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Happy New Year from the co-update team. We hope that 2008 will bring more good news for the right to conscientious objection, and that it will be more peaceful than 2007.
As War Resisters' International's annual seminar and Council meeting are planned to take place in India in December 2008, we will this year make a special effort to look at the recruitment practice of the Armed Forces of India (see article on the right). While India does not have conscription, it also does not recognise the right to conscientious objection for professional soldiers.
While we don't know of conscientious objectors in India, we recently received news about a new initiative of conscientious objectors in Turkish Cyprus, which we present here.
Andreas Speck

Veröffentlicht in CO-Update, January 2008, No. 35