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Call to action for the International Day of Conscientious Objection (May 15)

Conscientious objection is a human right. Conscientious objectors to military service need asylum

(08.04.2024) We are organising rallies and demonstrations in front of government institutions of warring states, vigils in front of monuments to deserters and other creative actions at various locations during the week of 15 May, the "International Day of Conscientious Objection" - from 13 to 19 May 2024. We emphasise: Conscientious objection is a human right!

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.

Conscientious Objectors In Turkey Need Your Support to Continue Their Struggle

Newsletter March 2024

(11.03.2024) We are writing you once again inform you about our Conscientious Objection Watch donation campaign and ask for your support. As the Conscientious Objection Watch, we received many applications from conscientious objectors in 2023. In these applications, most of the objectors asked for information about the human rights violations and restrictions they experienced and requested support from our organization.

Substitute payment, denaturalisation, withdrawal and asylum

An overview

(06.02.2024) All male Turkish citizens are subject to compulsory military service, which in Turkey applies indefinitely, even though the law limits the age of military service from 20 to 41 years (Art.3a) (1). They are often unaware of the options for avoiding military service. Here we want to present the current status as of 2024. The conditions for replacement payment and deferment differ depending on whether you live in Turkey or abroad.