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CO recognised in part of Kurdish Syrian region of Rojava

We previously reported in CO Update that conscription had begun in Rojava, a de facto autonomous Kurdish region in Syria. Now, the government of Cizre canton has recognised the right to conscientious objection.

Lithuania: conscription may become permanent

Having reintroduced conscription temporarily (for a span of five years) last year, the State Defence Council decided in March that mandatory military service would be enacted indefinitely. The council's decision now have to be approved at the Seimas, the country's parliament. Conscription had been abolished in 2008, but was reintroduced - and defence spending also increased - citing security threats in Eastern Europe.

Statement in solidarity with the conscientious objectors of Bolivia by ANOOC, Colombia

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Original statement in Spanish

This year on the 22nd of March, the Bolivian Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal (PCT) rejected the right of conscientious objection as an alternative to its obligatory military service. This has occurred in spite of the generally agreed-upon right to constitutional protection, brought to attention by 18-year-old objector Ignacio Orías Calvo, who claimed refuge under this fundamental right based on his religious beliefs.

This decision would not seem to follow the same logic of a government fostered by a constitution which, at least on paper, affirms that “Bolivia is a pacifist state, which promotes the Right to Peaceful Solutions and a Peaceful culture”. In actuality, what would appear to be a contradiction fits neatly within the patriarchal and militaristic confines that have characterized the Movement for Socialism of Bolivia (MAS), ever since its army first took root in the country. 

Rumours of conscription: Bulgaria, Iraq, North Korea

There are often rumours of conscription in times of political tension, or when right-wing spokespeople raise fears of the 'indiscipline of youth'. Such rumours often circulate without impact, but sometimes they are the start of a wider campaign and eventual reintroduction of compulsory military service.

José Miguel Orías: sentencia constitucional plurinacional

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SENTENCIA CONSTITUCIONAL PLURINACIONAL 0265/2016-S2Sucre, 23 de marzo de 2016

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Tair Kaminer

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 27 Mar 2016
End of detention:
  • 15 Apr 2016
Land:
  • Israel
Beschreibung:
  • Fourth detention for refusing military service.

Dieses Land gehört uns nicht

"Dieses Land gehört uns nicht.

Editorial

Compulsory recruitment to the military affects different people and groups in different ways. This month we share the story of transwomen in Thailand. In many countries where men are drafted, trans* women1 are also recruited.