Welcome to CO-Update No 8. One focus of this issue is War Resisters' International's work at different United Nations bodies - on Eritrea at the Commission for Human Rights, and on Greece at the Human Rights Committee. While this newsletter "goes to press", Abraham Gebreyseus Mehreteab from the Eritrean Anti-Militarism Initiative will be addressing the Commission for Human Rights on WRI's behalf, and earlier in March Kat Barton presented WRI's report on conscientious objection in Greece to the Human Rights Committee, meeting in New York. The reports on the discussion within the Human Rights Committee are encouraging, and we are now waiting for the Committee's recommendation regarding conscientious objection in Greece. At the same, there is - for a change - good news from Greece.
Preparations for War Resisters' International's seminar on "Peace in North-East Asia" (26-29 June) in Seoul, Korea, are well under way, and you can now register online if you want to participate. On the website, you can also find a draft programme and some practical information on the seminar, and on visiting Korea in general.
The next important event related to our campaign on conscientious objection in Greece is International Conscientious Objectors' Day - May 15th - and please let us know what you are planning for the day, or take part in the international seminar, nonviolent training, and action in Thessaloniki (see below).