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Conscientious objector Kenan Kahya. Photo: Vicdani Ret İzleme.

Testimony of Conscientious Objector Kenan Kahya: Conscientious Objection is a Human Right!

Interview Series Part l

(15.05.2024) On the International Day of Conscientious Objection, we’re starting to share the testimonies of the conscientious objectors from Turkey. In the first of the interview series, you’ll hear the testimonies of conscientious objector Kenan Kahya. Kenan Kahya, who declared his conscientious objection in 2017, faces many restrictions and violations, from the violation of his right to work to the restriction of his freedom of travel, because he refuses compulsory military service.

Voices Against War (VAW) is a social media initiative of the Refuser Solidarity Network.

The problem is not a specific soldier, it is the entire army

Newsletter of the Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN)

(05.05.2024) Dear all, Mattan here. I am the executive director of Refuser Solidarity Network and an Israeli refuser. I am writing to you as I would like to let you know how actions of the U.S. government against the war, can distract from the root of the problems, the Israeli systematic oppression of the Palestinians.

Ercan Genç

"I want to make our voices heard as conscientious objectors all over the world"

Ercan Genç, Türkei/Deutschland speaks in YouTube-channel @RefusetoKill

(13.03.2024) Newly published today: A video with Ercan Genç from Turkey, who is undergoing asylum proceedings in Germany and is thus making his conscientious objection known for the first time. In an interview with Connection e.V., he talks about his story and motivations. The video is available on our YouTube channel (at)RefusetoKill in Turkish with English and German subtitles: https://youtu.be/pJGncr68NAU.

There is no military solution – a statement of refusal

(26.12.2023) This land has a problem – there are two nations with an undeniable connection to this place. But even with all the violence in the world, we could not erase the Palestinian people or their connection to this land, just as the Jewish people or our connection to that same land cannot be erased. The problem here is supremacy, the belief that this land belongs to only one people. Violence cannot solve the situation, neither by Hamas, nor by Israel. There is no military solution to a political problem. Therefore, I refuse to enlist in an army that believes that the real problem can be ignored, under a government that only continues the bereavement and pain.

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