Conscientious Objection

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…