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Call for an International Day of Action for Egyptian Pacifist

Free Maikel Nabil Sanad

(15.08.2011) War Resisters’ International, Connection e.V. and DFG-VK Hesse call for an International Day of Action for imprisoned Egyptian conscientious objector, critic of the military and blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad. We ask groups and organisations to join the actions on 9 September 2011: Free Maikel Nabil Sanad!

Egypt: Imprisoned Conscientious Objector and Critic of the Military Maikel Nabil Sanad needs your support

(24.06.2011) Maikel Nabil Sanad is a conscientious objector, a critic of the military and a blogger. On 10 April 2011 he was sentenced by an Egyptian military court to three years imprisonment for reporting about ongoing human rights violations and political influence of Egyptian military during, and after the revolution (...more). Connection e.V., War Resisters’ International, and DFG-VK Hesse call for the support of Maikel Nabil Sanad. To this end, they have started an online campaign to send him solidarity postcards and letters. “Every letter signifies important support in prison“, Rudi Friedrich from Connection e.V. declared today. “Every letter signifies a protest against the military as well, and in this way also a form of protection.”

Turkey: Military prolongs imprisonment of conscientious objector İnan Süver

“I haven’t committed any crime, so why am I in prison?”

(07.06.2011) Further on the Turkish military prosecution of conscientious objector İnan Süver. His possible release on license for this 25 months sentence was delayed for 9 months, because he escaped from the civil prison for some days. He declared no his escape: “I haven’t committed any crime, so why am I in prison?” Now İnan Süver has to stay in jail at least until June 13, 2012.

Connection e.V. to participate in an International Conference

(14.05.2011) From May 17 to 26 Connection e.V. will present its work at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, which will be held in Kingston, Jamaica. Together with the Quaker United Nations Office and the Eritrean Antimilitarist Initiative we will organize a working group to strengthen the human right of conscientious objection as well as the right for persecuted deserters and conscientious objectors to get asylum in exile. It is expected that 1,000 will attend the conference.

We hope to make new contacts at an international level there. One of the mainstays of an effective support of conscientious objection is a good and lively network as well as personal contacts to activists in other countries.