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Turkey: Conscientious Objection Bulletin

January - February 2021

(08.03.2021) In the second issue of the Conscientious Objection Bulletin, you will find two statements released by our association in January and February; information about the applications for information we received from our followers regarding military service; up-to-date information on the rights violations experienced by conscientious objectors during January and February; information about the cases followed by VR-DER in January and February. You will also find a number of recent declarations of conscientious objection.

If you want to get information about the monitoring work carried out by VRDER, you can contact us on our website and social media accounts.

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Turkey: Conscientious Objection Bulletin

November - December 2020

(10.01.2021) We, as the Conscientious Objection Association (VR-DER), aim to documen tthe current situation on the right to conscientious objection in Turkey with this bulletin. The Conscientious Objection Bulletin will be published periodically during the year.
In doing so, we hope to be able to provide the flow of information needed in the field. We hope that we will increase public awareness of the right to conscientious objection with the help of bulletins which will include applications to our Association, new declarations of conscientious objection and up-to-date information on the court cases of conscientious objectors.
If you want to get more information about our monitoring work, you can contact us on our
website, social media accounts and dernek(at)vicdaniret.org.

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Ruslan Kotsaba

„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.