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War resisters

The courage to resist

There is no conscription in the United States: people in the military who become conscientious objectors have to show they oppose all war and that they took this view only after joining th

Historic sentence for Turkish CO

On 10 August, gay Turkish conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment on two charges of insubordination.

Hunger strike over

On 21 June, Turkish conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan ended his hunger strike: after 28 days, the prison authorities agreed to his conditions of equal treatment.

British recognition of CO spreads

Ceremonies to mark International COs' Day on 15 May are becoming more widespread in Britain, having taken place in at least seven cities this year.

End the persecution!

On 15 May -- International Conscientious Objectors' Day -- activists from more than 10 countries (Bosnia-Hercegovina, Britain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Israel,Macedonia, Spain,

Greek COs say NO to militarism

In Greece today, militarism manifests itself most visibly in the tens of thousands of young men who every year are obliged to perform compulsory military service.

Turkey: Gay CO arrested

Mehmet Tarhan, a gay activist, anarchist, and declared conscientious objector, was arrested on 8 April and taken to “his” military unit in Tokat in eastern Turkey by force.

A Festival for Deserters in Moscow

In Russia, 23 February is traditionally the “Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland” — converted from the Soviet “Red Army Day”.

Lars G Petersson, 'Broken Oath'

Pen Press Publishers 2004; ISBN 1 9047 5412 0


CO Briefs

US army deserters

The US army is facing strong criticism from within its own ranks over the war in Iraq.