6-11-2020 Op 23 november is er een webinar over het verzet tegen de gemilitariseerde politie in West-Papoea. Op 21 november is er een webinar over dienstweigering in Turkije. Beide webinars worden georganiseerd door War Resisters' International samen met organisaties in de betreffende landen.
Webinar: Resisting militarised policing in West Papua
Date: 23rd November 2020
Time: 9:30am UTC (10:30am CET, 17:30pm WITA, 18:30 WIT, 20:30 AEDT)
Adriana Sri Adhiati, TAPOL
Rosa Moiwend, Make West Papua Safe (MWPS) and a member of WRI's Council
Gustav Kawer, Human Rights Lawyers Association for Papua (PAHAM Papua)
Yohanes Douw, PAHAM Papua
Jason Macleod, MWPS
Zelda Grimshaw, MWPS
Platform: Zoom (we will also livestream on Facebook)
This webinar, hosted by War Resisters' International, Make West Papua Safe and TAPOL, will discuss militarised policing in West Papua, resistance to militarism, the network of international corporations and governments who actively train and arm the Indonesian National Police, why they do it, and how you can stand with West Papuans. Tune in to find out more, and become active in the largest growing and most powerful nonviolent resistance movement in Oceania, the liquid continent.
Webinar: Conscientious objection to military service in Turkey
Date and time: November 21, 2020, 2pm UTC (3pm CET, 5pm Turkish Time)
This autumn the Conscientious Objection Association (Vicdani Ret Derneği) in Istanbul has launched a new project. The association would like to start a campaign and lobby work to gather international support for pushing the human right to conscientious objection in Turkey. The project also includes research and documentation of the particularly difficult situation of draft evaders and conscientious objectors (COs).
In Turkey, the right to conscientious objection is not recognised and COs face a lifetime persecution, with repeated charges. Alongside hundreds of thousands of draft evaders, conscientious objectors face "civil death", which means they cannot work legally with social security, travel freely, vote in elections or stand for an office, as well as being charged with multiple fines for not attending the military. In other words, they are robbed off their civil rights. The situation hasn't changed despite multiple decisions by the European Court for Human Rights prosecuting Turkey for its treatment of COs.
We invite you to participate in a webinar where we will discuss:
- The general situation of conscientious objectors in Turkey today,
- The project of the Conscientious Objection Association,
- How to develop and strengthen the campaign for COs.
The last point is a question to you as well. Would it be possible to strengthen the campaign of the CO Association by organising online meetings with parliamentarians or other high level politicians in your country.