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(en) afed.cz: Ukraine: The trial of anti-militarists

Date Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:26:39 +0200

After a year of bond proceeds trial of military service objectors Ruslan Kocáby. ---- Since February continues in Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine lawsuit against the Ukrainian journalists and military service objectors Ruslana Kocáby. For the first time trial, also attended by observers from the anti-militarist German Peace Society - United conscientious objectors (Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft - Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen, DFG-VK). ---- Devetactyricetiletý journalist Ruslan Kocáb was arrested last year and charged with sedition and preventing the activities of the armed forces. Last year, before the arrest, he said in a public video-President Porošenkovi for refusing call-up order and is ready to go to jail because they do not want to shoot at their fellow citizens. At the same time he urged residents of Ukraine to reject military service. Kocáb punishable up to fifteen years in prison. During the trial he said he does not regret what he did.

Cornelia Mannewitz of DFG-VK, who was present at the trial, said: "Ruslan Kocáb impressed by their firm stance. His arrest is understood as a violation of the human right to conscientious objection. His call for Ukrainian men that acted like he may not be criminal in a democratic society. "

Four observers from the DFG-VK organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, IPPNW) in Ukraine expressed their solidarity with the accused anti-militarists.

Ukrainian laws take into account the right to conscientious objection, but reserve it only a few religious minorities. Active soldiers or soldiers in an ambush not even ask about alternative military service. The punishment for denial of a set of three to five years' imprisonment. Of course a court hearing is also clear why Kocáb has been accused of sedition. Many of the sixty-nine prosecution witnesses have so far not arrive to court at all.

Ruslan Kocáb was the only Ukrainian journalist who had received accreditation to the zone of fighting, but its reporting was not upholding neither separatists nor the Ukrainian government, while calling for an end to "internecine warfare" and start negotiations.

Kocáb name Ruslana was last year included in the list of imprisoned anti-militarists ( http://www.wri-irg.org/node/4718 ).



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