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The Movement of Conscientious Objectors

Advocacy Newsletter

June 2024

(22.07.2024) Friends, hello everyone! This is Artem Klyga from the Movement of Conscientious Objectors. The FSB, the Russian special service, is very eager to recruit conscripts into their service on their own. To do this, they are making changes to the bylaws. Starting in September, Russian schools will have a lesson with elements of military training, which could negatively affect conscientious objectors to military service. Good news from South Korea: they have granted asylum to the first conscientious objector from Russia. And some good news from Russia: we received some positive decisions from the Russian court. Enjoy reading!

Report concerning the situation of the right to conscientious objection in Bolivia

UN Univeral Periodic Review

(18.07.2024) Connection e.V. has prepared and submitted to the UN a country based report in preparation of the upcoming 48th session of the Universal Periodic Review of the State of Bolivia. The formal session will take place at the UN in Geneva in November 2024.

Original photo: Nash Dom

Vitali Dvarashyn: The Story of how a Belarusian conscientious objector

Being caught in the millstones of two state systems in Lithuania and in Belarus

(16.07.2024) Some time ago, Lithuania claimed to be a safe democratic country, which in 2020 clearly declared its desire to save repressed Belarusians from the wrath of a mad dictator Alexander Lukashenko. But then it changed its mind. Vitali Dvarashyn is one of Belarusian conscientious objector to military service whom Lithuania decided to persecute and continues to hound, and it’s unclear how it will all end.

Foto: Zaira Zafarana

Dialogo interattivo sull’aggiornamento orale dell’Alto Commissario sulla situazione dei diritti umani in Ucraina

Consiglio dei Diritti Umani delle Nazioni Unite, 56a sessione

(12.07.2024) Questa settimana alle Nazioni Unite a Ginevra, WRI e Connection e.V. sono intervenuti nella plenaria del Consiglio dei Diritti Umani per parlare della situazione odierna in Ucraina, menzionando la coscrizione forzata e la militarizzazione dei bambini nei territori occupati, la sospensione del diritto all’obiezione di coscienza e la persecuzione di obiettori e attivisti per la pace come Yurii Sheliazhenko e il Movimento pacifista ucraino da parte delle autorità ucraine.

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