Prisoners for Peace/CO Database

War Resisters' International's database of prisoners for peace and conscientious objectors is part of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. It keeps track of known prisoners for peace and conscientious objectors, and allows supporters to access information on conscientious objectors. It is also linked to War Resisters' International's co-alert system.

Below is a list of activists currently in prison, followed by the latest additions to the database. Alternatively, you can search the activist database or the detention database.

Nonviolent activists and conscientious objectors currently in prison

Azerbaijan

16 Apr 2014

Forcibly conscripted on October 10, 2013. Sentenced in April 2014 to one year in a disciplinary unit of the military for his refusal of military service.

Was transferred to a disciplinary battalion in Salyan, Azerbaijan as of December 2014.

Sentenced for a second time to 1 year and 22 days in a punitive military battalion on 6 May 2015, and his appeal was refused.

Eritrea

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

9 May 2001
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jun 2003
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2004
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

27 Dec 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2006
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2007
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2007
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. Imprisoned some time in 2007 - the exact date is not known.

26 Aug 2008
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

26 Aug 2008
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Mar 2009
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. Detained some time in March 2009.

13 May 2013
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

26 May 2014

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. However, he has not yet been charged with any offence.

Korea, South

29 Mar 2016 28 Sep 2017

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Write c/o World Without War P.O. Box 03598, 3F, 57 Mangwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

29 Mar 2016 28 Sep 2017

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Write c/o World Without War P.O. Box 03598, 3F, 57 Mangwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

6 Apr 2016 5 Oct 2017
Yeoju Prison

Yeoju Prison
Yeoju P. O. Box 30
Yeoju-gun, Gyeonggi-do,
South Korea
469-800

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Turkmenistan

18 Nov 2014
Seydi Labour Camp

Turkmenistan
746222 Lebap vilayet
Seydi
uchr. LB-K/12

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector.

He has not yet been tried (as of 3 November 2015).

United States of America

26 Apr 2000 26 Apr 2022
FMC Devens

FMC Devens, Federal Medical Center, P.O. Box 879, Ayer, MA 01432, USA

22 years for convictions resulting from providing humanitarian and financial aid to Iraqis in violation of U.S. sanctions.

1 Aug 2011 31 Aug 2018
SCI Dallas

SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd., Dallas, PA 18612, USA

Sentenced for third trespass at military recruiting office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Serving one to seven years - 31/08/2018 is the last release date.

Latest additions to Prisoners for Peace/CO database