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27.12.2021 - VR-DER- Turkey: The report “Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Turkey- Ülke Group Cases Against Turkey”.

The Association for Conscientious Objection, together with four international organisations, informed the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the developments regarding conscientious objection in Turkey.

Brussels 15-1-2019 EBCO Press Release: Legalisation, not investigation for the right to conscientious objection in Turkey

"EBCO is extremely disturbed by the continuing harassment of the activists of the Turkish Association of Conscientious Objection VR-DER. We demand from the Turkish authorities to address the right to conscientious objection with legalisation, not with investigation.

Turkey, 11-1-2019 Investigation Against Association of Conscientious Objection

An investigation has been launched against the Association of Conscientious Objection (VR-DER) because of the posts shared on social media and the website.

Furkan Çelik, who owns the domain, and VR-DER Co-Chair attorney Gökhan Soysal deposed at the Prosecutor's Office yesterday (January 11).

Umut Fırat Süvarioğulları has to be free, Statement of VR-DER (Turkish Conscientious Objection Association)

16 October 2018

Umut Fırat Süvarioğulları has to be free! Statement of VR-DER (Turkish Conscientious Objection Association) calling for the release of conscientious objector Umut Firat after 25 years of incarceration.

Investigation to Merve Arkun - Co-Chairman of the Conscientious Objection Association - Press release of 8 June 2018

An investigation has been opened to our Co-chairman Merve Arkun, by Diyarbakır Office of the Chief Prosecution, due to the activities which were held on the 15th of May, The International Day for Consencious Objectors.
We had organised two-day activities on the 15th of May in 2016, and throughout the activities; we had organised a  press release and declarations of conscientious objection in front of Tahir Elçi city forest, with the title “We Do not Let Amed to Become a Garrison Town”.

VR-DER on the 1st Anniversary of Suruç Massacre

“I don’t want the people I love and care about to be a part of the dirty war the state is fighting. This war doesn’t only kill men, it kills women too. That is why I am declaring my conscientious objection.”
Polen Ünlü, 15 May 2012

“I will not die or kill for anybody and I will not be a soldier of anybody. For a world without wars, nations and borders, for freedom I am listening to my conscience and I refuse military service. Let’s destroy militarism before it destroys our lives.”
Alper Sapan, 15 May 2014

Nuri Silay - Conscientious Objection Declared in Cyprus (28 January 2016)

Declaration written by Nuri Sılay who is the 17th conscientious objector so far in Cyprus-north.

My Conscientious Objection

As an individual of 32 years of age, I lead my life taking responsibility for all my decisions. Such a conception of life, though, places on us certain conscientious duties; I draw up the following text in an attempt to share with you my new duty.

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