War Resisters' International, together with Connection e.V. and Union Pacifiste de France, released a new publication, Conscientious Objection in Turkey.
The booklet, published in English, Turkish, French and German, includes articles on the situation of conscientious objectors (COs) in Turkey, the history of conscientious objection movement in the country, as well as the experiences of COs from Turkey who sought asylum in other countries.
You can download its English edition here. For other languages, see below.
Conscientious Objection in Turkey
In Turkey, the first conscientious objectors publicly declared their objections in the early 1990s and stood up against war, the military and compulsory service. In the meantime, far more than 1,000 conscripts have declared their conscientious objections. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands have evaded military service, using other ways or hiding. Faced with prosecution, several hundred have sought asylum abroad. By now Turkey is the only member state in the Council of Europe that has not recognised the right to conscientious objection to military service.
This booklet is published 30 years after the first public declarations of conscientious objection. It takes stock, describes the solidarity work for the conscientious objection movement from abroad and gives a voice to conscientious objectors, some of whom were active in Turkey for years and have now gone into exile.
The publication is published as part of our campaign for the International Conscientious Objection Day, 15th May. Find more information about events on May15th here.