Conscientious Objection 

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Stephan Brües

Stephan Brües, Germany: From this on I was engaged in the peace movement

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(15.05.2020) Hello. My name is Stephan Brües. I’m coming from Germany. 37 years ago I objected the military service, but I did not object the social service that conscription obliged me to, because this might have meant to come into a prison. But from this on I was engaged in the peace movement.

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Emanuel Matondo

Emanuel Matondo, Angola/Germany: #I knew that war is a crime and then I refused the military service

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(15.05.2020) I know a lot about war. In my country of origin, Angola, as a young man in the 90s during the civil war we were misused as cannon fodder. Most of us were being recruited forcefully and sent to the front line.

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Mertcan Güler and his boss

Mertcan Güler and his boss, Turkey/Germany: We both reject to go to army

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(15.05.2020) Hello comrades. I’m here with my boss. He has a Kiosk. I’m his worker actually. And we both reject to go to army. And we both have different reasons for that.

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Merve Arkun

Merve Arkun, Turkey: Conscientious objection: anti-war action and rejection of male-dominated codes

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(15.05.2020) Hello. I’m Merve. I am one of the female conscientious objectors in Turkey. My justification for clarifying conscientious objection is also directly related to the denial of gender roles and the rejection of male dominance in social life. Unfortunately, the women here feel the full burden of the war in economic, political and social terms, as a result of the fact that the geography we live in is a geography of war. So an act of conscientious objection is both an anti-war action for women and a highly valuable one for the rejection of male-dominated codes within society. (...)

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