„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.
Eritrean organizations call for an international day of action: Stop the War in the Horn of Africa!
Protest against war and forced recruitment, December 10
(07.12.2020) We condemn any involvement of the Eritrean regime in the civil war in Ethiopia. The Isayas Afewerki regime has been known since 1991 to instigate conflicts with neighbouring countries Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen with war. Isayas Afewerki for this purpose uses an army, which is deployed for the aims of the regime through unlimited military service for men and women. There are clear indications that Eritrea is already carrying out extensive mobilization, including raids, in order to forcefully recruit more. The war poses great dangers for the entire region, for the people living there and the refugees seeking protection there.
Stop the war in the Horn of Africa! No participation of Eritrea in this war!
Stop forced recruitment into war! Protect and supply the refugees! Stop suffering!
We call on Eritrean groups and organizations as well as supporters all over the world to carry out actions in their towns on December 10, 2020, the International Day of Human Rights.
Israel: Conscientious objector Hallel Rabin about her time in prison
(27.11.2020) Hillel Rabin spent 56 days in military prison for refusing to serve in the IDF. Now she opens up about her time behind bars, conversations with her fellow inmates, and talking to young Israelis about the occupation.
(26.11.2020) Hallel Rabin is released following 56 days in detention after an army board finally accepted that her pacifism was sincere and not driven by ’political considerations’
Standing at the gate of an army jail after being detained for refusing mandatory military service, 19-year-old conscientious objector Hallel Rabin said she was "the happiest person in the world". "My lawyer called me this morning and told me, ’you’re free’," she said.