POST RI shows solidarity with conscientious objector Murat Kanatlı

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Last Tuesday, our general secretary Murat Kanatlı who is a  conscientious objector was sentenced to 10 days in prison for objecting to participate in the annual compulsory military exercises on the basis of his ideological conscientious objection.

Conscientious objection is a human right. Forcing someone who is unwilling to take a weapon in his hand and serve to militarism is violation of human rights.

Murat Kanatlı has always been against to militarism and war as a principle. We believe that he is innocent and the authorities should respect his moral stand and his life choices guided by free conscience.

As POST RI team, we are expressing our full support and solidarity with Murat Kanatlı in the struggle for his rightful objection to militarism. Our conscious is condemning the court decision and we invite you to sign the petition here to show that he is not alone.

 

About POST Research Institute

POST is a non-profit, non-political organization set up by a group of people to work for the cultural, social, and environmental betterment of Cyprus and established at 2002. Vision: To contribute towards achieving an alternative sustainable future, which comprises of an egalitarian Cypriot society, that recognizes the dignity of every living being. Mission: • On the basis of social equality/justice: o To contribute for creating an open dialogue on issues of peace education and reconciliation and working actively for the unification of the island. o To take action against gender discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for achieving positive social transformation. o To advance, sensitize and advocate for a multicultural and diverse society in which all differences are recognized, understood and accepted. • To excel as an Institute in the execution of research and participatory action. • To strengthen research capacity in Cyprus. • To strive for ecological sustainability through the prevention of environmental degradation and destruction.
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