Osman Murat Ülke
|Osman Murat Ülke|
|Born||Ründeroth, Cologne, Germany|
|Known for||conscientious objector|
Osman Murat Ülke (born 1970) is a Turkish conscientious objector. He was imprisoned for two and a half years for refusal of military service, and was the subject of a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.
History of the case
Ülke publicly burned his conscription orders after being called for duty September 1, 1995. A year later, he was detained in Izmir and formally arrested October 8. He was put on trial at the Military Court of the General Staff in Ankara, charged with "alienating the public from the institution of military service" and was additionally charged for burning his call-up papers and declaring his conscientious objection.
Amnesty International contacted the Turkish government, requesting that it provide alternative civilian service. Turkish law had no such provision in place. The human rights group made its suggestion based on recommendations made by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the Council of Europe.
Even after serving his term in prison, Ülke and his family continued to be harassed, according to Human Rights Watch. A second conscientious objector, Mehmet Tarhan, has been imprisoned by Turkish officials.
Awards and honors
- 2007 Clara Immerwahr Award from the German affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
- Kent, Bruce. "Blessed Franz, Resister Saint". Catholic Worker. LXXV (January–February 2008): 5.
- Turkey: Osman Murat Ülke: conscientious objector imprisoned for life - Amnesty International
- European Court of Human Rights, Ülke v. Turkey, application no. 39437/98, 24 January 2006
- Turkey lags behind fellow Council of Europe members on recognition of right to conscientious objection (Human Rights Watch, 13-9-2006)
- "IPPNW (in German)". Retrieved 2008-03-05.
Further reading about conscientious objection in Turkey
- United Nations HCR report on military service in Turkey
- WRI summary on conscientious objection in Turkey
- Documentation: Conscientious objection in Turkey
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