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Vadim Damier

Vadim Damier, Russian Federation: There was no legal means to escape the war

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) It was in the Soviet Union in 1981. We had a general conscription system as we still have it in Russia today. But at that time we didn’t have an “alternative service”. Every young man had to pay the state by sacrificing his blood and his freedom for two or three years. Furthermore the war in Afghanistan had been going on since 1979, and the enlisted soldiers were sent straight to this war.

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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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Heinz Bartjes

Heinz Bartjes, Germany: Conscientious objectors were seen as wimps and sissies.

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill (German with English description)

(15.05.2020) My name is Heinz Bartjes. I applied for becoming a conscientious objector in 1975 as one of the few in my school class. In the 1970s during the Cold war the German military, the Bundeswehr, was still considered as “school of the nation” where a boy was supposed to be turned into a man.

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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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