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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)

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.

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.

Call for Support: Repressive Response against MOC Activists for Blockading Tank Transport during NATO Exercise

REPRESSIVE RESPONSE AGAINST ANTI-MILITARIST MOC ACTIVISTS FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCEUP TO 12.000 EUROS  FINE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERAL YEARS JAIL SENTENCE FOR  BLOCKADE IN THE PORT OF SAGUNTO AGAINST NATO MANEUVERS. 

The group of antimilitarists that paralyzed the transport of armoured vehicles to the NATO “Trident Juncture“ manoeuvres last October face accusations of “serious disobedience”, “breach of the peace”, and fines for “intrusion". 

Ukrainian conscientious objector on trial

Ukrainian journalist and CO Ruslan Kotsaba is on trial in Ivano-Frankivsk. Ruslan has been in detention for almost a year, charged with treason and obstructing the military.  In a video addressed to the Ukrainian President, he declared his refusal to be drafted, saying he would rather go to prison for five years than turn a weapon on his "compatriots in the east".

Gedanken zu “Stopping the War Business”

Am Ende des internationalen “Stopping the War Business”-Seminars, teilen drei Teilnehmer mit uns ihre Ansichten. Lesen Sie sie im Folgenden.

Tuuli Vuori

Tuuli taking action against the ADEX arms fairTuuli taking action against the ADEX arms fair

Es ist gut, in Südkorea zu sein. Ich komme aus einem Land, das immer noch die Wehrpflicht unterhält, und ich habe die Hälfte meines Lebens der Arbeit mit Fragen zur Kriegsdienstverweigerung im Zusammenhang gewidmet. Das ist ein Grund, warum es sich so besonders anfühlt in Seoul zu sein, denn ich habe so viel über die Kampagnen gehört, die unsere südkoreanischen Freunde hier durchführen. 

Auf jeden Fall wusste ich nicht besonders viel über Kriegsgeschäfte, und so habe ich viel in diesem Seminar gelernt. Vielen Dank für die wirklich interessante Referenten und Workshops!

In diesem Seminar diskutierten wir über die Konsequenzen der Geschäftemacherei mit dem Krieg für den einzelnen Menschen. Wir sprachen auch über die großen und dunklen Strukturen der Kriegsprofiteure. Manchmal fühle ich mich dabei sehr klein.

Stopping the War Business: report

Summary

The Stopping the War Business seminar was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 16 and 17 October, 2015. It was co­hosted by World Without War and War Resisters' International. The seminar provided space for learning about effective tactics used to challenge war profiteers around the world, and forged relationships between campaigners that will inform and enable new campaigns from here onwards. Activists from 21 different countries took part, with 70 participants in total (30 internationals, and 40 Koreans).

Quote from the evaluation: 'I came back with a big bag of knowledge and experiences from different regions that I would very much like to spread the information in my country'

After the seminar, a nonviolence training and then action against the ADEX arms fair took place. The seminar and the actions were deliberately linked, in order to support local activists in their struggle against a local example of war profiteering, and to put the learnings and relationships built up during the seminar into action.

Schreibt am 1. Dezember einem Gefangenen für den Frieden

Postcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without WarPostcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without War

Jedes Jahr am 1. Dezember begehen die WRI und ihre Mitglieder den Tag der Gefangenen für den Frieden. An diesem Tag veröffentlichen wir die Namen und Geschichten jener, die für Friedensaktivitäten ins Gefängnis kamen. Viele sind KriegsdienstverweigererInnen, im Gefängnis dafür, dass sie sich weigerten, im Militär zu dienen. Andere unternahmen gewaltfreie Aktionen, um Kriegsvorbereitungen zu stören. Dieser Tag ist Eure Gelegenheit, Eurer Unterstützung für sie Ausdruck zu verleihen. Wir bitten Euch, am 1.12. oder einem der folgenden Tage etwas Zeit dafür zu reservieren, Solidaritätskarten zu schicken. Hier könnt Ihr die Namen und Adressen finden: http://www.wri-irg.org/de/node/4722

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