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. War Resisters' International itself practices war tax resistance, and will continue to do so after this court decision.
The War Resisters' International Council meeting, which took place in Seoul in South Korea from 30 June to 2 July, passed two resolutions related to conscientious objection:
- a statement on the situation regarding conscientious objection in Finland, and
- a statement on the situation of the imprisoned Turkish CO Mehmet Tarhan.
Both are available on the WRI website, and are not redistributed in this newsletter. Updated information on Mehmet Tarhan is available at http://wri-irg.org/co/turkcampaign-en.htm.