Tadzhikistan: Conscientious objector freed, but another jailed
(05.11.2020) Rustamjon Norov, a 22-year-old Jehovah’s Witness from Dushanbe, is in Khujand Investigation Prison facing prosecution for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. He faces two to five years’ imprisonment if convicted.
On 1 November, conscientious objector Jovidon Bobojonov was freed under presidential prisoner amnesty after serving nine months of his two-year jail term.
Israel: Conscientious objector Hallel Rabin about her time in prison
(27.11.2020) Hillel Rabin spent 56 days in military prison for refusing to serve in the IDF. Now she opens up about her time behind bars, conversations with her fellow inmates, and talking to young Israelis about the occupation.
„We condemn politically motivated prosecution of Ruslan Kotsaba”
Statement by Ukrainian Pacifist Movement
(08.12.2020) 10 December 2020, the court in Kolomyya scheduled hearings in a criminal case of Ruslan Kotsaba, the journalist and pacifist who published in 2015 video blog calling to boycott mobilization for armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Kotsaba was accused of treason and obstructing military operations, crimes punishable from 5 to 15 years of imprisonment, arrested, and declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.