After last month's CO-Update was much longer than usual, this month's No 59 pretty short. Our main article reports on a new campaign by WRI's Swiss section Group for a Switzerland without Army (GSoA) for a referendum to abolish conscription in the country. If successful, this would radically change the Swiss military, and in the long term roll back the militarisation of Swiss society.
War Resisters' International's Swiss section GSoA (Group for a Switzerland without Army) has launched a new campaign for a referendum to abolish conscription in Switzerland. The campaign is aimed at changing article 59 of the Swiss constitution, which is the legal basis for conscription in the country. According to the present version of paragraph 1 of the article, "Every Swiss man is required to do military service.
Today's Zaman reported on 31 August 2010 on plans for a reform of the Turkish military. The reform plans, which have been drawn up the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, clash with the ideas put forward by the Turkish government, including the Ministry of Defence.
On 16 August, the Jakarta Post reported on a new draft law on a national military reserve, which is presently being debated in the Indonesian parliament. It is not clear if this is in fact the same draft that had been presented in 2007 (see CO-Update No 34, November 2007). Back then, the proposed revision to the Reserve Forces Act (RUU Komponen Cadangan) put forward by the Department of Defence contained clauses that will make Army training or service compulsory (wajib militer, wamil) for all citizens aged 18-45.
The No-to-NATO-coalition organizes a manifestation, counter-conference and actions of civil disobedience. The official agenda contains approval of the new Strategic Concept, a decision on NATO's involvement in missile defence.
There are also discussion on actions of civil disobedience before or during the NATO summit.
Contact: War Resisters' International