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War is a Crime against Humanity: The Story of The War Resisters' International

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Author(s)/editor(s): 
Devi Prasad
Publisher: 
War Resisters' International
Year published: 
2005
ISBN: 
978-0-903517-20-1


Price: £5.00 (US$8.38 ; €6.40)

War Stops Here: support international resistance at the London arms fair

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In September 2017, thousands of arms dealers will descend on London to market their wares to militaries from across the globe. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) - is one of the biggest arms fairs in the world, and it takes place in east London every two years, exporting death and destruction around the world.

We are the international resistance to DSEI, and we need your help.

Überlegungen zur Unterstützung von Friedensgefangenen

Paul Magno

Im Juli 2012 unternahmen drei Aktivisten für Abrüstung in den Vereinigten Staaten - Greg Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice and Michael Walli – eine gewaltfreie direkte Aktion am Y12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge (Tennessee), die sie “Transform Now Plowhares” (“Umwandlung in Pflugscharen jetzt”) nannten. Oak Ridge ist ein Ort, der bis auf den Anfang des Manhattan Projekt im 2. Weltkrieg zurückgeht und ist bis heute ein wesentliches Bindeglied in der Fähigkeit der USA, Atomwaffen zu produzieren. Die drei schafften es, in der Nacht das Gelände des Bundesterritoriums zu überqueren, vier Sicherheitszäune zu überwinden und an die Anlage für die Wartung von hoch angereichertem Uran (Highly Enriched Uranium Maintenance Facility, HEUMF) zu gelangen – ein Depot für 400 Tonnen bombenfähiges Uran, genug für 10.000 Atomwaffen. Als sie dort waren, markierten sie das Gelände mit Absperrband, das bei Verbrechen verwendet wird, breiteten Friedensbanner aus und bestrichen die Wände des Gebäudes mit menschlichem Blut und gesprühten biblischen Friedensbotschaften.

Update: Israelische Kriegsdienstverweiger*innen

Atalia Ben-Abba is an imprisoned Israeli conscientious objectorAtalia Ben-Abba is an imprisoned Israeli conscientious objectorNach 115 Tagen der Haft wurde die israelische Verweigerin Tamar Ze’evi als Kriegsdienstverweigerin aus politischen Gründen anerkannt. Doch die Verweigerinnen Atalia Ben-Abba und Tamar Alon wurden erneut wegen ihrer Weigerung inhaftiert, an der Besatzung teilzuhaben und im israelischen Militär zu dienen. Dies ist Atalias zweite und Tamars sechste Haftzeit, und beide werden weitere 30 Tage hinter Gittern verbringen.

WRI Ratstreffen, London

Start Datum: 
11 Sep 2017 - 12 Sep 2017

Frühere Aktionen gegen DSEIFrühere Aktionen gegen DSEIDas diesjährige Ratstreffen der WRI wird im September in London stattfinden, gleichzeitig mit der DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International), der größten Waffenmesse der Welt. Wir werden vor und nach dem Ratstreffen an Aktionen teilnehmen, um die Messe zu stören. Hier ist der Zeitplan:

  • Freitag, 8. September: Ankunft und Vorbereitung
  • Samstag, 9. September: Beteiligung an dem großen Aktionstag zusammen mit der Campaign Against Arms Trade
  • Sonntag, 10. September: Eine öffentliche Veranstaltung über internationalen Militarismus und den Rüstungshandel
  • Montag, 11.September – Dienstag 12. September: Ratstreffen.

WRI in 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, we're looking back on what WRI has been up to this year - we thought we would share some of the highlights,as we look towards a 2017 of radical action against war and it's causes!

Bram, Luis and Javier, outside courtBram, Luis and Javier, outside courtEarly in the year, we were excited to hear the news that several members of WRI affiliates in Europe were found "not guilty!" in a trial that exposed the criminality of the DSEi arms fair. Javier, Bram and Luis travelled from Belgium to London in September 2015 to help blockade the entrances of the huge weapons fair alongside activists from the UK. At the end of the year, we were also relieved to hear that members of Spanish group AA-MOC had their charges dropped, following an action to disrupt a NATO training event in 2015.

In April, members of the WRI network travelled to Turkey to take part in a delegation, visiting Diyarbakir and towns effected by the curfews and armed conflict that has gripped the region. The delegation inspired a petition to the EU, and a speakers tour of European cities.

Refuse to Occupy - 1st December international day of action

During November and December three young Israeli women will refuse to conscript and serve the Israeli occupation. They would rather sit in prison than inflict military rule in the West Bank, and oppress Palestinians.

Welcome to four new WRI affiliates!

International Day of Nonviolence in South Sudan. Photo: ONADInternational Day of Nonviolence in South Sudan. Photo: ONADAt our eCouncil meeting this month, we were really glad to welcome four new organisations as Associate Organisations of War Resisters' International. They are:

Campaign Against Arms Trade (Britain), working to end the international arms trade and to promote progressive demilitarisation in arms-producing countries.

NESEHNUTÍ (Czech Republic): a social and ecological non-governmental organization, that works principally on the basis that ecological and social problems have shared causes and consequences which must be resolved. All our activities aim to show that social change based on respect for people, animals and nature is possible, and, most importantly must be led from below. Therefore, we support people who are interested and engaged in what is happening around them and who consider responsibility for life on our planet as an integral part of their own freedom. We work independently of party and economic interests, using strictly non-violent means.

Şiddetsizlik egitim ve arastirma dernegi (Nonviolence Education and Research Centre, Turkey): 'To achieve our dream of a nonviolent world we organize trainings, produce knowledge and share our resources. In doing so, our methods are non-hierarchical, participatory and based on solidarity and consensus. In this context, we aim to develop creative nonviolent campaigning tools and policy-making instruments, to share these instruments and to empower everyone struggling for a nonviolent world. Because we believe that a world without discrimination and oppression, where social justice exists and conflicts are solved in nonviolent ways, is possible.

VD AMOK (the Netherlands) -  a Dutch anti-militarist and conscientious objectors organization, non-governmental and non-profit, that works closely together with peace movements and peace organizations to create a peaceful, fair and stable world.

Three organisations already affiliated to WRI as Associate Organisations were also admitted as Sections of WRI. They are Alternatives to Violence Project, Nigeria; the Organization for Nonviolence and Development (South Sudan) and Žene u crnom (Women in Black Serbia).

We look forward to working more with all of these organisations towards a world without war!

#WarStartsHere: opposing the Paris arms fair

This week the Eurosatory arms fair is taking place in Paris. The 'Defence and Security' fair, one of the largest in the world, takes place every two years. For many years, opposition to Eurosatory took the form of one woman, Yvonna Kressman, faithfully standing outside on her own, over decades. Gradually the word has spread, and this year campaigners from Germany, England, Belgium and the Netherlands joined French antimilitarists and others to make sure it wasn't “business as usual” for the arms trade.

Put arms dealers on trial, not peace activists

Alongside other peace activists, WRI members from around Europe are in court in London from next Monday on trial for their disruption of the DSEI arms fair in September last year.
 
Anyone available to join us in solidarity in the Court next week, check out Stop The Arms Fair Facebook event for info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716179711938981/
 
Use #stopDSEI to share you solidarity with Javier, Bram, Luis and others in the run up to their court appearance next week.
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