For information contact Derek Brett (+41 77 462 9825; or Murat Kanatli (+90 542 852 8446;; facebook @muratkanatli2018)

Last Friday 4/1/2019, EBCO reported on the sentence handed down to Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu by the Military Court in the self-styled “Turkish Republic of NorthernCyprus”, and on the massive public support he received, with a crowd of well over a hundred waiting to cheer him as he emerged from the court.

Things have subsequently moved rapidly in northern Cyprus. After the trial on Thursday the President and General Secretary of the Press Workers Trade Union announced that they would henceforth refuse to perform reserve service; on Friday they received the endorsement of the Trade Union as a whole.

Friday lunchtime Murat Kanatli and Derek Brett did a 45-minute live interview with the Kanal SIM TV station (see the link on the ebco facebook page). Five hours later, as activists gathered at the Press

Workers Trade Union to discuss strategy, they were able to watch the Prime Minister sitting at exactly the same table telling a different interviewer that the Draft Amendment to the Military Service Act which would allow alternative service for conscientious objectors was ready and would be put before Parliament on Monday 7th.

On Saturday morning, the people of Nicosia woke to see a wall bearing a new graffito by CRS depicting Halil with two doves one carrying an olive branch signifying peace and the othera pencil signifying poetry...


11.01.2019, 22:19 Uhr - 11.01.2019


Lefkoşa, Nord-Zypern
Lefkoşa, Nord-Zypern
Lefkoşa, Nord-Zypern
Lefkoşa, Nord-Zypern

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Politik / Demokratie / Recht


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