Refusing to kill is not a crime
Stop persecuting conscientious objectors and refusers
of Action, Tuesday 5 June 2007
Syntagma Square, Athens, 4 June, 7pm
Parliament building, Dublin, 5 June, 4.30-6pm
Italy: Leafleting -
Ponte della Stazione, Venice, 5 June,11-12
Letter campaign to Council of Europe representatives, Barcelona
Picket - Parliament Square, London 5 June, 12-2pm
Armed Forces Recruitment Center
(Broad & Cherry Sts.),
Philadelphia,5 June, 12–1pm
Mann’s Chinese Theater,
Los Angeles, 5 June, noon-1pm
Galatasaray Meydanı, İstanbul,
Soldiers – women and men – who refuse to
kill, maim, rape and torture are being jailed, assaulted and forced
underground. Whether you refuse to be conscripted or go to war as part
of a professional army, you have the right and the duty to obey your
conscience rather than military orders. With supporters and campaigns,
so often organised by women, more and more of us are determined not to
be commanded into killing.
Osman Murat Ülke has been repeatedly convicted
and jailed (for a total of 701 days) for refusing to
be conscripted into the Turkish army. In January 2006, the
European Court of Human Rights found Turkey guilty of condemning
him to a “civil death”. They awarded Mr Ülke 10,000 euros
damages and urged Turkey to introduce legislation recognising
conscientious objection. Turkey has changed nothing. On 5
June, the Council of Europe* will discuss how to bring
it into compliance. Mr
Ülke is not the only one facing such persecution.
We demand the severest sanctions against Turkey and all States
that persecute refuseniks and conscientious objectors.
repeatedly since 1993. Now in detention for another 21 months.
Convicted five times for a total
days – exempted from the army
constant threat of arrest especially when called up every two
Court-martial ended in a mistrial. Threat of a new trial in
Jailed 8 months – is “property of the army” & under threat of
tortured for 11 months. Now a “deserter” under threat of arrest.
We call especially on anti-war
organisations to recognise the contribution of COs and other refusers to
the anti-war movement and to organise or join actions on or around the 5th
of June 2007 to demand recognition of their right to refuse to kill and
to CO status, and an end to their persecution.
Join our action or
organise your own.
Write to your country
representatives on the Council of Europe
US and Canada who are observers at the Council (http://www.coe.int/T/CM/MFA_en.asp).
Please cc Payday, we’ll forward to MEPs.
*The Council of
Europe aims to establish common principles based on the European
Convention on Human Rights (see CoE Statute, Article 1). It has 47
member countries, including Turkey. The US and Canada are observers at
Day of Action called by
Association of Greek
Conscientious Objectors www.antirrisies.gr
Global Women’s Strike
Payday men’s network (UK and US)
For information, call +44 (0)20 7209 4751
Decision of the
Council of Europe