(10.03.2020) In July 2018 a peace treaty between Ethiopia and Eritrea was concluded, formally ending the border war between the two countries (1998-2000). This was followed in November 2018 by the lifting of UN sanctions against Eritrea. Since then, there have been repeated voices stating that the Eritrean regime has no more excuses to continue the repressive militarization of the population. Furthermore, the peace brought the hope that the human rights situation in the country would improve. However, as can be seen from the reports of Amnesty International, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Special Representative on the human rights situation in Eritrea and most recently Human Rights Watch, this is not the case.
South Korea: Alternative to military service is new punishment for conscientious objectors
(27.12.2019) Conscientious objectors in South Korea will continue to be punished and stigmatized for refusing military service under a new alternative service law that was adopted today by the country’s parliament, said Amnesty International. Under the new law, those refusing military service on religious or other grounds will be required to work in a jail or other correctional facility for three years. Previously, they would have been jailed for 18 months.
Turkey: Conscientious objector indicted for "alienating the people from the army"
(06.11.2019) Furkan Çelik, Mitglied des Vereins für Kriegsdienstverweigerung (Vicdani Ret Derneği), wurde von der Istanbuler Staatsanwaltschaft wegen „Distanzierung des Volkes vom Militär angeklagt. Die Anklage gegen den Kriegsdienstverweigerer bezieht sich auf den Twitter-Account des Vereins.
Appeal for an EU external policy framework based on European values
(18.06.2019) A letter was sent today to Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. The letter urges the European Union to respond to concerns raised about the European Union’s funding and cooperation with external actors in the context of platforms such as the Khartoum Process. The letter was signed by Nobel-prize Nominee, Fr. Mussie Zerai, Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen, journalist Reem Abbas and Director Koert Debeuf, on behalf of over 20 organisations.