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 Turkish conscientious objectors

18 Sep 2015

Photo: BianetPhoto: BianetConscientious Objector Mehmet Tarhan was detained in Aydın province and then was released on probation. Tarhan commented: “Civil death started for me.”

Conscientious Objector and LGBTI activist Mehmet Tarhan was detained in Aydın province and then released.

Tarhan talked to bianet that he was placed a charge of being deserter in March 2015 and a warrant was issued.

Tarhan was taken to prosecution and then to recruiting office in Aydın province in Aegean Region of Turkey:

“They granted me two days to be enlisted and then released me in the recruiting office. It means the time of “civil death” started for me.

09 Sep 2015

Vicdani Ret Derneği, the Turkish CO Association, held an international symposium on conscientious objection (CO), on 5-6 September in Istanbul. The meetings were packed, and at the end of the symposium, over 20 COs went to Galatasaray Square and publicly declared their conscientious objection.

News from WRI's work on countering the militarisation of youth

30 Sep 2015

 Join us this November and take action against the militarisation of youth!Join us this November and take action against the militarisation of youth!

War Resisters' International is organizing the 2nd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth this year from 14-20 November. The week is a call for nonviolent actions across the world to raise awareness of, and challenge, the ways young people are militarized, and to give voice to alternatives.

Last year saw the first ever international Week of Action whose main focus was education and research. Many groups in various countries including Canada, Germany, South Korea, the state of Spain, the USA, Israel and the UK took action to call for an end to the military's role in education and research. This year we are expanding our theme from education to all other public spaces where we see military engagement with young people.

We invite all groups and individuals willing to take action as part of this week and contact us via cmoy@wri-irg.org.


28 Aug 2015

Would you like to take action against the militarisation of youth? You can join War Resisters' International's week of action from 14-20 November (as an individual or as a group).

Recent Right to Refuse To Kill publications

15 Sep 2015

The government of Taiwan has again post-poned plans to end conscription, because 'recruitment targets could not be met'. The Taiwanese military had originally planned to end conscription for those born after 1 January 1994 on the 1st January 2016, but this will now be moved back until at least the end of the year. The government delayed plans to move to an 'all volunteer' military in September 2013.

10 Sep 2015

We're excited to announce the launch of a new book on conscientious objection (CO), written by and for CO movements worldwide. Learning from the lived experience of activists, the aim is to help movements work together, surmount the external challenges they face, and enhance the concept of conscientious objection. The book is almost ready to go – but we need your help to get it printed! The book will be available for free online, but we’d also like to make printed copies, especially for those activists who don’t have safe access to the internet. That’s why we’ve made this crowdfunder. If you support this crowdfunder, you’ll receive your own copy of the book, and if you give a little more, we’ll also send a copy to a CO movement. Please share this crowdfunder widely so others can do the same. Thank you.

Support the crowdfunder here.

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