International delegation went to Diyarbakır and Cizre
(30.04.2016) An international delegation has visited South East Turkey. The group – organised by international pacifist network War Resisters' International - concluded that the violent conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK has caused enormous suffering and traumatisation among the civilian population of the Kurdish regions of Turkey. “We have seen parts of towns destroyed that reminded us of pictures from neighbouring Syria. We have seen bulldozers flattening ruins while old women were searching among the debris for remnants of their belongings. And we saw parts of the historical city of Diyarbakir hermetically closed of by police barriers, with nobody knowing what is happening behind the barriers”, reported Chair of War Resisters' International, Dr. Christine Schweitzer.
Art meets Conscientious Objection, May 15-17, 2015
(01.06.2015) 15-17 May, 2015, artists and conscientious objectors from Eritrea, Turkey, the United States, South Korea and Angola met each other at Neuwagenmühle in Kördorf (Germany) gaining creative inspiration from backgrounds, motives and ideas related to objection and desertion and expressing their ideas in artistic form. They were invited by Künstlergemeinschaft Neuwagenmühle e.V. (www.neuwagenmuehle.de) and Connection e.V. to celebrate the International Day of Conscientious Objection. As part of the programme activists of Connection e.V. presented antimilitarist videos and lyrics to conscientious objection, escape and asylum.
International Action Day for Cypriot CO Murat Kanatlı
(03.03.2014) The Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Murat Kanatlı was sentenced to ten days in prison for his refusal to participate in the annual compulsory military exercises in the northern part of Cyprus Februar 25, 2014. February 28 organizations of conscientious objectors from several countries demanded his release on an international action day. In Greece the police stopped the action and detained the activists for two hours.