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Statement of conscientious objectors from eastern Mediterranean region

Solidarity action outside the Israeli embassy in Athens for Tair Kaminer, Israeli CO currently in jailSolidarity action outside the Israeli embassy in Athens for Tair Kaminer, Israeli CO currently in jailConscientious objector groups from the eastern Mediterranean region have recently issued a statement on the ongoing military crisis in their region. Declaring their solidarity with refugees escaping from war and repression, they made a call to the international community to pursue peaceful solutions, rather than militarised ones, for the ongoing violence in the region. “The world's reaction to the current regional violence,” the statement declares, “should be building societies, assisting refugees, and mediating between fighting parties, not selling arms, bombings and providing military assistance.”


Statement of conscientious objectors’ groups from eastern Mediterranean region

We are conscientious objectors from all around the eastern Mediterranean region. Our region has suffered for so long from oppression, injustice, militarisation, military occupations and wars, as well as poverty, illiteracy, hunger and lack of social infrastructure. In this difficult period, when our region seems to fall even more into the chaos of war, we raise a common voice for peace and against militarisation.

We refuse to allow this cycle of violence, initiated by oppressive states and economic interests, to continue; we refuse to be a part of it; we refuse to be enemies with people who just happen to be of a different nationality or religion; we will not be dragged into their wars and armies leading to death and destruction in the region.

Nuri Sılay - My Conscientious Objection

  • Chypre

As an individual of 32 years of age, I lead my life taking responsibility for all my decisions. Such a conception of life, though, places on us certain conscientious duties; I draw up the following text in an attempt to share with you my new duty.

I would like to begin by stating my sense of shame of the fact that, in 2016, still, the very basic human right to freedom of thought and conscience and the right to lead a life according one’s beliefs in are not safeguarded on these lands.

I was born in Varosa/Maras on the 21st May of 1983.

TRNC did not exist at my birth.

Nuri Sılay

  • Chypre
Activist type:
  • objecteur/trice de conscience
  • Declared objector

We won’t fit in your binaries, so let go of your borders and armies

The Faq statement on the demilitarisation of Nicosia, Cyprus. Faq is a feminist anarchoqueer group based in Cyprus.

9 December 2014: Solidarity with Haluk Selam Tufanlı: events in Athens, Istanbul, Nicossia, London

Conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanlı has been imprisoned in northern Cyprus for refusing to undertake reserve military service. International actions were held on Tuesday 9th December 2014, in Athens, Istanbul, Nicossia and London.


You can also protest in writing to the authorities in Northern Cyprus. Find all the details here (including an email alert): NORTHERN CYPRUS: Haluk Selam Tufanlı imprisoned

Haluk Selam Tufanlı

Start of detention:
  • 4 Dec 2014
End of detention:
  • 13 Dec 2014
  • Chypre
  • 10 days imprisonment for refusing annual reserve military service.

NORTHERN CYPRUS: Haluk Selam Tufanlı imprisoned

  • Chypre

Haluk Selam Tufanlı is taken to prisonHaluk Selam Tufanlı is taken to prisonFollowing our CO Alert earlier today, conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanlı was imprisoned this afternoon for 10 days.

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NORTHERN CYPRUS: verdict for Haluk Selam Tufanlı to be announced today

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Haluk Selam Tufanlı at a press conferenceHaluk Selam Tufanlı at a press conferenceA military court in Northern Cyprus will announce its decision later today in the case against conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanli. Please write to demand that Haluk does not face punishment, and that he is not judged by a military court.

Conscientious Objector Haluk Selam Tufanlı

  • Chypre
Not sent after:
  • 4 Dec 2014
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Turkish Cypriot leader Derviş Eroğlu). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Conscientious Objector Haluk Selam Tufanlı

Dear Derviş Eroğlu,

Conscientious Objector Haluk Selam Tufanli refused to participate in the reservist call up in 2011. A trial was begun against him on 5th November 2013, and has been repeatedly postponed. The announcement of the court's decision will be given today. Other conscientious objectors in this scenario have been faced with a fine.

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