Yesterday, Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanlı was sentenced to 10 days in prison for objecting to participate in the annual compulsory military exercises in the northern part of Cyprus on the basis of his ideological conscientious objection.
Conscientious Objector Haluk Selam Tufanli refused to participate in war preparations (reservist call up) in 2011 and has been in an ongoing trial since 5th November 2013 and announcement of the court’s decision took place on 4th December 2014. This decision refers to the reserve call up for 2011. For 2012 and 2013 a court case has not started yet. Haluk Selam Tufanli is currently 30 years old so there will be another call ups for the next 10 years which he will refuse to participate.
In the northern part of Cyprus, the military service and annual reserve army practice are compulsory for male citizens above 18. Male citizens have to serve in the annual reserve service until the age of 40. The militarization of the island is not limited to the compulsory army service and reserve service; the civilians are being tried at the military court, the police is under the control of the Turkish army, there are lessons taught by soldiers at schools, the cities and rural areas are under the direct physical occupation of the Turkish army which is ongoing for the last 40 years.
The Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus calls upon the international community to express its solidarity with Haluk Selam Tufanlı with protests in front of the Turkish Embassies around the world and also send letters of protest to the Turkish Cypriot authorities as well as Turkish authorities’ embassies abroad which is the country directly responsible for human rights violations in the northern part of Cyprus since 1974. Please send us a photo of your protest event in front of the Turkish Embassies.
Presidency of the Turkish Republic:
To: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Fax +90-312-4271330, email email@example.com.
Contact detail of Embassies and Consulates of Turkey: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/turkish-representations.en.mfa
Turkish Embassy in northern part of Cyprus:
Fax +90 (392) 228 22 09, +90 (392) 228 51 18,
Turkish Cypriot leadership:
To: Mr Derviş EroğluFax +90 392 227 22 52, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Turkish Cypriot Army office
e-mail: email@example.comFax: +90 392 228 6663
War Resisters International:http://www.wri-irg.org/node/24204