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Gallery: International Action Day for Cypriot CO Murat Kanatlı
EBCO shocked at imprisonment of its Board Member Murat Kanatlı
- Demand for his immediate and unconditional release
New Profile:
Report at the Mediterranean Conscientious Objectors Meeting
- Israel has conscription for men and women
New Profile:
Israel: Conscientious objector Eyal Yablonko sentenced to prison for the second time
- Please send letter of support
Ellen Elster:
Conscription for Women in Norway
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50 Young Israelis Send a Letter to Netanyahu:
“We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army”

March 8, 2014, dozens of young Israelis sent Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, a letter in which they declared their refusal to serve in the Israeli military. This is the largest group of Israeli draft refusers in the history of Israel; it is the first act of its kind in five years, but follows a long tradition of communal conscientious objection. The current Israeli government is trying to widen the army draft to all ethnic groups within Israel against their will and young people from all over the country are reacting by refusing to serve in the Israeli Army.

Mediterranean Conference on Conscientious Objection in Cyprus

The first ever Mediterranean Conference on Conscientious Objection took place in Cyprus from 31 January to 3 February 2014. Over 30 activists from Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Turkey were able to particpate. The group was complemented with other guests from Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Rudi Friedrich reports.

Eritrea: Stop National Service Slavery
Campaign just launched

The Stop National Service Slavery in Eritrea Campaign launches today (January 1st) in Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, UK and Italy. The campaign links Eritrean born activists across Europe and will call upon local governments to recognize the oppressive regime in Eritrea, which according to Human Rights Watch is responsible for the mass exodus of 18,000 citizens annually, who risk their lives trying to escape.

Solidarity with Egyptian Conscientious Objectors Emad el Dafrawi and Mohamed Fathy
Statement of Peace and Human Rights Organizations

We, peace and human rights organizations, declare our support and solidarity with No to Compulsory Military Service movement and with Egyptian conscientious objectors, Emad el Dafrawi and Mohamed Fathy. We condemn the silence of Egypt’s authorities over conscientious objectors’ suffering. We call on the Egyptian authorities to restore their civil rights and to recognize their right to an exemption from the military service based on their conscientious beliefs.

Conscientious objection to military service
Resolution of UN Human Rights Council

... Recognizing that conscientious objection to military service derives from principles and reasons of conscience, including profound convictions, arising from religious, ethical, humanitarian or similar motives, ...

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