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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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Imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who was sentenced to two years' imprisonment by a military court on 14 December 2011 following a re-trial, escalated his hunger strike on 18 December after more than 115 days. Previously, he had been drinking fruit juice with dairy, but since 18 December, he is only drinking water. With his hunger strike, he is demanding his release from prison.

In the case of imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, the military court on 13 November again adjourned the trial, this time until 27 November, to wait for the report of the internet service provider. At the hearing on 13 November, none of the witnesses called on 1 November showed up. Meanwhile, Maikel Nabil Sanad passed the 80th day of his hunger strike, surviving on fruit and dairy juices.

War Resisters' International is extremely concerned about the life of imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad. Although the military appeal court declared the initial sentence of three years' imprisonment void, and ordered a re-trial of the blogger, who has been on hunger strike since 23 August, the court did not order his release pending re-trial.

A military court in Portsmouth sentenced British conscientious objector Michael Lyons to seven months' detention today, following a two-day trial.

Michael Lyons joined the Royal Navy as a medic in 2005, and in May 2010 he was notified that he would be deployed to Afghanistan later that year. Soon after, he applied for discharge as a conscientious objector, as he had developed a conscientious objection to participating in the war in Afghanistan in particular, and against war in general.

War Resisters' International has been informed that Turkish conscientious objector İnan Suver started a hunger strike following his re-arrest in Izmir on 22 April 2011.

İnan Suver was serving three sentences for ‘desertion’ from military service at Manisa Saruhanlı prison.

İnan Suver was arrested on 5 August 2010, on an arrest warrant for outstanding sentences for desertion (see co-alert, 6 August 2010). He has been in custody in different prisons since.