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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.

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War Resisters' International was informed by the Germany based Campaign Against Conscription, Forced Labour and Military, that Malik Sharif, 19, was arrested on 3rd November, when he presented himself at the military barracks in Breitenburg. Malik Sharif was arrested, because he refused to obey to any orders. Some time today a decision will be made about his arrest.

War Resisters' International was informed today that Leonid Kressner's father was notified yesterday by a military liaison officer that the family visit that Leonid Kressner was supposed to receive later on this week is cancelled. The official reason for cancellation was that Leonid Kressner did not stand at attention when ordered to. This is considered a disciplinary offence, and denying family visits is one of the possible punishments for this.

Like all prisoners in the isolation ward, Leonid Kressner is also denied the possibility to call his family.

Conscientious objector Eran Razgour was imprisoned on 28 October 2001, and sentenced to 42 days imprisonment. This unusually long sentence is made up of a 14 day sentence given to Eran Razgour on the day of arrest, and an activated suspended sentence of 28 days in prison given to him three days earlier.

Dear friends, CO Leonid Kressner was transferred several days ago to Military Prison No. 6. His new prison Address is:

Leonid Kressner Military ID 7156547 Military Prison No. 6, Military postal number 03734, IDF Israel.

Please remember to send copies of protest letters on Leonid's behalf (preferably by fax) to the commander of his new prison, i.e. to:

Commander of Military Prison No. 6, Military Prison No. 6, Military postal number 03734, IDF Israel.

ISRAEL: update on COs

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CO LEONID KRESSNER (ISR11598)

Leonid Kressner is no longer on hunger strike. He continues to refuse wearing uniform and is still held in the isolation ward. He was reported to be in good spirit.

Yesterday Sergeiy Sandler from New Profile received a detailed letter that Leonid sent out before going to prison. The letter contained a more detailed and precise account of the history of Leonid's case.

New Profile, movement for the demilitarisation of Israeli society, informed War Resisters' International today about two new arrests of conscientious objectors.

Leonid Kressner (ISR11598), an 18-year-old pacifist CO, reported at Military Prison No 6 on Monday, and was transferred to Military Prison No 4 on Tuesday, where he now is held in the isolation ward, because he refuses to wear the military uniform. Yair Halper (ISR11599), also 18, was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment and was also transferred to the isolation ward of Military Prison No.

Today the Israeli group New Profile informed War Resisters' International that a CO who was unknown up to now is imprisoned in Military Prison No 6. Daniel (familiy name unknown), either 20 or 21 years old, is the first immigrant from Ethiopia imprisoned for overt conscientious objection.

War Resisters' International learned today that the Israeli conscientious objector N.N. will start serving his 11 days sentence of confinement to military base today. N.N. was originally sentenced to 14 days imprisonment, but was pressured to appeal against this sentence by his military reserve unit. The appeal was accepted and the sentence was commuted to 11 days of confinement to base.

N.N. (38) was called up to perform reserves service in the Occupied Territories and refused, however he in fact objects to military service altogether.

War Resisters' International learned today from Keston News Service that Gevork Palyan, a Jehovah's Witness and conscientious objector, was sentenced to one year imprisonment on 12 September 2001, for refusing military service on religious grounds.

Gevork Palyan is the latest in a long line of conscientious objectors to face imprisonment in Armenia under Art. 75 of the Criminal Code (refusal to perform military service). An amnesty this summer has seen many of them freed, although some remain in prison, and new sentences are likely.

Dear Friends,

CO Rotem Mor has been transferred to Military Prison No. 6 in Athlit. His new address in prison is:

Rotem Dan Mor, Military ID Number 7046397, Military Prison 6, Military Postal Code 03734, IDF, Israel

Please write your letters of support for Rotem (preferably on postcards) to this address. Also, please send copies of your letters of protest on Rotem's behalf to the prison commander (preferably by fax):

Commander of Military Prison No. 6, Military Prison No. 6, Military postal number 03734, IDF Israel. FAX: +972-4-869-28-84

War Resisters' International learned today that the Israeli conscientious objector Ariel Levin was released from Military Prison No 6 yesterday, after serving a 28 day sentence, but ordered to report at the induction base on the same day, where he was sentenced to further 28 days of imprisonment following his refusal to being recruited.

Ariel Levin was first imprisoned on 12 August 2001, when he reported at the induction base. He was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment, and was imprisoned in Military Prison No 4.

In Israel, two conscientious objectors were imprisoned today. CO Rotem Dan Mor (ISR11391), who served in the army since 15 February 2000 as part of his mandatory three year service, declared himself a conscentious objector a while ago and was sentenced today for 28 days imprisonment for disobeying orders (he refused to wear a uniform when ordered to do so) and an additional 28 days suspended sentence for absence without leave, although he in fact was given leave by his commander. In a statement Rotem Dan Mor writes: "I have long questioned the sincerety of my army service.