Welcome to the August issue of the co-update e-newsletter, and it is a bit early. This issue of co-update goes beyond the narrow definition of conscientious objection - it includes an important court decision regarding selective refusal of orders from Germany, and an unfortunately negative decision regarding war tax resistance from Britain.
At a seminar in Plovdiv in Bulgaria, organised by Youth Society for Peace and Development on the Balkans (YSPDB) on behalf of EBCO, YSPDB presented a survey on the situation regarding conscientious objection in Bulgaria. The survey had been done in 2004, and the total sample was 1265 interviewees. Here we present some of the results:
On 27 June, German Minister of Defence Peter Struck came up with a new proposal to fight unemployment, and to "outsource" certain military needs: unemployed can be used as actors in military exercises. He made the suggestion when visiting a German military training base, observing a military exercise: the searching of Kosovars at a checkpoint. In such exercises, up to 400 soldiers of the German military are needed to play "civilians" - a role, for which no military training is needed, and which could easily be filled out by some of the 4.75 million unemployed in Germany.
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