him to Rostov-on-Don in the southern military district of Russia.

Artem Klyga in Berlin, 9.12.2023. Photo: Connection e.V.

Russia: “Saving those who refuse to fight brings the end of the war closer”

(09.12.2023) Hello! My name is Artem Klyga. I am a military lawyer and currently work with the Movement of Conscientious Objectors. We assist conscripts and mobilized individuals in Russia to stay free and avoid being sent to war. Since 2022, our activities have become particularly relevant.

Joint Letter from conscientious objectors in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus to Erdoğan and Mitsotakis

(08.12.2023) “The mutual arms race, heavy military expenditures, and insistence on aggressive attitudes that antagonize Greece and Turkey serve as a significant factor hindering peace and cooperation,” conscientious objection organizations said in an open letter ahead of meeting of Erdoğan and Mitsotakis in Athens.

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