Military 

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15. Mai: Internationaler Tag der Kriegsdienstverweigerung

Türkiye’de Vicdani Ret

(02.05.2014) Mayıs 2014’te Almanya ve Fransa'da (Hamburg, Hannover, Berlin ve Paris) Eğitim Zayiatı – Collateral Damage of Education belgesli yönetmeni Anıl Çizmecioğlu ve Vicdani Redci Ercan Jan Aktaş ile birlikte toplantılar gerçekleşti. Bu toplantılarda Eğitim Zayiatı belgeselin gösterimiyle birlikte Vicdani Ret Derneği’den Ercan Jan Aktaş Kışlalarda Asker Ölümleri, Asker Kaçakları, Zorunlu Askerlik ve Türkiye’de Vicdani Ret konuları üzerine sunum yaptı. Vicdani Ret Derneği’nin (VR-DER) kurucu üyesi de olan Ercan Aktaş’ın sunumu belge olarak yayınlıyoruz (Redaksiyon)

Israel/Palästina

50 Young Israelis Send a Letter to Netanyahu:

“We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army”

(09.03.2014) March 8, 2014, dozens of young Israelis sent Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, a letter in which they declared their refusal to serve in the Israeli military. This is the largest group of Israeli draft refusers in the history of Israel; it is the first act of its kind in five years, but follows a long tradition of communal conscientious objection. The current Israeli government is trying to widen the army draft to all ethnic groups within Israel against their will and young people from all over the country are reacting by refusing to serve in the Israeli Army.

Solidarity Action for Menelaos Exioglou

Greece: EBCO deeply regrets conviction of conscientious objector

4 month suspended sentence of Menelaos Exioglou by military court

(18.12.2012) EBCO deeply regrets the conviction of young Greek conscientious objector Menelaos Exioglou to 4-month-imprisonment sentence suspended for one year, on charges of insubordination by the military court of Larisa, Greece, today, 18 December 2012. What is more, EBCO regrets that the Greek military court rejected the request of the defense to deem itself incompetent to try a civilian.

Bradley Manning

USA: Nobel Laureates salute Bradley Manning

(14.11.2012) Last week, PFC Bradley Manning offered to accept responsibility for releasing classified documents as an act of conscience – not as charged by the US military.  As people who have worked for decades against the increased militarization of societies and for international cooperation to end war, we are deeply dismayed by the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning.  The military under the Obama administration has displayed a desire to over-prosecute whistle-blowing with life-in-prison charges including espionage and “aiding the enemy”, a disturbing decision which is no doubt intended to set an example.