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Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe urges Turkey to recognize the right of conscientious objection

(07.06.2023) The Deputies in view of the longstanding issues examined in these cases and the lack of progress achieved so far, decided to resume consideration of these cases at their DH meeting in June 2024 at the latest and, in the absence of concrete information allowing for a positive assessment of the general measures, instructed the Secretariat to prepare a draft interim resolution for examination at that meeting.

Turkey: Submission to the European Court of Human Rights

(April 2023) This input to the situation of conscientious objectors in Turkey was submitted to the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in April 2023.

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Turkey: January-March 2023 Conscientious Objection Watch Bulletin Released

(March 2023) In this issue of The Conscientious Objection Watch Bulletin, you’ll find information about the inquiries made to the Conscientious Objection Watch regarding conscientious objection and conscription between January-March 2023; updated data on the rights violations experienced by conscientious objectors; and the declarations of conscientious objection in the 3-month period covering January-March

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Video published about conscientious objector Onur Erden

16 years of persecution in Turkey - still no asylum

(08.09.2022) „If I would have completed my military service and would have participated in an operation in East, I would have killed women, childs and people of Kurds, Armenians and other nationalities, they would have rewarded me, declared me a hero. But because I refused to play the dirty game, refused to be a soldier, refused to fight, they accused me of being a terrorist.“

Today Connection e.V. published a video film about Onur Erden, conscientious objector from Turkey. For 16 years now, he has been subject to unending persecution and has therefore sought asylum in Germany. 

Watch video on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/OVceFBhZ_dU

8:20 min, Turkish with German and English undertitles