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Ercan Aktaş

Ercan Aktaş, Turkey/France: I came to France in October 2017 and never returned

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) Hello, my name is Ercan Jan Aktaş. I am a social scientist, activist and writer. My fields of work are; violence, militarism, peace and conscientious objection. On 14th May 2005, I declared my conscientious objection together with a group of friends in Izmir. Since then I have been part of the anti-war movement. I took part in the work of a group of war resisters, the Conscientious Objection for Peace Platform and the Conscientious Objection Association. I have also written the activist work I have been part in newspapers and websites that I am an author of, and I’m continuing to do so. In May 2016, the police stormed my house where I was living with my family following a ‘social media’ operation in relation to my activist work in Turkey: Subsequently, 3 lawsuits were filed against me due to my work I was carrying out with my friends as an anti-war activist, anti-militarist and conscientious objector.

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+90 and DW Turkey: Being a Conscientious Objector

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(01.05.2020) Extract of a video made by Deutsche Welle Turkey and +90 which describes the situation of conscientious objectors in Turkey. We thank for the permission to use these extracts.

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Kamiljan Ergashov. Photo: Jehovahs Witnesses

Turkmenistan: First 2020 conscientious objector jailing

(27.01.2020) On 13 January, a court in Dashoguz Region of northern Turkmenistan jailed 18-year-old Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector Kamiljan Ergashov for two years for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. This is the first known conviction and jailing of a conscientious objector so far in 2020. It is the 20th known such conviction since January 2018.

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Jovidon Bobojonov. Foto: Jehovahs Witnesses

Tajikistan: Conscientious objection "a major crime"?

(14.01.2020) Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector Jovidon Bobojonov has been held since October 2019 by the military despite offering to do alternative civilian service, even though the government claimed in March 2019 to the UN Human Rights Committee that an alternative service law is being prepared.

From early October 2019, 19-year-old Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector Jovidon Bobojonov has been held in a military unit near Dushanbe pending trial as he refused to bear arms, wear military uniform, or take the military oath. His requests to do an alternative civilian service have been refused. No criminal case against him is known to have been launched.

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