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Gunter Schmidt

Gunter Schmidt, painter, Germany: I always wished, war was finally dead

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) I have never personally experienced war. I am grateful for this fact under the star of grace and luck and a high degree of liberal political culture in Germany and Europe I have never experienced war, but it lives through me, it definitely outrages me, even where I encounter it indirectly. I am Gunter Schmidt. I am also a painter. Pictures tell me something. Sometimes I take up pictures, transform them artistically and give them my language.

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BAMF decision rates to Eritrea without family asylum

Eritrea’s arbitrary regime downplayed

Refugee protection denied

(10.03.2020) In July 2018 a peace treaty between Ethiopia and Eritrea was concluded, formally ending the border war between the two countries (1998-2000). This was followed in November 2018 by the lifting of UN sanctions against Eritrea. Since then, there have been repeated voices stating that the Eritrean regime has no more excuses to continue the repressive militarization of the population. Furthermore, the peace brought the hope that the human rights situation in the country would improve. However, as can be seen from the reports of Amnesty International, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Special Representative on the human rights situation in Eritrea and most recently Human Rights Watch, this is not the case.

Photo: Mari Park, Amnesty International

South Korea: Alternative to military service is new punishment for conscientious objectors

(27.12.2019) Conscientious objectors in South Korea will continue to be punished and stigmatized for refusing military service under a new alternative service law that was adopted today by the country’s parliament, said Amnesty International. Under the new law, those refusing military service on religious or other grounds will be required to work in a jail or other correctional facility for three years. Previously, they would have been jailed for 18 months.

Furkan Çelik

Turkey: Conscientious objector indicted for "alienating the people from the army"

(06.11.2019) Furkan Çelik, Mitglied des Vereins für Kriegsdienstverweigerung (Vicdani Ret Derneği), wurde von der Istanbuler Staatsanwaltschaft wegen „Distanzierung des Volkes vom Militär angeklagt. Die Anklage gegen den Kriegsdienstverweigerer bezieht sich auf den Twitter-Account des Vereins.