Right to Refuse to Kill

The Right to Refuse to Kill programme

War Resisters' International's programme The Right to Refuse to Kill combines a wide range of activities to support conscientious objectors individually, as well as organised groups and movements for conscientious objection.

Our main publications are CO-Alerts (advocacy alerts sent out whenever a conscientious objector is prosecuted) and CO-Updates (a bimonthly look at developments in conscientious objection around the world).

More info on the programme is available here.

News from WRI's campaign Support Colombian conscientious objectors

19 Aug 2014

El jueves 14 de agosto el joven objetor de conciencia JOSÍAS JOHAN PATIÑO se dirigía hacia sutrabajo. Estando en la Estación Aguacatala, siendo aproximadamente las 7 a.m. efectivos del ejercito nacional bajo ordenes del Capitán Barrera, el Sargento Peña y el dragoniante Gutierrezprovenientes de la Sexta División , Vigésima Septima Brigada del departamento del Putumayo,irrumpieron en la Estación del metro la Aguacatala y solicitaron y retuvieron la cédula del joven en mención como un mecanismo de presión para que subiera al camión que disponía el ejército para reclutar jóvenes a la fuerza es decir, en lugar de hacerle la respectiva citación para resolver su situación militar como lo dice la ley 48 del 93.

News from WRI's campaign Support Israeli conscientious objectors

11 Aug 2014

War Resisters' International supports nonviolent resisters in Palestine and Israel. We are in solidarity with conscientious objectors and those who refuse to participate in the Israeli army. Conscription is active in Israel for women and men, for Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Druze. As well as conscripting full-time recruits, reservists are also enlisted after their mandatory military service has ended. Many reservists have been drafted in 'Operation Protective Edge', the Israeli military assault on Gaza.

If you are subject to compulsory military service in Israel, and do not want to go, contact New Profile.

What you can do to support war resisters in Palestine and Israel

04 Aug 2014

Originally posted at: http://afsc.org/friends/while-bombs-fall-gaza-resisting-militarism-israel

While the bombs fall on Gaza and the majority of Israeli society seems to support the continuance of the military attack on Gaza, we, as Israelis horrified by the actions of our government, find our voices lost. What can we say and do? What value might this have? How can our echoes have any impact on the situation now?

Smoke rises over Gaza city by Anne PaqSmoke rises over Gaza city by Anne Paq

Internally in Israeli Jewish-society, it is clear that our voice remains unwelcome – protestors calling for the immediate end of the attack on Gaza have been  physically assaulted, eggs, rocks and chairs thrown at them, and some even hospitalized; celebrities who dare  to criticize the military have been  publically shunned and the majority of the elected opposition in the Knesset are aligning positions with the right-wing government. Those politicians, mostly Palestinians living in Israel, who dared to speak out have been cursed, threatened and physically dragged out of the Knesset.

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