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Israel: Conscientious objectors Tair Kaminer and Tanya Golan imprisoned

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  • Israel
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Refusers Tair Kaminer and Tanya Golan have been imprisoned in Israel.

Tair Kaminer has already spent 20 days in a military prison in Israel for refusing to serve in the army. This sentence has now been repeated. Joining her this time is another conscientious objector, Tanya Golan who was inspired by Tair's campaign.

Send a protest email to the Israeli authorities here.

Background

Tanya Golan, says that "I refuse to take part in a racist, fascist, discriminatory and oppressive organization...Using your voice, in any situation, is great help, and I invite everyone who has a voice to use it. Plainly, bad things happen when good people do nothing."

Read her full declaration here.

In a decision from January 2007, the United Nations Human Rights Committee recognised the right to conscientious objection as a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as guaranteed by Article 18 ICCPR. Repeated imprisonment is a violation of international legal standards. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in Opinion 24/2003 on Israel came to the conclusion that the repeated imprisonment of conscientious objectors in Israel is arbitrary, and therefore it constitutes a violation of 14 par 7 of the ICCPR, of which Israel is a signatory.

Solidarity

As well as filling in our email alert, you can send emails of support to Tair and Tanya. Write to mesarvot.im@gmail.com, and messages will be passed on to both of them.

You can also write to Israel's embassies abroad. Find a list of these here.

War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of all conscientious objectors.