“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Arrangement for Gay Soldiers in Turkish Armed Forces? The new regulation sets forth “sexual identity and behavioral disorders” instead of “psychosexual disorders” of the former regulation and cancels Article 17. The article in question lists psychosexual disorders as “homosexuality, transvestism and others” and divides inconvenience for military service into two categories:Continue reading “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Arrangement for Gay Soldiers in Turkish Armed Forces?
Go to War Resisters International website post for details War Resisters International is gathering information on conscription and conscientious objection in Eritrea to submit to UNHRC.
“Conscientious objection to military service is a subtle concept. Broadly speaking, it arises when a serving or prospective member of the armed forces finds that their work cannot / could not be done in good conscience. When the claim of conscience is sufficiently powerful for the person to seek to remove themselves from their work, then a conscientious objectionContinue reading Conscientious Objection in the UK Armed Forces
Ex soldier Joe Glenton refused to return to Afghanistan -full article [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/32878122 w=400&h=300] When the War on Terror began, Briton Joe Glenton felt compelled to serve his nation. He passed through basic training and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. What he saw overseas left him disillusioned, and he returned home increasingly political and manifesting symptomsContinue reading Ex soldier Joe Glenton refused to return to Afghanistan
Why I refused to return to fight in Afghanistan’s brutal occupation | Joe Glenton | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk. “… conscientious objection is a legal and contractual right. In fact, it is more than that – it is a legal and moral obligation. This is why we must not accept the debate about servingContinue reading John Glenton: Why I refused to return to fight in Afghanistan’s brutal occupation
http://www.wri-irg.org/node/21080 Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc has just been imprisoned – for the fifth time. 19-years-old, from Haifa, Natan Blanc declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army for the fifth time on 21st January. He was sentenced to 20 days’ imprisonment for his refusal.
Amnesty International Israel calls for the release of conscientious objector Natan Blanc Read CEO Jonathan Ger’s letter to Israeli Minister of Defence Ehud Barak
An American war resister who has lived in London, Ontario, for the past four years was arrested Tuesday (April 24) for alleged desertion from the U.S. Army. Richard Droste, 26, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) agents at the Grand Portage Port of Entry on the border between Ontario and Minnesota, justContinue reading American war resister living in London (Ontario) arrested for desertion
One commenter on a recent post said that he doesn’t see the state considering the church as direct competition. I believe this is untrue both in principle and in fact; in principle because for a liberal state the only truth can be that all are free to believe what they want so long as theyContinue reading ‘Your beliefs are officially untrue’
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=267435 IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz calls for more ultra-Orthodox Jews to enlist in the army and say that he seeks “equality of service” among all Israeli citizens.