Conscientious Objection in Turkey

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Support ation for Onur Erden

Turkey: Jail Term for Conscientious Objector Onur Erden

Conscientious objector Onur Erden has been sentenced to 10 months in prison on charge of deserting mandatory military service. Erden will go to prison in case the penalty is approved by the Military Supreme Court.

Turkey: Let’s Resist the Spiral of Violence and Militarist Imposition

Military coups have brought along human rights violations in every location they have taken place. In every place where the army has taken control by force, the violence has been further institutionalized and the societies who witness the coups have been stuck in spirals of violence. The process we have been living since July 15 night is making us experience a variety of this spiral of violence. On one side military coup scenarios are being put into practice by “Peace at Home Council”, on the other side AKP government’s so called “democratic moves” are on the agenda.

"We raise a common voice for peace and against militarisation"

Statement

We are conscientious objectors from all around the eastern Mediterranean region. Our region has suffered for so long from oppression, injustice, militarisation, military occupations and wars, as well as poverty, illiteracy, hunger and lack of social infrastructure. In this difficult period, when our region seems to fall even more into the chaos of war, we raise a common voice for peace and against militarisation.

Mehmet Tarhan. Photo ©: Timo Vogt, www.randbild.de

Turkey: Conscientious Objector Tarhan Released Facing Civil Death

Conscientious Objector Mehmet Tarhan was detained in Aydın province and then was released on probation. Tarhan commented: “Civil death started for me.”