News from WRI

25 Oct 2016

SyriaSyriaWRI has just held it's annual Council meeting - this year it was held online, and included several public 'webinars', with activists from across the network describing our work. All four webinars were recorded and are available to rewatch.

24 Oct 2016

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!

12 Oct 2016

Every year, War Resisters' International holds an annual Council meeting - this is where some of the big decisions about our organisation get made, by the groups who make up the network. This year our meeting is happening online, and you can take part.


We will have four "webinars" open to the public. These online seminars will explore some of the key work we have been doing this year, and discuss important events internationally. After input from our presenters, there will be time for questions and discussions. They will be recorded and made available online afterwards. All timings are in Coordinated Universal Time. Look that up here.

International responses to Syria, Saturday 15th October, 12.30pm UTC

Stopping the cycle of violence in Turkey, Monday 17th October, 4.00pm UTC

Constructive programmes: 'New Worlds in Old Shells', Wednesday 19th October, 12:30 UTC

Countering the militarisation of youth: examples of resistance, Friday 21st October, 4.00pm UTC

Discussion threads

As well as webinars, our meeting will include discussion threads on a platform called Loomio. If you are interested in taking part in these please email with the subject 'WRI eCouncil participation'.

11 Oct 2016

Download this report as a pdf

Put together by the WRI Executive Committee and Staff


Action preparations at the Stopping the War Business Seminar and Action in Seoul 2015Action preparations at the Stopping the War Business Seminar and Action in Seoul 2015

Another year has passed, and with it far too much death and destruction caused by wars and militarism. But people around the world continue to stand up for peace and resist the military (non)solutions, the arms race, the injustices, the unequal distributions of resources. In this annual report, you'll read about some of these struggles; conscientious objectors refusing being part of the war machine, groups around the world taking action against the militarisation of youth, peace activists coming together to learn from each other and strengthen ongoing campaigns and networks.

The report include an account of the WRI programme activities since the last Council, the work of WRI and its affiliates in the different regions of the world, the WRI internal business, WRI publications, statements and press releases, the WRI campaign to stop the violence in Turkey , WRI’s financial situation and finally an outlook for the coming year. As you will read in the report, organisations and individuals continue to find WRI to exchange experiences and knowledge, forming links between peace activists around the world and building stronger movements as we learn from each other.

22 Sep 2016

In Spring 2016 War Resisters' International launched a new campaign focusing on the escalating cycle of violence in Turkey. As part of this campaign, initiated in response to demands from WRI activists in Turkey, we have launched a petition addressing the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union. The appeal was calling on the EU not to lose sight of the situation in Turkey, and to take action on the escalating violence in the country.

15 Sep 2016

WRI produces The Broken Rifle magazine three times a year. Recent themes have included: Antimilitarism and climate change; Stopping the war business; The militarisation of borders; Conscientious objection: today and tomorrow, and Queer and antimilitarism.

We're always looking for ideas for subjects to focus on. Feel free to send your ideas to

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