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(04.05.2016) 
Gallery: International delegation went to Diyarbakır and Cizre
(04.03.2016) 
Egypt must recognize Samir Elsharbaty’s right to Conscientious objection
(05.02.2016) 
DFG-VK – State Associations of Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse, and Connection e.V.:
Ukraine: Ruslan Kotsaba affirms refusal to take up arms
- Observers report from the day in court in Ivano-Frankivsk
(30.01.2016) 
Mesarvot:
Israel: Tanya Golan joins Tair Kaminer in her refusal to serve in the IDF
(12.12.2015) 
ሓጺር ታሪኽ ሂወት ሓውና ኣብረሃም ገብረየሱስ ምሕረትኣብ:
ሎሚ ንንፈተዎ ሓውና፣ መሓዛናን ብጻይናን ኣብረሃም ገብረየሱስ ምሕረ
- ኣብረሃም ሰኑይ ታሕሳስ 07, 2015 ኣብ ከተማ ኦፍንባኽ ድሕሪ ክግበረሉ ዝጸንሐ
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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.

Turkey: Stop the cycle of violence!
International delegation went to Diyarbakır and Cizre
(04.05.2016) 

Europe has failed us”, is the bitter statement often heard in South East Turkey currently. “We thought that Europe stood for human rights and peace, but unlike when there was war in Turkey in the 1990s, nowadays nobody cares what is happening to us”. An international delegation has visited South East Turkey. The group – organised by international pacifist network War Resisters' International - concluded that the violent conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK has caused enormous suffering and traumatisation among the civilian population of the Kurdish regions of Turkey. According to reports, since August 2015 at least 338 civilians and an unknown number of combatants have died, and more than 400,000 civilians had to flee their homes. According to the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, about 100,000 of these people have no houses to go back to since their residences were totally destroyed.

"We raise a common voice for peace and against militarisation"
Statement
(08.03.2016) 

We are conscientious objectors from all around the eastern Mediterranean region. Our region has suffered for so long from oppression, injustice, militarisation, military occupations and wars, as well as poverty, illiteracy, hunger and lack of social infrastructure. In this difficult period, when our region seems to fall even more into the chaos of war, we raise a common voice for peace and against militarisation.

Israel: "I will declare my refusal to serve in the military"
(09.01.2016) 

My name is Tair Kaminer, I am 19. I graduated of a year of volunteering with the scouts in Sderot. On January 10th, 2016, I will report to the induction base and declare my refusal to serve in the military, and my willingness to do alternative civil service. To this reality, I say enough! There I decided to refuse military service.

Urgent Call from Turkey’s Human Rights Organizations
To the international community
(06.01.2016) 

With the interruption of the peace talks, the government of Turkey started, in mid-August, to implement a security policy that unlawfully restricts fundamental rights and freedoms in those cities and towns largely populated by Kurds.

As civil society organisations we demand the international community to remind the Government of Republic of Turkey that:

  • curfews declared in the absence of any legal basis are unacceptable,
  • lethal force cannot be used by any means whatsoever in a disproportionate and arbitrary fashion,
  • during security operations obligations stemming from international human rights law, international criminal law as well as the humanitarian law cannot be suspended,
  • human rights organisations, professional organisations, representatives of local government and of the Parliament, struggling to end, identify and penalise right violations and to reflect the process in total transparency to the international community, should be supported, and
  • we call for a bilateral ceasefire, the cessation of conflict and the resumption of peace negotiations to be carried out in an official and transparent manner in the presence of independence observers.

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