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Ercan Aktaş

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

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(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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Beran Mehmet İşçi

Beran Mehmet İşçi, Turkey/Germany: My asylum case as conscientious objector is regarded as non-political

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(15.05.2020) My name is Beran Mehmet İşçi. I am a poet, writer and conscientious objector with Zaza-Kurdish heritage from Turkey. On 6 November I declared my conscientious objection in Turkey. After that, I faced intense pressure and problems that forced me to go into hiding. Then on February 2019 I came to Germany. I have been living in Germany for 1-1.5 years. My asylum case is progressing. Asylum request for conscientious objection are being regarded as "non-political" crime cases rather than a political stance.

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Halil Savda

Halil Savda, Turkey/Cyprus: I dream of a nonviolent and free world

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(15.05.2020) I dream of a nonviolent and free world and I invite everyone to share this dream. As humanity struggles with Covid-19, the arms industry continues to operate. The days we are living in are extraordinary. We are responsible to each other and each of our health depends on one another.

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Vicdani Ret Derneği, Turkey: Statement to the International Day of Conscientious Objection

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(15.05.2020) Today is 15th of May, International Conscientious Objection Day. We continue to dream of a world without war an urge everyone to make this dream come true. We’ve been under the influence of the Covid-19 outbreak for a while. While there are efforts to reshape social life by measures against the epidemic, governments continue to suppress our lives through their political agendas and practices.

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