5-12-2019 Op 23 oktober publiceerden Turkse dienstweigeraar in ballingschap een oproep om deelname aan de oorlog in het noorden van SyriŽ te weigeren. Ze zeggen: "Dit is een illegale oorlog in strijd met internationaal recht. Zij die tot de invasie besloten hebben en allen die er aan deelnemen of steun aan geven maken zich schuldig aan een misdaad tegen de menselijkheid!"
Connection e.V. today emphasized that this declaration is a particularly important voice against the war. "These conscientious objectors", Rudi Friedrich of Connection e.V. said today, "speak for many others who no longer dare in Turkey to publicly oppose the war. There, they face prosecution and imprisonment."
In their statement, conscientious objectors also called on the Turkish state "to recognise the right to conscientious objection". Despite repeated convictions by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Turkey doesn't recognise the human right to conscientious objection.Conscientious objectors are still facing repeated prosecution. Hundreds of thousands who, according to official sources, have evaded the draft live under the conditions of "civil death" as the ECtHR defined it. It is a life on the margins of society with the constant danger to be recruited.
"Given the policy of the Turkish government", added Rudi Friedrich, "any support of the regime must be halted. This must include the immediate stop of arms exports. But this also mean that persecuted critics of government policy, such as conscientious objectors and deserters, receive protection and asylum."
Today in Europe, conscientious objectors are often denied asylum despite the prosecution they would face in their home countries. In their statement, exiled conscientious objectors from Turkey also made a call to European countries "to protect conscientious objectors and military deserters who are, and will be, seeking asylum."