The Broken Rifle
The Broken Rifle is the newsletter of War Resisters' International, and is published in English, Spanish, French and German. This is issue 59, November 2003. This issue of The Broken Rifle was produced by Andreas Speck and Yongwook Yeong, with help from Jung-min Choi and many others, who provided the information used in this issue.
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WRI, as part of a coalition of CO support organisations, is hosting CONCODOC (CONscription and Conscientious Objection DOCumentation), a worldwide documentation on the situation of conscription and conscientious objection. It is the only one of its kind in the world. You can read all 180 CONCODOC country reports at wri-irg.org/co/rtba/; some reports are also available in Spanish.
The CONCODOC project depends on information which it receives from groups all over the world.
Conscription and Conscientious Objection Documentation (CONCODOC)
Support COs in prison: co-alerts In many countries, prison is still the fate of conscientious objectors. Thousands of COs are still in prisonin South Korea, Israel, Finland, Armenia, and many other countries. Despite many countries having introduced laws on conscientious objection, many COs still face imprisonment, because they either don't fit into the authorities' criteria, or they refuse to perform any alternative service. War Resisters' International supports conscientious objectors who are imprisoned because of their conscientious objection, or face repression by the state or state-like entities.
Co-alerts, sent out by email as soon as the WRI office receives information on the imprisonment or trial of a conscientious objector, are a powerful tool to mobilise support and protest. Co-alerts are available by email (to subscribe go to http://lists.wri-irg.org/sympa) or on the internet at wri-irg.org/news/alerts .
The WRI office also needs more information on imprisoned conscientious objectors from all over the world.