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IFOR briefs the UN Human Rights Committee on the right to conscientious objection in Russia

On October 17th the International Fellowship of Reconciliation participated in the formal briefing at the 136th session of the UN Human Rights Committee. During the ongoing session, after two postponements, the members of the Committee will review the Russian Federation and formulate Concluding Observations. Members of the Civil Society have been invited to submit reports in advance and to participate in briefing meetings with the Committee to provide useful information. IFOR took advantage of the 4 minutes speaking opportunity to report on illegal recruitment, cruel treatment of refusers to combat operations in Ukraine, human rights violations of those protesting against the war and other related issues.

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The private military company (PMC) Wagner in Belarus

(17.10.2022) The Russian private military company (PMC) Wagner acts (in the language of special services – «operates») freely in Belarus. This is the same one which has become famous for its war crimes worldwide, and recently especially because of participation in the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

European Parliament resolution on Russia’s escalation of its war of aggression against Ukraine

(05.10.2022) Condemns the mobilisation in Russia, and calls for an immediate end to involuntary conscription; condemns the measures compelling residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to serve in Russia’s armed or auxiliary forces, which is forbidden under the Fourth Geneva Convention; strongly appeals to all Russian people to avoid being dragged into this war, which violates international law and was therefore condemned by a large majority of countries.

Desertion in order to not participate in war

Numbers for Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

(02.10.2022) We know that thousands of military conscripts have fled Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.But it is not possible to obtain accurate numbers on desertion, conscientious objection to military service and military draft evasion in these countries. No statistics record how many there really are. Therefore, at this point we can only try to estimate those numbers.