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Action in Seoul. Photo: World Without War

South Korea: Constitutional petition filed against "punitive" alternative military service law

(27.01.2021) A conscientious objector, now carrying out his alternative military service as a prison staff member under the current law after refusing to enlist for religious reasons, has filed a constitutional appeal contending that the alternative military service law is unconstitutional due to its punitive nature, judicial officials said Wednesday.

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Against my Conscience

Germany: Against my Conscience

Trailer to Graphic Novel written and drawn by Hannah Brinkmann

(22.01.2021) Hannah Brinkmann’s uncle was forced to serve in the German armed forces in 1973. In the graphic novel “Against My Conscience” she tells his story. The film introduces Hannah Brinkmann’s book based on the images and texts. Hannah Brinkmann is 30, comes from Hamburg and studied graphic novel at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.

German with English undertitles.

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Turkey: Conscientious Objection Bulletin

November - December 2020

(10.01.2021) We, as the Conscientious Objection Association (VR-DER), aim to documen tthe current situation on the right to conscientious objection in Turkey with this bulletin. The Conscientious Objection Bulletin will be published periodically during the year.
In doing so, we hope to be able to provide the flow of information needed in the field. We hope that we will increase public awareness of the right to conscientious objection with the help of bulletins which will include applications to our Association, new declarations of conscientious objection and up-to-date information on the court cases of conscientious objectors.
If you want to get more information about our monitoring work, you can contact us on our
website, social media accounts and dernek(at)vicdaniret.org.

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Ruslan Kotsaba

„We condemn politically motivated prosecution of Ruslan Kotsaba”

Statement by Ukrainian Pacifist Movement

(08.12.2020) 10 December 2020, the court in Kolomyya scheduled hearings in a criminal case of Ruslan Kotsaba, the journalist and pacifist who published in 2015 video blog calling to boycott mobilization for armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Kotsaba was accused of treason and obstructing military operations, crimes punishable from 5 to 15 years of imprisonment, arrested, and declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.