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Gallery: Art meets Conscientious Objection, May 15-17, 2015
- South Korea: Conscientious Objection is not a crime
- Paper version of the petition for South Korean conscientious objectors
Sentenced to Life
- Conscientious Objectors in South Korea - Dossier of Amnesty International
International Statement
- Solidarity with the Egyptian Conscientious Objector Mark Nabil Sanad
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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.

Egypt: Exemption of the two COs Mark Nabil and Mostafa Ahmed

We are having good news this time. We, in NoMilService, had been working with two conscientious objectors during the last year: Mark Nabil and Mostafa Ahmed. Both of them were finally exempted from the military service through a decision made by the minister of defense. The decision doesn't recognize them as conscientious objectors, but still they are exempted finally from the service. We wanted to thank you all, especially our friends in WRI, EBCO and Connection e.V. for your continuous support and solidarity. You provided the international protection which enabled us to deal with one of the cruelties armies on earth. Below the statement of the No to Compulsory Military Service Movement. (Maikel Nabil Sanad)

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?

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.

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

Briefing paper for the Universal Periodic Review of UN Human Rights Committee of Turkey
Failure to legislate for conscientious objection

Turkey is the last country in the Council of Europe area to recognize conscientious objection to military service. Conscientious objectors face the possibility of a life-long cycle of prosecutions and imprisonment, and a situation of “civil death” which excludes them from the normal social, cultural and economic life.

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