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Articles related to conscientious objection

21 May 2012

When examining militarisation and young people in this country, we must necessarily look back and take into account the hundreds of years of militarism in the area's history: land occupations and violence by European colonists, construction of the 'national heroes' to motivate patriotism, legislation of obligatory military training, exponential military spending versus the social spending diet, introduction of of military training in civilian schools, and mutation of the armed forces according to the dominant economic model.

03 Nov 2011

Chile reformed its military service seven years ago, to focus recruitment for military service on volunteers. Ever since, Chile's armed forces were able to fill their ranks entirely with volunteers, although generally a process of conscription was started in October to select potential conscripts as a backup. In October 2008, 70,461 youth were chosen in the "sorteo general" (recruitment lottery) and had to report to the recruitment authorities, but in the end nobody was called up for military service against his will. This was repeated in the following years.

01 Aug 2007

Se asume aquí como tema "el movimiento de rechazo al Servicio Militar Obligatorio (en adelante SMO) y de resistencia al militarismo en Chile", desarrollado entre 1990 y 2007; periodo político que en nuestro país ha sido señalado como una etapa de "vuelta" y de "transición" a la democracia, después de 17 años de dictadura militar.

18 May 2007

18 May 2007


13. The Committee notes the State party’s intention to adopt a law recognizing the right of conscientious objection to military service, but continues to be concerned that this right has still not been recognized (article 18 of the Covenant).

01 Apr 2007

In the previous month, the WRI office issued the following co-alerts:

(a full archive of co-alerts is available at

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