Conscientious Objection

Ukrainian pacifist and objector Ruslan Kotsaba on trial again

In Ukraine, a trial against Ukrainian journalist, pacifist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kostaba will be held on Tuesday 19 July 2022, simply because he publicly expressed his pacifist views. The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), War Resisters’ International (WRI), the…

Conscientious Objection to Military Taxation

According to the National Priorities Project, about 25% of our tax dollars go to the Pentagon to finance the men, women, and weaponry that enables the United States military to fight its wars in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and elsewhere.…

Broad civil society alliance calls for protection/asylum for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

In a joint appeal to members of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a broad civil society alliance from 20 countries has called on the European governments to grant protection and asylum to Russian and…

Conscientious Objection: A Right and a Duty

I want to recommend a new film and a new book. The film is called The Boys Who Said NO! There’s more courage and moral integrity in this documentary than in any fictional blockbuster. With the wars now underway and threatened being…

Women who Build the Future: Alexia Tsouni

Started on March 8, International Women’s Day, Pressenza is publishing a series of video interviews entitled “Women who build the future, Towards a nonviolent culture ”. In this interview Marianella Kloka speaks with Alexia Tsouni from Greece. Alexia is an activist…

Difficult Pass for Tayfun Gönül and Vedat Zencir Conscientious Objectors In Turkey

By Ercan Jan Aktaş In 1989, for the first time in Turkey, Tayfun Gönül and Vedat Zencir announced their conscientious objection through a campaign conducted by Sokak Magazine. Both were charged with the offense of “alienating people from military service”…

Love Letter From Kabul to Okinawa, the Outrageous Abolition of War

By Dr Hakim* I decided to write this ninth love letter specially to Inaam, the 21st century generations of the world and the people of Okinawa because of three personal reasons. I miss having the wonderful energies of 15-year-old Inaam…

Statement of conscientious objectors’ groups from the Eastern Mediterranean region

Pressenza republishes this statement published on the “No to Compulsory Military Service Movement” website. We are conscientious objectors from all around the eastern Mediterranean region. Our region has suffered for so long from oppression, injustice, militarisation, military occupations and wars,…

Ali Fikri Isik, Kurdish conscientious objector, appeals 25-month sentence

The court rejected 56-year old conscientious objector Ali Fikri Isik’s demand for a change of judge. Ali Fikri was asked whether he wanted to change his plea but he reiterated what he had said in the previous courts – that…