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Turkey: CO sentenced to 15 months and temporary conscription buy-out introduced

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A military court in the Central Anatolian province of Sivas has sentenced conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan, to 15 months in jail. The verdict was transformed to a fine of 9,000 Turkish Liras, for “failing to obey orders.” Mehmet is appealing the verdict Mehmet's struggle against the Turkish military has been running for over a decade.

The verdict disregards a previous ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in which they found on a violation of article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights, and in addition of article 3 (prohibition of torture or inhuman treatment) of the Convention. The Court ruled that the heavy criminal sanctions imposed on those who did not comply with compulsory military service did not strike a proper balance between the general interest of society and that of conscientious objectors.

Briefing paper for the Universal Periodic Review: Turkey

3rd December 2014

For enquiries please contact Ms. Hülya Uçpinar  or Mr. Davut Erkan (c/o info@wri-irg.org)

Turkey is the last country in the Council of Europe area to recognise conscientious objection to military service. Conscientious objectors face the possibility of a life-long cycle of prosecutions and imprisonment, and a situation of “civil death” which excludes them from the normal social, cultural and economic life.

TURKEY: Ali Fikri Işık on trial this afternoon - more info and email alert

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  • Türkei
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UPDATE 28 October: the trial has been postponed, please continue to send the protest email until the new trial date - 5 November: send a protest email here.

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TÜRKEI: Ali Fikri Işık ist kein Deserteur, sondern ein Kriegsdienstverweigerer

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BITTE UM UNTERSTÜTZUNGSSCHREIBEN PER FAX spätestens bis morgen, Mittwoch, 22. Oktober, 14.30 Uhr

Fax: Conscientious objector Ali Fikri Işık on trial

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Please note that there are many websites that can send texts online, so it is not necessary to have a fax machine yourself.

TO THE 5TH ARMY CORPS MİLİTARY COURT JUDGESHIP

ÇORLU – TEKİRDAĞ

SUBJECT: Conscientious objector on trial Ali Fikri Işık

Your Honour,

Ali Fikri Işık, who is on trial based on three charges in two trials at your court and in which you will probably announce the verdict on October 22, is a conscientious objector. Since his very first trial session he has repeatedly stated that he is a conscientious objector. Furthermore, he is also a founding member of the Conscientious Objectors Association, where he is currently a member of board.

Okan Kale

Land:
  • Türkei
Activist type:
  • Kriegsdienstverweigerer/in
Status:
  • Declared objector


Mustafa Hizyolu

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  • Türkei

Ben 46726075434 kimlik numaralı, Mustafa Hizyolu. T.C devlet sisteminin her erkek vatandaşına zorunlu olarak kıldığı ”Vatani görev ” ya da başka bir değiş ile ASKERLİK GÖREVİ’ni ne şekilde olursa olsun RED EDİYORUM!.. Ben kimseyi hak ve özgürlüğü için yaptığı direniş veya gösteriler sırasında öldürmek istemediğim ve zarar vermek istemediğimden dolayı REDDİMİ AÇIKLIYORUM…

Mustafa Hizyolu

Land:
  • Türkei
Activist type:
  • Kriegsdienstverweigerer/in
Status:
  • Declared objector


Statement from new WRI affiliate: Conscientious Objection Association: We have neither a second nor a life to give to war!

WRI has welcomed VİCDANİ RET DERNEĞİ (VR-DER) -  the Conscientious Objection Association in Turkey - as an associate member.

You can find their details on the list of affiliates here.

This weekend VR-DER issued the below statement, on the situation in Kobane, and the Turkish government's response to ISIS

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Conscientious Objection Association: We have neither a second nor a life to give to war!

The authorities initiated a “peace process” after the Turkish state and military conducted a thirty-year-old war which left thousands of casualties. The process was conceptualized as a step towards constructive dialogue with the Kurdish movement. However, the state did not abandon its long lived habit of providing peace with its arms, tanks and bombs. Families lost their children and funerals never stopped although a ceasefire was announced and armed groups left the Turkish borders.

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