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.
U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd receives award from German newspaper
(18.09.2010) „In choosing André Shepherd, the taz Readers Award 2010 honours an Iraq war veteran whose fate made him a symbolic figure," editor Bernd Pickert said at the award ceremony, as quoted in the taz today. "André Shepherd did what soldiers are prohibited from doing: he made a decision. Alone. He took responsibility for his own decisions and said: I am not doing this anymore." Pickert praised Shepherd’s courage to defy accepted opinion and risk great personal hardship for his convictions.