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International Support of Conscientious Objectors and Deserters

Current Articles

(14.05.2015) 
Petition
- South Korea: Conscientious Objection is not a crime
(14.05.2015) 
Petition
- Paper version of the petition for South Korean conscientious objectors
(13.05.2015) 
Sentenced to Life
- Conscientious Objectors in South Korea - Dossier of Amnesty International
(26.02.2015) 
Connection e.V. and PRO ASYL:
Decision of the European Court of Justice in the case of U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd
- Connection e.V. and PRO ASYL: Much that is negative and little that is positive in the outcome
(23.01.2015) 
No to Compulsory Military Service Movement:
Egypt must recognize Mark Nabil Sanad’s right to Conscientious Objection
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International Support of Conscientious Objectors and Deserters

Conscientious objectors, men as well as women, need help on an international scale. Connection e.V. is committed to support war resisters.

International Statement
Solidarity with the Egyptian Conscientious Objector Mark Nabil Sanad
(09.04.2015) 

We, peace and human rights organizations, declare our support and solidarity with No to Compulsory Military Service Movement and with the Egyptian conscientious objector, Mark Nabil Sanad. We condemn the silence of Egypt’s authorities over conscientious objectors’ suffering. We call on the Egyptian authorities to restore his civil rights and to recognize his right to an exemption from the military service based on his conscientious beliefs.

U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd’s Request for Asylum
The European Court of Justice: Having published its preliminary ruling, what is the next move?
(14.03.2015) 

On February 26, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), having been asked by the Munich Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) to submit a decision on U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd’s request for asylum, published its preliminary ruling. As many media observers now believe that Mr Shepherd’s prospects of being granted asylum status are very remote, Rudi Friedrich from Connection e.V. has now summarized his initial thoughts on whether pessimism is indeed justified and what ramifications the court's preliminary ruling will have.

Call to Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb
End Finnish Conscription and Imprisonment of Conscientious Objectors
(13.01.2015) 

Finland is one of the last remaining countries in Europe that still has conscription. Finnish society and national culture are very militaristic and conscription is upheld primarily because of militaristic values and traditions. Even the armed forces admit they don't need all the conscripts and the size of reserve forces was cut by about 1/3, from 350 000 to 230.000 active reserve troops.

EBCO calls for the release of the Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanli
International day of action: Tuesday 9 December 2014
(08.12.2014) 

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objectors (EBCO) condemns the unacceptable and anachronistic practice of the Turkish-Cypriot authorities to prosecute and imprison conscientious objectors to military service. EBCO calls for the immediate release of 31-year-old conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanli and for the full recognition of the right to conscientious objection to military service for conscripts, reservists and professional members of the armed forces, in line with European and international standards.

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