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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.


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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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.

‘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

Time to equalize the national burden

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

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.


In All posts, Conscription on April 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Conscription is the compulsory enlistment of people in some sort of national service, most often military service.

Conscription dates back to antiquity and continues in some countries to the present day under various names.

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