QUNO worked for decades to persuade the United Nations to recognise the right of conscientious objection to military service. QUNO also works with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the applicable standards in relation to asylum for conscientious objectors, draft evaders and deserters.
In May 2013, War Resisters International, together with QUNO, the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, and Conscience and Peace Tax International, published the online interactive Conscientious Objector's Guide to the International Human Rights System for conscientious objectors to military service anywhere in the world who struggle for the recognition of their right to conscientious objection, or against discrimination for being a conscientious objector, and who want to use international or regional human rights systems.
QUNO is undertaking a project which aims to analyse specific countries’ refugee status determination guidance. This project wishes to understand whether guidance on refugee status determination and conscientious objection to military service (thematic or on specific countries) are in line with human rights law and UNHCR guidance, and to understand how this is applied in different contexts. For this reason, QUNO requires access to guidance, if existing, provided by different countries. It would also still be useful to know if countries do not have this guidance in place as it can further our advocacy efforts on this issue.
If you have any information that may be able to assist with this project, please contact Human Rights and Refugees Programme Assistant Najmah Ali on email@example.com.
We have a small budget for translation so all languages very welcome. Deadline for information is Friday 18th December.