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.
(21.01.2012) About 100 people demonstrated in Frankfurt, Germany for the release of Bradley Manning. In the call they made their demands clear: "Pointing out violations of international law may in no circumstances be regarded as crimes. We therefore call for the release of Bradley Manning and all other whistleblowers. Whistleblowers are an important component in any free and democratic society. We demand general statutory provisions for the protection of whistleblowers. In a democracy the government should have no secrets from its citizens. We demand an open and transparent information policy in all states!"
International Day of Action: Freedom for Imprisoned Egyptian Pacifist Maikel Nabil Sanad
(02.09.2011) To the International Day of Action for imprisoned Egyptian conscientious objector and pacifist Maikel Nabil Sanad took place protest actions in Athens, Asyut, Barcelona, Cairo, Frankfurt/M., Helsinki, London and other places. In April 2011 Maikel Nabil Sanad was sentenced by an Egyptian military court to three years imprisonment, because he was one of the first to criticise the role of the military. In his blog he reported on ongoing human rights violations and the political influence of the Egyptian military during and after the revolution. On Tuesday, 23 August 2011, Maikel Nabil Sanad began a hunger strike in protest against his continued imprisonment, and delays in dealing with his appeal. With the actions was demanded his immediate release.