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The CO-Alert email list is specifically for alerts in cases of conscientious objection or antimilitarist action. CO-Alerts are sent out by email as soon as the WRI office receives information on the imprisonment or trial of a conscientious objector, are a powerful tool to mobilise support and protest. We provide an email contact form, so you can quickly and simply contact the authorities, in support of a nonviolent activist who is facing repression.

In many countries, prison is still the fate of conscientious objectors (COs). Thousands of COs are still in prison -- in South Korea, Israel, Finland, Colombia, and many other countries. Despite many countries having introduced laws on conscientious objection, many COs still face imprisonment, because they either don't fit into the authorities' criteria, or they refuse to perform any substitute service. War Resisters' International supports conscientious objectors who are imprisoned because of their conscientious objection, or face repression by the state or state-like entities.

If you have information about a CO who is facing persecution, a CO-Alert may be a good tool for you to use in their support. Read our 'Guidelines for making use of WRI's email alert system for conscientious objectors', and get in touch with us.

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Finnish conscientious objector Henri Sulku began a sentence of 173 days 'home detention' on Monday 6th October. Henri was sentenced on 24 June by Eastern Uusimaa district court (Itä-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus) for "refusal of civilian service" (siviilipalveluksesta kieltäytyminen).

Send a protest email here.

Udi Segal and Uriel Ferera were reimprisoned on 29th September, both in Israel's Military Prison No. 6. This is Udi's fourth and Uriel's eighth imprisonment.

Send a protest email to the Israeli authorities here.

On 8th June Uriel Ferera, a 19 year old conscientious objector in Israel, was imprisoned for 20 days for refusing military service. This is his third imprisonment.

Send a protest email to the Israeli authorities here.

'We will not take part in occupation'

Omar Saad, a Druze conscientious objector in Israel, was imprisoned on 13th April for 40 days. This is his seventh imprisonment so far for his refusal to join the armed forces.

Send a protest email here.

Previous prison sentences have been for 20 days. This one is twice that. Omar has now been in prison for over 100 days in total.

Pavel Paymov, a 23-year old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector from Ashgabad, Turkmenistan's capital, has been sentenced to one year's imprisonment at Ashgabad's Rukhabad District Court.

You can send a protest email here.

Background information

Three weeks ago Murat Kanatli hosted a group of thirty activists from around the Eastern Mediterranean region who gathered in Nicosia for a meeting of conscientious objector and war resister movements in the Eastern Mediterranean. Today he has been imprisoned for his refusal to take part in the annual compulsory military service exercises.

Kamran Shikhaliyev, a conscientious objector in Azerbaijan, is on trial this morning in Jalilabad Military Court in southern Azerbaijan, charged with "fraudulently evading military service". He faces up to two years in a military disciplinary prison if convicted.

You can send a protest email here.

Background

Omar Saad, a conscientious objector in Israel, was imprisoned on 4th February for 20 days. This is his fourth imprisonment so far for his refusal to join the armed forces.

You can send a protest email here.

'I will not be a soldier in your army'