Conscientious objector Suzanne Swift.
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Dear Mr President George W. Bush
I am very concerned about the recent arrest of US conscientious objector Suzanne Swift. On 10 June, she was arrested at her home, after she refused to deploy to Iraq.
The United States recognises the human right to conscientious objection in principle, but in practice many conscientious objectors are denied to exercise their right, and are sentenced by military courts instead. This in practice is a violation of their human right to conscientious objection.
Suzanne Swift did not apply for conscientious objection, but she clearly objects to the war in Iraq, based on her experience during her first tour of duty. Her arrest, and possible charge with desertion, is a violation of her human rights.
I therefore urge you to recognise the right to conscientious objection also in practive, and to immediately release Suzanne swift and all imprisoned conscientious objectors. I urge you to respect human rights.