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Supporting Conscientious Objectors and Deserters in Times of War: an objector’s perspective

Return to Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Bojan Aleksov became an anti-war activist in 1991. Since 2007, he has been a lecturer in Balkan history at University College London. His very personal perspective on anti-war activism in the former Yugoslavia appeared as 'Resisting the Wars in the Former Yugoslavia: An Autoethnography' in Resisting the Evil: [Post-]Yugoslav Anti-War Contention. Here, he writes from the same personal perspective about how to support conscientious objectors and deserters in times of war.

Conscientious Objection (CO) was never going to be easy, certainly not in Serbia during the 1990s.

Throughout history, people have strived for peace and yet our past often looks like a succession of wars. It's one thing to want peace, another to achieve and maintain it. 'Others' are usually blamed for war and aggression, while we see ourselves or our people as victims. We claim that we are defending ourselves from these vicious 'others'. Even big powers and their more imperially inclined elites usually justify their wars as preventative, defensive, 'good' wars, while enemies are only after 'bad' wars. Indeed, the greatest achievement of modern times in preventing war, or limiting its disastrous consequences, has so far only been to set some rules of how to wage war, and some conventions on war crimes.

Objeción de conciencia: una estrategia

La objeción de conciencia es considerada más a menudo como un imperativo moral que como una estrategia. Sin embargo, en países con servicio militar obligatorio, existen diversas maneras de evitar o atrasar el servicio militar. Hay quien obtiene una dispensa médica. Otros huyen, emigran, eligen profesiones que les eximen del reclutamiento, o sobornan a funcionarios.

Attack on activists at the headquarters of Women in Black in Belgrade, Serbia

Author: Tanjug

Belgrade - The peace group Women in Black announced today that last night around 1:30 am, two young men invaded the organization's headquarters and with a hammer attacked men and women activists in the kitchen.

This incident took place just before the holding of the Pride Parade in Belgrade, which indicates that homophobia is the motive of the attackers, a statement declared.

Serbia: Government suspends military service duty

http://www.srbija.gov.rs/vesti/vest.php?id=69390

30 September 2010

Belgrade, 30 Sept 2010 – [...]

The government decided to suspend military service duty and sent this decision to the parliament for adoption. As of 1 January 2011, military service will be only for those who voluntarily want to be army members.

Defence reform yields excellent results

http://www.srbija.gov.rs/vesti/vest.php?id=69387

Serbia: El reclutamiento obligatorio acaba el 1 de enero de 2011

Serbia será el último país de la antigua Yugoslavia en abolir el reclutamiento obligatorio. Radio Srbija informó el pasado 16 de julio que a partir del 1 de enero de 2011 Serbia tendrá Fuerzas Armadas profesionales. Según la entrevista realizada al ministro de Defensa, Dragan Sutanovac, por Ekonom: East Magazine, está previsto tener un ejército profesional formado por 10.600 soldados y 2.000 plazas para aquellos que quieran servir voluntariamente. Según la información de Radio Srbija, hay alrededor de 8.000 solicitudes, de las cuales, 1.600 (20%) son mujeres.

Serbia: Asamblea Nacional aprueba nueva Ley de Amnistía.

El 23 de Marzo de 2010, la Asamblea Nacional Serbia aprobó una nueva Ley de Amnistía, la cual permitirá que muchos Serbios expatriados regresen al país sin temor a ser arrestados. De acuerdo con la ley, todos los ciudadanos que hayan evadido el servicio militar, o que voluntariamente hayan dejado el Ejército Serbio a partir del 18 de abril de 2006 y hasta que la ley entre en vigencia, serán beneficiados por la amnistía.

The continuity of the denial of the genocide in Srebrenica

On March the 30th, 2010. the Parliament of Serbia adopted the Declaration on condemning the crime in Srebrenica.

After a long debate in the Parliament, when we could hear fascist statements from the members of Radical party, Democratic party of Serbia and Serbian Progressive party, the members of the Parliament adopted the Declaration on condemning the crimes in Srebrenica.

Serbia: ¿El fin de servicio militar obligatorio?

Según un informe publicado en la web BalkanInsight.com, el Ministro de Defensa serbio, Dragan Sutanovac, ha anunciado que el servicio militar obligatorio sería eliminado y que el proceso de profesionalización del ejército serbio se culminaría el próximo año.

En una entrevista concedida al diario Blic, Sutanovac expresó su convicción de que el presidente del país, Boris Tadic, tendrá la disposición de suspender el servicio militar obligatorio, apoyando su decisión en un informe que le ha presentado el Ministerio de Defensa.

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