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Right to Refuse to Kill

Conference "Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis"

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19 Oct 2017

Along with The Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights, EEPA, Förderverein Pro Asyl e.V., Connection e.V., and the Eritrean Law Society, and in cooperation with the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union, War Resisters’ International, is co-organising the event below.

SAVE THE DATE: Brussels, October 19th, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam,

New report on conscientious objection from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' Quadrennial Analytic Report on conscientious objection to military service is out, read it here.

WRI was one of the civil society organisation that submitted information to the OHCHR for the report, and it is referenced a number of times in the report.

Calling for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea

Published today: we're calling for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea.

We're glad to be amongst those working to keep the focus on the human rights situation in #Eritrea, where conscription is indefinite and militarisation "excessive" (according to Special Rapporteur Sheila B. Keetharuth).

The letter was initiated by Civicus.

15. Mai: Heute ist der internationale Tag der Kriegsdienstverweigerung

Kriegsdienstverweigerung bedeutet, die Mitarbeit am Militarismus zu verweigern. Es bedeutet, Armeen und organisierte Gewaltgruppen als das zu benennen, was sie wirklich sind, und oft das Risiko einer Gefängnisstrafe und sozialen Stigmas, weil man das tut. Es bedeutet auch, einer internationalistischen Bewegung beizutreten, die sich gewaltfrei in Richtung auf Gesellschaften organisiert, die frei sind von Krieg und Unterdrückung.

Internationaler Solidaritäts-Aktionstag mit den inhaftierten israelischen Gewissensverweigerern # refuse2occupy

Tamar Alon, Atalya Ben Abba und Tamar Ze'evi sollen erneut ins Gefängnis, weil sie sich weigern, ihren Militärdienst in der israelischen Besatzung zu machen. Das Netzwerk Mesarvot unterstützt Militärdienstverweigerer, die aus Gewissensgründen und aus politischen Gründen heraus handeln. Das Netzwerk rief den 1. Dezember als internationalen Aktionstag aus, der die Verweigerer unterstützen soll.

TURKEY: Jail Term for Conscientious Objector Onur Erden

Conscientious objector Onur Erden has been sentenced to 10 months in prison on charge of deserting mandatory military service. Erden will go to prison if the penalty is approved by the Military Supreme Court.

Trials of conscientious objectors Onur Erden and Uğur Gültekin, who were pending a trial without arrest on charge of deserting mandatory military service, were heard by Gelibolu 2nd Corps Commandership Military Court.

ISRAEL: Refusers Tamar Ze'evi, Tamar Alon and Jalaa Zaher released, Atalia Ben-Abba imprisoned again

Atalia Ben-AbbaAtalia Ben-AbbaIsraeli conscientious objectors Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi, who declared their refusal to serve in the IDF and take part in the occupation on 16th November 2016, were freed after each spending more than 100 days behind bars.

COLOMBIA: Conscientious objector Diego Blanco illegally recruited


Conscientious Objector Diego Fernando Blanco López from Colombia has been illegally recruited by the Colombian army, despite his right to postpone as a student. He is currently being forced to serve in the Grupo de Caballeria Mecanicado No 4 Juan de Corral of the Colombian Army in Rionegro, Antioquia.

WRI submits information for a new UN report on conscientious objection to military service

In February, War Resisters' International responded to a request for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on conscientious objection to military service, towards a quadrennial analytical report on conscientious objection to military service that will be presented to the Human Rights Council.

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