Britain: War resister Joe Glenton arrested for speaking out in public
(11.11.2009) War Resisters’ International learned today that Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who already faces charges of desertion for refusing to return to Afghanistan, has been arrested and charged with five counts of "disobeying a lawful order" for speaking at an anti-war demonstration in London on 24 October 2009, and for expressing his opposition to the war in Afghanistan to the media. War Resisters’ International calls for letters of support to Joe Glenton and for letters of protest to the British authorities.
USA: Attorney reports human rights abuses of GI resisters
(13.10.2009) Attorneys and veteran’s groups are alarmed by recent reports that two US Army soldiers imprisoned at the Fort Lewis Regional Correctional Facility (RCF) have been subjected to human rights abuses and violations of their constitutional rights. The civilian defense attorney of two soldiers, James M. Branum, told Truthout that both soldiers have been strip-searched while possibly being filmed. Bishop and Church have also been watched by female guards during strip-searches, while using the restroom as well as while in the showers. Both soldiers have been denied one in-person visit by their attorneys and all phone calls with their attorneys have been illegally monitored by guards.
(06.10.2009) On 1 July
2009, the last conscripts left the Armed Forces of Lithuania. This completes
the transition of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to a volunteer force. While conscription has
now been suspended, Lithuania still does not recognise the right to
conscientious objection for professional soldiers.
Letter of Joe Glenton to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Dear Mr Brown, I am writing to you as a serving soldier in the British Army to express my views and concerns on the current conflict in Afghanistan. It is my primary concern that the courage and tenacity of my fellow soldiers has become a tool of American foreign policy. I believe this unethical short-changing of such proud men and women has caused immeasurable suffering not only to families of British service personnel who have been killed and injured, but also to the noble people of Afghanistan.