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Dear readers of CO-Update.

Welcome to this issue of CO-Update. As you might have noticed, there was no CO-Update at the beginning of February, as all of WRI's programme staff has been in India until 1 February, and it has not been possible to get an issue of CO-Update out quickly after our return. This issue of CO-Update is therefore a double issue for February and March. We will be back to our usual monthly schedule from April on.

This issue opens with a story from Germany - a case of possible triple punishment of a total objector, refusing military and substitute service. The trial has been adjourned to May, so it will be important now to monitor the situation, and support Fabian Schulz, to avoid imprisonment.

Also in Greece the prosecution of conscientious objectors continues, as WRI pointed out on 17 February in a joint statement with the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and the Greek Section of Amnesty International. See also the article in this issue of CO-Update.

In addition to these two countries, there are several short reports on developments in other countries in this CO-Update. They all show that we still have a lot of work to do until the right to conscientious objection is universally recognised.

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Andreas Speck