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International Conscientious Objectors’ Day demonstration in South-Korea

In All posts on February 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm

OHCHR publishes guide to conscientious objection

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, Conscription, Constitutional, Greece, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, UK on April 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm

OHCHR publishes guide to conscientious objection

UN human rights agency publishes guide to Conscientious Objection.  PDF available at War Resisters International link above.

Conscript facing jail again for refusing to go against his conscience

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, Israel on March 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

A handful of Israeli teenagers go to prison every year because they refuse to serve in their country’s army on grounds of conscience.

Nineteen-year old Natan Blanc from Haifa has been through this seven times in four months.

Blanc says he will not participate in human rights violations against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. He was first imprisoned after refusing the military call-up up last November.

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Are Israel’s refusers modern day heroes?

In All posts on March 14, 2013 at 6:13 am

Are Israel’s refusers modern day heroes?

All facets of refusal may be instrumental in changing the conscription process and refusal to serve in the Israeli military is not always the outcome of opposing the Occupation. It takes courage and demands fortitude and wide support.

By Ruth L. Hiller

Different people refuse to enlist in Israel’s occupation army for a variety of reasons. Some of them, like Natan Blanc, publicly refuse to serve in the occupation and are willing to go to jail over their decision.

A recent blog post by professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College Uriel Kitron, raised some very important points regarding militarism, refusal, and war culture in Israel and puts forward a good opportunity to look at the wider refusal movement.

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Michael Tippett – a renowned British composer, an active pacifist

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, UK on March 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Sir Michael Tippett (1905 – 1998) without doubt was a significant British composer of the 20th century. His oratorio ‘A Child of Our Time‘, composed during the Second World War, deals with violent incidents of those years in the context of the experiences of oppressed people generally, and carries a strongly pacifist message of ultimate understanding and reconciliation.

His music became a vehicle to channel his humanitarian and pacifist beliefs, alongside his campaigning activity, which include becoming a president of the Peace Pledge Union and unveiling in Tavistock Square, in London,  the Commemorative Stone to conscientious objectors all over the world and in every age.

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Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc has been imprisoned for the SEVENTH time

In All posts on March 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc has been imprisoned for the SEVENTH time

Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc was imprisoned today for the seventh time. 19-years-old, from Haifa, Natan Blanc declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army for the seventh time on 28th February, and was sentenced to 20 days’ imprisonment for his refusal.

Click on link above for information on how to send a letter of protest/solidarity.

The Pink Certificate – The Documentary (BBC World Service)

In All posts on February 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

“Why homosexual men are not allowed to be conscripted into the Turkish army.” Emre Azizlerli lifts the lid on the only country within the Nato military alliance to discriminate against homosexuals in this way.

“There’s a Turkish saying that every man is born a soldier; and in Turkey every man is conscripted for military service of up to 15 months. There is no alternative to this; Turkey does not recognise the concept of conscientious objection”

News Article: Proving you’re gay to the Turkish Army By Emre Azizlerli
(please click on the link to read the article on BBC News)

▶ Audio: BBC World Service – The Documentary, The Pink Certificate.
(please click on the link to listen the programme on BBC Radio)

‘This land is mine’

In All posts on February 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm

nina says” A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant. Who’s-killing-who viewer’s guide here: blog.ninapaley.com/2012/10/01/this-land-is-mine/”

if you scroll down on both the vimeo and blog entries you will read that the work has inspired (or triggered?) many reactions. the power of the art?

Boris Vian- Le déserteur

In All posts, Conscientious Objection on February 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Translation in English (taken from here) Original lyrics after the English translation

Mr. President
I’m writing you a letter
that perhaps you will read
If you have the time.
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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Arrangement for Gay Soldiers in Turkish Armed Forces?

In All posts on February 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

kaosgl_logo_en“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Arrangement for Gay Soldiers in Turkish Armed Forces?

The new regulation sets forth “sexual identity and behavioral disorders” instead of “psychosexual disorders” of the former regulation and cancels Article 17. The article in question lists psychosexual disorders as “homosexuality, transvestism and others” and divides inconvenience for military service into two categories: psychosexual disorders and aggravated psychosexual disorders.

via “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Arrangement for Gay Soldiers in Turkish Armed Forces? | Kaos GL – News Portal for Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender People.

War Resisters International gathering information on Eritrea

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, Conscription on February 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Go to War Resisters International website post for details

War Resisters International is gathering information on conscription and conscientious objection in Eritrea to submit to UNHRC.

Conscientious Objection in the UK Armed Forces

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, UK on February 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

“Conscientious objection to military service is a subtle concept. Broadly speaking, it arises when a serving or prospective member of the armed forces finds that their work cannot / could not be done in good conscience. When the claim of  conscience is sufficiently powerful for the person to seek to remove themselves from their work, then a conscientious objection can be said to exist. This could arise in relation either to specific orders or military operations, or to military service in all its aspects. Informed Choice: Armed Forces Recruitment Practice in the UK, 2007″

 

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Ex soldier Joe Glenton refused to return to Afghanistan

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, UK on January 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Ex soldier Joe Glenton refused to return to Afghanistan -full article

When the War on Terror began, Briton Joe Glenton felt compelled to serve his nation. He passed through basic training and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. What he saw overseas left him disillusioned, and he returned home increasingly political and manifesting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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John Glenton: Why I refused to return to fight in Afghanistan’s brutal occupation

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, Constitutional, UK on January 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Why I refused to return to fight in Afghanistan’s brutal occupation | Joe Glenton | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

“… conscientious objection is a legal and contractual right. In fact, it is more than that – it is a legal and moral obligation. This is why we must not accept the debate about serving in Afghanistan to be to narrowed down to an exchange about a soldier’s heroism or cowardice. Instead, I would encourage servicemen to explore their right to refuse, be aware of it and to act upon their conscience. You will find you are not obliged to go; contracts, remember, bind multiple parties, not just one.”

Fifth detention of Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, Israel on January 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

http://www.wri-irg.org/node/21080

Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc has just been imprisoned – for the fifth time. 19-years-old, from Haifa, Natan Blanc declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army for the fifth time on 21st January. He was sentenced to 20 days’ imprisonment for his refusal.