Current Council and Executive Committee (appointed 2014 International Conference)

Chair: Christine Schweitzer, Germany.

Dr. Christine Schweitzer is the Chair of War Resisters' International. She is one of the co-founders of the “Institute for Peace Work and Nonviolent Conflict Transformation (IFGK, Germany) where she also works as a researcher; she is part-time co-coordinator at the German organisation “Federation for Social Defence” (BSV); and editor of the bi-monthly magazine “Peace Forum”.


Treasurer: Sergeiy Sandler, Israel

Dr. Sergeiy Sandler is the Treasurer of War Resisters' International, and of New Profile in Israel. He has been active in the peace movement - both in Israel and within the WRI network - for many years. He is a conscientious objector and a long-time activist in the Israeli feminist antimilitarist movement New Profile.


Internationally elected council members:  

  •      Jungmin Choi, South Korea (Executive Committee)

Jungmin Choi is the coordinator of nonviolence trainings at 'World Without War', a South Korean organisation based in Seoul that supports conscientious objectors and takes action against the arms trade.

  •      Cattis Laska, Sweden (Executive Committee)

Cattis Laska is a social worker and a member of Ofog ('Mischief'), an antimilitarist network in Sweden organizing actions and workshops that relate to arms trade, recruitment and militarisation. She is also a member of the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme committee at WRI.

  •      Hülya Üçpinar, Turkey (Executive Committee)

Hülya Üçpinar is a human rights lawyer from Turkey, and has a long track record of campaigning for the right to conscientious objection in Turkey. She is an executive committee member of the Conscientious Objection Association in Turkey, and one of the co-founders of the Nonviolent Education and Research Centre, based in Istanbul.

  •     Sergeiy Sandler, Israel (Treasurer)

  •     Carlos Barranco, State of Spain

  •     Albert Beale, Britain

  •     Moses John, South Sudan

  •     Subhash Chandra Kattel, Nepal

  •     Lexys Rendón, Venezuela

  •     Miles Rutendo Tanhira, Zimbabwe/Sweden

  •     Igor Seke, Serbia/Mexico

  •     Stellan Vinthagen, Sweden

The Council also includes a representative from each section and a non-voting observer from each associate organisation or publication. [find the list of WRI affiliates here]

A page on the duties of council members (elected or appointed) can be read here in English, French, German, and Spanish.

The WRI Constitution is available at