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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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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.

War Resisters' International received information that detained Egyptian pacifist and conscientious objector will be tried at a military court tomorrow, 31 March, at 10am Cairo time, on charges of "insulting the military" and "obstructing public security". He was detained on 28 March late in the evening, and has been under investigation since (see co-alert, 30 March 2011). He will be represented by well-known human rights lawyer Nejad El-Boraee, but nevertheless it is to be feared that he will be sentenced to three years' imprisonment.

Update to press release from 29 March 2011 [1] and co-alert from 29 March 2011 [2]

War Resisters' International, the
international network of pacifist and antimilitarist organisations with
more than 80 affiliates in more than 40 countries, is concerned about
the arrest of Egyptian pacifist and conscientious objector Maikel Nabil
Sanad, 25, from Cairo [3].

War Resisters' International learnt today that Israeli conscientious objector Ajuad Zidan has been sentenced to a seventh (!) prison term, this time of 20 days, on 21 March 2011.

Since November 2010, when he was first sentenced to 10 days' imprisonment for refusal to enlist, he has been in and out of prison.

War Resisters' International learnt today that Israeli conscientious objector Ajuad Zidan has been sentenced to a sixth (!) prison term, this time of 30 days, on 27 February 2011.

Since November 2010, when he first sentenced 10 days' imprisonment for refusal to enlist, he has been in and out of prison.