9-7-2021 War Resisters' International heeft, samen met Connection e.V. en Union Pacifiste de France, een brochure uitgebracht over dienstweigering in Turkije. Het boekje bevat artikelen over de situatie van dienstweigeraars in Turkije, de geschiedenis van de dienstweigerbeweging in het land, alsmede de ervaringen van dienstweigeraars uit Turkije die in andere landen asiel hebben gezocht.
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.