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CO recognised in part of Kurdish Syrian region of Rojava

We previously reported in CO Update that conscription had begun in Rojava, a de facto autonomous Kurdish region in Syria. Now, the government of Cizre canton has recognised the right to conscientious objection. The Mandatory Military Service Law in Rojava currently conscripts 21-30 year olds.

Sources: Vicdani Ret, Rojava’nın Cizire Kantonu çıkardığı yeni yasa ile vicdani ret hakkını tanıdı, 19 April 2016; Rojava Reporter, Right of Conscientious Objection Recognized In Rojava,20 April 2016.