Prisoners for Peace/CO Database

War Resisters' International's database of prisoners for peace and conscientious objectors is part of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. It keeps track of known prisoners for peace and conscientious objectors, and allows supporters to access information on conscientious objectors. It is also linked to War Resisters' International's co-alert system.

Below is a list of activists currently in prison, followed by the latest additions to the database. Alternatively, you can search the activist database or the detention database.

Nonviolent activists and conscientious objectors currently in prison

Azerbaijan

16 Apr 2014

Forcibly conscripted on October 10, 2013. Sentenced in April 2014 to one year in a disciplinary unit of the military for his refusal of military service.

Was transferred to a disciplinary battalion in Salyan, Azerbaijan as of December 2014.

Sentenced for a second time to 1 year and 22 days in a punitive military battalion on 6 May 2015, and his appeal was refused.

30 Sep 2014 29 Mar 2017

Conscientious objector in Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally unrecognised entity. Although within Azerbaijan it is closely aligned with Armenia.

30 month prison sentence for refusing military service.

Eritrea

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

9 May 2001
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jun 2003
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2004
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

27 Dec 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2006
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2007
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2007
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. Imprisoned some time in 2007 - the exact date is not known.

26 Aug 2008
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

26 Aug 2008
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Mar 2009
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. Detained some time in March 2009.

13 May 2013
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

26 May 2014

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. However, he has not yet been charged with any offence.

Finland

30 Aug 2016 8 Dec 2016

Otto Absetz was sentenced to ”home detention” for 173 days already in March 2014. He was charged for "refusal of civilian service" (siviilipalveluksesta kieltäytyminen) and sentenced by Eastern Uusimaa district court (Itä-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus).

He started to serve his sentence in August 2014. However, the implementation of the sentence was interrupted by the prison authorities in November 2014 because he had ”breached the conditions of home detention”.

A new trial was held and Otto was sentenced to serve the undone part of the sentence (99 days) in prison, which he began on 30th August 2016.

Write to Otta at Ojoisten osasto Tampereentie 29 13600 Hämeenlinna Finland.

7 Sep 2016 16 Mar 2017

Mikael is a total objector who refused to do any conscription service because of his pacifist convictions. He opposes the Finnish military system which is based on a mass army created by conscription system and he sees the civilian service as punitive. Sentenced to home detention for 173 days.

Write c/o AKL, Peace Station, Veturitori, 00520 Helsinki, Finland

4 Oct 2016 26 Mar 2017

Sentenced to 173 days in prison for refusing military service.

Write to Risto at: Suomenlinna C 86, 00190 Helsinki

Korea, South

17 Dec 2014 17 Dec 2016
Busan Detention Center

Box 58 P.O. Sasangucheguk Sasang-gu Busan, 617-737

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

30 Jun 2015 29 Dec 2016
Uijeongbu prison

P.O. Box 99, Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea, 480-700

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

29 Mar 2016 28 Sep 2017

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Write c/o World Without War P.O. Box 03598, 3F, 57 Mangwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

29 Mar 2016 28 Sep 2017

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Write c/o World Without War P.O. Box 03598, 3F, 57 Mangwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

6 Apr 2016 5 Oct 2017
Yeoju Prison

Yeoju Prison
Yeoju P. O. Box 30
Yeoju-gun, Gyeonggi-do,
South Korea
469-800

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Singapore

2 Nov 2013 2 Feb 2017
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

11 May 2014 11 Aug 2017
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

11 May 2014 11 Aug 2017
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

Turkmenistan

18 Nov 2014
Seydi Labour Camp

Turkmenistan
746222 Lebap vilayet
Seydi
uchr. LB-K/12

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector.

He has not yet been tried (as of 3 November 2015).

United States of America

26 Apr 2000 26 Apr 2022
FMC Devens

FMC Devens, Federal Medical Center, P.O. Box 879, Ayer, MA 01432, USA

22 years for convictions resulting from providing humanitarian and financial aid to Iraqis in violation of U.S. sanctions.

15 May 2010 20 Aug 2048
Fort Leavenworth

1300 NORTH WAREHOUSE ROAD
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS 66027-2304

35 years imprisonment for espionage and theft, espionage and other charges.

Write to:
CHELSEA E. MANNING 89289
1300 NORTH WAREHOUSE ROAD
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS 66027-2304

1 Aug 2011 31 Aug 2018
SCI Dallas

SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd., Dallas, PA 18612, USA

Sentenced for third trespass at military recruiting office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Serving one to seven years - 31/08/2018 is the last release date.

Latest additions to Prisoners for Peace/CO database