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War Resisters' International Nonviolence Programme

WRI's Nonviolence Programme promotes the use of active nonviolence to confront the causes of war and militarism. We develop resources (such as the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns) and provide nonviolence training to groups seeking to develop their skills.

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09 May 2017
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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.

28 Apr 2017
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International activists inside the arms dealers' welcome dinner at ADEX 2015 in SeoulInternational activists inside the arms dealers' welcome dinner at ADEX 2015 in SeoulThis is a call-out to arms fair resisters across the world to join a Skype conversation with other grassroots activists.

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24 May 2017
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Actions are taking place in Brussels this week against in the run up to the NATO summit. Yesterday (23rd May), a group of peace activists occupied the offices of the European Commission. With their action they denounced the steps the European Union is taking to start a military research programme carried out by the arms industry. They set up tents, and were in place in all morning.

See a video of yesterday's occupation of the European Commission here.

24 May 2017
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This Thursday (25th May), War Resisters' International is organising a webinar on conscientious objection, peace education and countering youth militarisation in South Korea. In the webinar, we will be joined by two Seoul-based activists, Hanui Choi (PEACE MOMO) and Seungho Park (World without War), who have been active within the peace movement for many years. In order to join us, register here: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=ED50D784854B3A

Time and Date: 12:00 (BST), 13:00 (CEST) and 20:00 (KST) (For your local time see here: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/)

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24 May 2017
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The Antimilitarist Network of Latin America and the Carribean (Red Antimilitarista de América Latina y el Caribe, RAMALC) have published a statement in solidarity with antimilitarists, conscientious objectors, nonviolent and pacifists in Venezuela (an English version is forthcoming). It extends support to the community of human rights defenders being persecuted for their work. The statement has been endorsed by the WRI Executive Committee.

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24 May 2017
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Venezuela statementVenezuela statementEn estos días, la comunidad de defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos en Venezuela está siendo objeto de persecución y represión por cuenta de sus actividades. Por eso, extendemos a ellos y a ellas nuestra solidaridad y apoyo; estamos y seguiremos atentos para denunciar dichas persecuciones.

Venezuela experimenta un ciclo

17 May 2017
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Pedalling for peace in Seoul on CO dayPedalling for peace in Seoul on CO dayInternational Conscientious Objection Day was marked on Monday by antimilitarists around the world, celebrating those who have - and those who continue - to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military structures.

It’s a day when we celebrate refusal, disobedience, and everything that says no to militarism. But also a day when we say yes to nonviolence, solidarity, and reclaiming our bodies and communities for coexistence!

Have a look here for news of street actions in Colombia, singing in Sheffield, street-naming in Mannheim, a 'vegan sandwiches and antimilitarism forum' and conscientious objector declarations in Istanbul, and more!

15 May 2017
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Conscientious objection means refusing to be co-opted into militarism. It means naming armies and organised violent groups for what they really are, and often being at risk of imprisonment and social stigma for doing so.

It also means joining in an internationalist movement, which is organising nonviolently towards societies free from war and oppression. This work is made more possible by solidarity across borders - and that's where you come in!

28 Apr 2017
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Approaching International Conscientious Objection Day (15th May), the updates from the last couple of months - which have unfortunately been mostly negative - are reminding us: we need to keep mobilising our movements for conscientious objection, and strengthening our networks of international solidarity.

28 Apr 2017
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Militarised police in training. Photo: Tim McAteerMilitarised police in training. Photo: Tim McAteerAll around the world, police forces are being militarised. The lines between the roles of the police and the military are being blurred, with narratives of heightened threat (from terror, drugs, social unrest or people on the move) being used to justify this militarisation.

28 Apr 2017
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Militarised police in training. Photo: Tim McAteerMilitarised police in training. Photo: Tim McAteerAll around the world, police forces are being militarised. The lines between the roles of the police and the military are being blurred, with narratives of heightened threat (from terror, drugs, social unrest or people on the move) being used to justify this militarisation.

Militarised policing is something which runs far deeper than the surface veneer of militarised equipment and body armour; scratch the bullet-proof vest and underneath you will find a militarised mentality conditioned to perceive the 'other' as a threat, an enemy, and to respond accordingly.

28 Apr 2017
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Members of WRI resist the ADEX arms fair in Seoul, 2015Members of WRI resist the ADEX arms fair in Seoul, 2015

28 Apr 2017
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International activists inside the arms dealers' welcome dinner at ADEX 2015 in SeoulInternational activists inside the arms dealers' welcome dinner at ADEX 2015 in SeoulThe arms trade is a global phenomenon and arms fairs are the nexus of this trade: the physical sites which bring together those who manufacture, profit from, orchestrate and deliver suffering and death. But asthe arms trade is global so is our resistance, with actions against arms fairs taking place worldwide and increasing levels of transnational activism reflecting the global reality and consequences of this trade.

27 Apr 2017
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The new NATO headquarters in Brussels under constructionThe new NATO headquarters in Brussels under constructionOn 24th and 25th May, NATO leaders will be in Brussels for the inauguration of their new headquarters and an important NATO summit – the first to be attended by US president Donald Trump.

On the table will be a push to make certain that NATO member states increase spending on their military budgets to 2% of GDP, with 20% going towards buying arms; fuelling a destabilising arms race.

27 Apr 2017
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27 Apr 2017
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War Resisters' International has a CO-Alert system that we use to pressure authorities across the world where conscientious objectors (COs) face persecution.

Hundreds of subscribers receive an email, and they use an email template (here's an example) to protest the treatment of COs to the relevant authorities, for example asking for their release from forced recruitment or imprisonment.

27 Apr 2017
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Conscientious objector Onur Erden has been sentenced to 10 months in prison on charge of deserting mandatory military service. Erden will go to prison if the penalty is approved by the Military Supreme Court.

Trials of conscientious objectors Onur Erden and Uğur Gültekin, who were pending a trial without arrest on charge of deserting mandatory military service, were heard by Gelibolu 2nd Corps Commandership Military Court.

27 Apr 2017
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Sweden is to reintroduce military conscription by 1 July, citing difficulties in filling army ranks on a voluntary basis and increased Russian military activity in the Baltics.

The defence minister the Social Democrat-Green coalition government, Peter Hultqvist, said the move was in response to a deteriorating security environment in Europe. “We are in a context where Russia has annexed Crimea,” the minister told AFP. “They are doing more exercises in our immediate vicinity.”

27 Apr 2017
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Atalia Ben-AbbaAtalia Ben-AbbaIsraeli conscientious objectors Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi, who declared their refusal to serve in the IDF and take part in the occupation on 16th November 2016, were freed after each spending more than 100 days behind bars.

27 Apr 2017
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Conscientious Objector Diego Fernando Blanco López from Colombia has been illegally recruited by the Colombian army, despite his right to postpone as a student. He is currently being forced to serve in the Grupo de Caballeria Mecanicado No 4 Juan de Corral of the Colombian Army in Rionegro, Antioquia.

27 Apr 2017
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In February, War Resisters' International responded to a request for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on conscientious objection to military service, towards a quadrennial analytical report on conscientious objection to military service that will be presented to the Human Rights Council.

27 Apr 2017
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The Georgian Ministry of Defense (MoD) reintroduced compulsory military service, which had been abolished several months ago by the former Minister Tinatin Khidasheli. This was an expected move by the current Defence Minister, Levan Izoria, who announced his plan to reintroduce conscription in November 2016.

27 Apr 2017
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In this issue of the CO-Update, we would like to share with you an inspiring story from 2003, which we think worth re-sharing and remembering. We are aware of many protests that took place across different countries to avert Iraq War in 2003.

27 Apr 2017
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The Ministry of Defence in Croatia considers reintroducing compulsory military service, which was “suspended” in 2008 following high numbers of applications for conscientious objection by young people.

26 Apr 2017
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In December 2016, the Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors called on conscientious objectors (COs) in Greece to boycott the Conscience Examination Committee, which considers CO applications under the authority of the Ministry of Defence. In their statement, the Association said "The existence of a committee, which, like another Holy Inquisition, interrogates the conscientious objectors, violates any sense of the protected right to freedom of conscience."

26 Apr 2017
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Former Maoist child soldiers in Nepal, discontent with the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN or Maoist-Centre) for discarding them unceremoniously during the peace process, locked party leaders at the CPN office in Kathmandu. During their action, at least seven party leaders were locked in the building when the main door was padlocked.

26 Apr 2017
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War Resisters' International maintains a unique resource, the World survey of conscription and conscientious objection to military service: a database of country profiles and information on the situation for COs and conscripts around the world. This is updated on a rolling basis, and we have recently revised our report on Greece.

Click here to read it.

26 Apr 2017
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In December 2016, the Defense Minister of Taiwan, Feng Shih-kuan, announced that 2017 will be the last year young men will be required to serve in the military and that by 2018 military conscription will be abolished in the country.

26 Apr 2017
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WRI has been working with former soldiers from Rwanda and the German campaigning group Connection e.V.. In December 2016, we published a report exploring the experiences of former members of Rwandan armed forces, especially the barriers they experienced in leaving the army over the past decade.

26 Apr 2017
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International delegation at Serdar Kuni's trial. Sirnak/TurkeyInternational delegation at Serdar Kuni's trial. Sirnak/TurkeyOn 24 April 2017, War Resisters' International joined a group of international organisations to observe the second hearing of Serdar Küni, a doctor and veteran human rights defender from Turkey imprisoned last October. The charges against Dr.

26 Apr 2017
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Photo: Atomwaffenfrei.jetztPhoto: Atomwaffenfrei.jetztFrom the 12th to the 18th of July, German activists are inviting internationals to join them at the  military base for a peace camp and actions against the deployment of the new B61-12 nuclear bomb by the US military at the base. The B61-21 will be completed by 2020 and deployed in Italy, Belgium, Holland, Turkey, and Germany.

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25 Apr 2017
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International delegation at Serdar Kuni's trial in Sirnak/TurkeyInternational delegation at Serdar Kuni's trial in Sirnak/TurkeyOn 24 April 2017, War Resisters' International joined a group of international organisations to observe the second hearing of Serdar Küni, a doctor and veteran human rights defender from Turkey imprisoned last October. Below is the statement of the international delegation, including Andreas Speck from War Resisters' International, explaining their concerns from the trial yesterday.