Conscientious Objection 

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Action to jugdement of the constitution court

South Korea: (2nd LD) Conscientious objector acquitted after refusing reservist training for nonreligious reason

(25.02.2021) In the first ruling of its kind, South Korea’s top court on Thursday upheld lower courts’ acquittal of a man charged with refusing to fulfill mandatory reservist duty for nonreligious reasons. The Supreme Court approved lower courts’ verdicts of not guilty for the man indicted for violating the Homeland Reserve Forces Act after refusing to take part in his reserve forces training on grounds of his belief of nonviolence

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EBCO published annual report to conscientious objection 2020

Europe is not a safe place for many conscientious objectors in several countries

(15.02.2021) EBCO’s annual report, covering the region of Council of Europe (CoE), concludes that Europe was not a safe place in 2020 for many conscientious objectors in several countries. “Conscientious objectors faced prosecution, arrests, trials by military courts, imprisonments, fines, intimidation, attacks, death threats, and discrimination. These countries include Turkey, the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Greece, EBCO’s President Alexia Tsouni stated today.

The report could be downloaded at https://ebco-beoc.org/sites/ebco-beoc.org/files/attachments/2021-02-15-EBCO_Annual_Report_2020.pdf

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Against my Conscience

Germany: Against my Conscience

Trailer to Graphic Novel written and drawn by Hannah Brinkmann

(22.01.2021) Hannah Brinkmann’s uncle was forced to serve in the German armed forces in 1973. In the graphic novel “Against My Conscience” she tells his story. The film introduces Hannah Brinkmann’s book based on the images and texts. Hannah Brinkmann is 30, comes from Hamburg and studied graphic novel at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.

German with English undertitles.

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Turkmenistan: Another second-time jailing, four more imminent?

(15.01.2021) Conscientious objectors increasingly face second prosecutions for continuing to refuse compulsory military service. On 11 January, a court in Lebap Region sentenced 20-year-old Jehovah’s Witness Ruslan Artykmuradov to two years in a strict regime labour camp, his second jailing on the same charges. On 30 December 2020, Danev District Prosecutor’s Office informed four other Jehovah’s Witnesses they face second prosecutions. All had offered to do an alternative, civilian service.

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