Panel: Conscientious Objection as an Act of Protest
20 June Monday - 15:00 - 17:00

Rejecting being men in a society that does not consider those who do not serve in the military men Speaker: Ercan Jan Aktaş Men’s conscientious objection demands challenge not only the political and ideological strategies of nation-states forcing them to use violence but also the masculine violence pervasive in male dominant domains such as the Market and the Family. Compulsory military service is not only about “national defense” but it is also a practice that regulates the terms of citizenship between men, women and the state. First class citizenship is bestowed on men through military service, “the most sacred duty”. Legal Aspects of Conscientious Objection Speaker: Gökhan Soysal Conscientious objection is a human right placed under protection by in- ternational human rights organizations and regarded in the context of anti-war moral values, religious liberty and freedom of conscience. Both the agreements undersigned by the Turkish State and particularly, the decisions of the European Human Rights Court are binding. No matter how reluctant the state is to recognize this right, it is also evident that it is unable to fully resort to its repressive ap

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