Dear readers of CO-Update.

Welcome to our 50th issue of CO-Update. We started this e-newsletter in September 2004 - exactly 5 years ago - to "provide information on new developments regarding conscription, military service, and conscientious objection" (see CO-Update No 1). And a lot has been reported in these past 50 issues - some important successes, such as the judgement of the European Court of Human Right in the case of Osman Murat Ülke (see CO-Update No 17, February 2006), or the decision of the Human Rights Committee on two individual complaints from South Korea (see CO-Update No 27, February 2007). But usually it's not these big decisions which fill an issue of CO-Update, but the ongoing small developments, good and bad.

With the launch of War Resisters' International's new website last year, the individual articles of the CO-Update e-newsletter have also been integrated into the website, and can easily be accessed together with other news items on a certain country, or via the World Survey pages (which have seen an extensive update of all European Union country entries in October last year). These changes have made CO-Update an even more useful resource.

To continue to do this work War Resisters' International depends on your donations. We therefore kindly ask you to donate to WRI online at wri-irg.org/en/donate-en.htm.

Andreas Speck