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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.

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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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Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society – the book

In Conscientious Objection, Conscription, Turkey on March 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society
Edited by Ozgur Heval Cinar and Coskun Usterci

Refusing to take part in war is as old as war itself. This wide-ranging and original book brings together four different bodies of knowledge to examine the pratice of conscientious objection: historical and philosophical analyses of conscientious objection as a critique of compulsory military service and militarization; feminist, LGBT and queer analyses of conscientious objection as a critique of patriarchy, sexism, and heterosexism; activist and academic analyses of conscientious objection as a social movement and individual act of resistance; legal analyses of the status of conscientious objection in international and national law.

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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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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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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.

Call to free Israeli “refusenik” Natan Blanc

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, Israel on January 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Amnesty International Israel calls for the release of conscientious objector Natan Blanc

Read  CEO Jonathan Ger’s letter to Israeli Minister of Defence Ehud Barak

American war resister living in London (Ontario) arrested for desertion

In All posts, Conscientious Objection on April 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

An American war resister who has lived in London, Ontario, for the past four years was arrested Tuesday (April 24) for alleged desertion from the U.S. Army. Richard Droste, 26, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) agents at the Grand Portage Port of Entry on the border between Ontario and Minnesota, just southwest of Thunder Bay

http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/news-story/1357671-american-war-resister-living-in-london-arrested-for-desertion/

‘Your beliefs are officially untrue’

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, Conscription on April 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

One commenter on a recent post said that he doesn’t see the state considering the church as direct competition.  I believe this is untrue both in principle and in fact; in principle because for a liberal state the only truth can be that all are free to believe what they want so long as they don’t infringe on the rights of others to believe what they will, and in fact because the political theorists behind modern liberalism explicitly regarded the church as a competitor.*

By Nic Don at Theopolitical

http://theopolitical.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/your-beliefs-are-officially-untrue-10/

Time to equalize the national burden

In All posts, Conscription, Israel, Non-constitutional on April 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=267435

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz calls for more ultra-Orthodox Jews to enlist in the army and say that he seeks “equality of service” among all Israeli citizens.

Conscientious objector refusing to serve in IDF sentenced to prison

In All posts, Conscientious Objection, Israel on April 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Noam Gur, a young Israeli conscientious objector, was sentenced Monday afternoon to 10 days in military prison. Once released, Gur is likely to be ordered to enlist again – and sent again to prison, the process repeating itself several times before she is ultimately released.

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