Posted by: hevallo | April 9, 2009

Only in Turkey You Cannot Say No to War!

You are kindly invited to attend the forthcoming KSSO seminar at SOAS:


The objection to participation in war is as ancient as war itself. Throughout history people have made use of various methods in order not to partake in war and military organisations.

The most direct of these methods — conscientious objection — means refusing to perform compulsory military service in the armed forces or any other direct or indirect participation in wars for reasons of conscience or profound conviction.

Currently, out of 47 member states of the Council of Europe, only Turkey does not recognise conscientious objection as a human right.

Conscientious objectors in Turkey risk repeated prosecution and imprisonment for their refusal to perform compulsory military service.

They and their supporters are also frequently prosecuted for speaking out publicly in defence of the right to conscientious objection.

These two events mark the launch of a new book “Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society” published by Zed books with a panel discussion on the right to conscientious objection in Turkey.

These seminars will include contributing authors to the new book alongside activists on the right to conscientious objection: Speakers:

Prof. Cynthia Cockburn – Feminist researcher, activist and writer
Özgür Heval Çınar- Lawyer, PhD Candidate and book editor
Halil Savda – Conscientious objector from Turkey
Andreas Speck – Total objector and campaigner at War Resisters’ International.


SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Khalili Lecturer Theatre
Date: 14 April 2009
Time: 18.00-20.00 p.m.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception. This event is free of charge and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

This event is organized by KSSO. For further info contact: or <> Kind Regards Kurdish Studies and Students Organisation (KSSO) — KSSO Management Committee
Kurdish Studies&Student Org.


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