Welcome to CO-Update no 6. This issue has a focus on Iraq war resisters - George Solomou from Britain, who announced his refusal to deploy to Iraq publicly on 19 January, and the growing number of US conscientious objectors - an attempt to keep track of those who came out in public.
George Solomou (see picture left), a 38-year-old soldier with the British Territorial Army, announced on 19 January 2005 that he will refuse to deploy to Iraq if called up to do so. Prior to his press conference, Solomou, who had completed his military service in Cyprus for the Greek Army before moving to Britain, talked to Peace News:
Serbian men of draft age living abroad are trying to organise for an amnesty, so that they can return to their country. According to the Serbian Ministry of Diaspora, about 150,000 people living abroad do not return or visit Serbia for fear of getting arrested at the border and/or taken to military barracks, as they had left the country without reporting for military service.
Source: Email from a Serbian diaspora draft age man known to War Resisters' International
War Resisters' International is trying to put together a list of known US war resisters. From several sources, War Resisters' International was so far able to gather a bit of information, but this is surely just a snapshot. The list is in alphabetical order.