from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says Turkish nationals of 30 years of age or older will be able to fulfill their military obligation by paying 30,000 Turkish Liras.
Men over the age of 20 must serve in the military for 15 months up and conscientious objectors are routinely prosecuted
Turkey’s justice minister says the country is considering introducing the right to conscientious objection for men who do not believe in military service.
from Hurriyet Dailynews by SİVAS/ANTALYA
There are no plans to give conscientious objectors the right to reject military service, even though the country?s deputy prime minister hinted at alternative public service for pacifists, the defense minister has said.
by KLAUS JURGENS
Being able to freely discuss each and every issue affecting our daily life is a hallmark of democracy. This does not imply, though, that everything that is suggested by a particular group within society (by civic organizations, business associations or other lobby groups, for example) should at once become, legally speaking, mandatory for everyone else without further reflection. Whether a non-conscript, professionals-only army is best for the Republic of Turkey is one such hotly debated domestic issue.