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Amnesty International Public Statement on conscientious objection

Right to conscientious objection still not guaranteed in Europe

Amnesty International, marking the International Conscientious Objectors Day, renews its call on all states to recognise the right to conscientious objection to military service. Nearly two years ago the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that states must respect the right to conscientious objection as part of their obligation to respect the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, bringing European law in line with international human rights standards.

Turkey falling short on conscientious objection says EU Commissioner

The Turkish government has been criticised by an EU Commissioner for omitting conscientious objection reform from its package of reforms designed to align Turkish legislation with the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.

European Commissioner Stefan Füle said on April 12th, “While I understand the focus of the Fourth Judicial Reform package is on compliance with European Court of Human Rights rulings, I note with regret the omission of conscientious objection in the package”.

2 - 18 May, London: COnscription - an exhibition

A multimedia installation, by Caglar Kimyoncu, inspired by stories from Turkey exploring the call-up to military service for people who don’t ‘fit the mould’.

COnscription is the first project in Conscientious Objectors, a series of collaborative research-based focusing on countries which use conscription and national service.

The installation will be exhibited in Istanbul in the autumn.

More info here.

In response to the conviction of Pinar Selek - from her lawyer

War Resisters' International have put out a statement condemning Pinar Selek's life sentence. You can read it here.

This letter comes from Yasemin Öz-Lawyer, International Spokesperson of Pınar Selek Support Committee

THE COURT ANNOUNCED ITS REASONING ON CONVICTION OF PINAR SELEK

Ali Fikri Işık

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 9 Jun 2012
End of detention:
  • 23 Nov 2012
Pays:
  • Turquie
Description:
  • First imprisonment for draft evasion. Ali Fikri Işık declared his conscientious objection whilst on trial in the military court.

TURKEY: Reimprisonment of conscientious objector Ali Fikri Işık

Activist:
Pays:
  • Turquie
Alert:

On 27th February, conscientious objector Ali Fikri Işık was sentenced to serve 1 year and 15 days in Edirne Military Prison for 'desertion'. Since 27th February, Ali Fikri Işık has been on hunger strike.

Isik has already served 4.5 months in Edirne Military Prison for 'draft evasion'. He declared his conscientious objection whilst on trial in the military court.

You can send a protest email here.

Background information

Release conscientious objector Ali Fikri Işık

Activist:
Pays:
  • Turquie
Not sent after:
  • 30 Apr 2013
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (President Abdullah Gül). 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).

Release conscientious objector Ali Fikri Işık

Dear Mr President Abdullah Gül,

I am concerned to hear about the imprisonment, on 27th February, of conscientious objector Ali Fikri Işık. He will serve 1 year and 15 days in Edirne Military Prison for 'desertion'. Since 27th February, Ali Fikri Işık has been on hunger strike.

Isik has already served 4.5 months in Edirne Military Prison for 'draft evasion'. He declared his conscientious objection whilst on trial in the military court.

Ali Fikri Işık

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 27 Feb 2013
End of detention:
  • 14 Mar 2014
Pays:
  • Turquie
Description:
  • Second detention. Sentenced to 1 year and 15 days for desertion.

Edirne Military Prison

Pays: 
Turquie
Detention centre address: 

Sukru Pasa Kislasi Askeri Cezaevi, Edirne/TURKEY

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