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Turkey: Conscientious Objection Bulletin

August - September 2021

(11.10.2021) In the fifth issue of the Conscientious Objection Bulletin, you may find informations about the applications that we’ve received in August and September of 2021, the two-month up-to-date information on the violations of rights experienced by conscientious objectors, up-to-date information on the legal cases followed by VR-DER (Conscientious Objection Association), and the conscientious objection declarations made in August and September.

If you want to get information about the monitoring work carried out by VRDER, you can contact us on our website and social media accounts.

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Zana Aksu

Conscientious objector Zana Aksu sentenced to imprisonment

(18.09.2021) For an alleged violation of Turkish military law, conscientious objector and human rights activist Zana Aksu has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Criminal Division of the Eruh District Court. He is also to pay a fine of 10,000 TL (equivalent to about 1,000 euros). Aksu had already been charged with insubordination in 2018 and acquitted. The prosecution did not let up and initiated proceedings again last year. This time with success for the time being. The verdict is not yet final.

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Turkey: Conscientious Objection Bulletin

May - July 2021

(04.08.2021) In the forth issue of the Conscientious Objection Bulletin, you may find informations about the applications that we’ve received in May to July of 2021, the three-months up-to-date information on the violations of rights experienced by conscientious objectors, up-to-date information on the legal cases followed by VR-DER (Conscientious Objection Association), and the conscientious objection declarations made from May to July.

If you want to get information about the monitoring work carried out by VRDER, you can contact us on our website and social media accounts.

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Turkey: Conscientious Objection Association publishes significant report on the situation of conscientious objectors

(06.07.2021) Yesterday the Istanbul-based Association for Conscientious Objection (Vicdani Ret Dernği) published a comprehensive report on the situation of conscientious objectors in Turkey. "The report," the association said in its press release, "details the rights violations and juridical processes conscientious objectors in Turkey are experiencing." Turkey, which is a member of NATO, has compulsory military service, usually lasting six months, and does not recognise conscientious objection. The English version of the report can be downloaded at https://en.connection-ev.org/pdfs/expert-opinion-turkey-2021.pdf.