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CO Yannis Vasilis Yaylali sentenced to seven months for "alienating people from military service"

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Yannis Vasilis YaylaliYannis Vasilis YaylaliOn 6 January 2016, conscientious objector Yannis Vasilis Yaylali was sentenced to 7 months and 15 days of prison penalty, for his articles that defend conscientious objection and oppose the war going on in Kurdish regions. The custodial sentence can only begin after the decision of court of appeal, so he is not in prison yet. He was found guilty of flouting the infamous Article 318 of the Turkish penal code: alienating people from military service. He has two more prosecutions with the same accusation.

Yannis made a statement after the decision:

"Article 318 was rarely used in the last years, until the war began again last year. The state is increasing its pressure to all war resisters, anti-militarists and conscientious objectors in the times of war. They're trying to silence us but we won't give in."

Llamamiento Urgente de Organizaciones de Derechos Humanos De Turquia a la Communidad Internacional

Mit der Aussetzung der Friedensgespräche begann die Regierung der Türkei Mitte August eine Sicherheitspolitik in Kraft zu setzen, die unrechtmäßig grundlegende Rechte und Freiheiten in den Städten beschneidet, die vorwiegend von KurdInnen bewohnt sind. 

Yannis Vasilis Yaylali

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


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Photo: BianetPhoto: BianetConscientious Objector Mehmet Tarhan was detained in Aydın province and then was released on probation. Tarhan commented: “Civil death started for me.”

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Tarhan was taken to prosecution and then to recruiting office in Aydın province in Aegean Region of Turkey:

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