An Otokar tank on display at Eurosatory 2018

War Profiteer of the Month: Otokar

Otokar is the biggest private arms company in Turkey, and specialises in military land vehicles such as tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and turret systems. Formed in 1963, the companies vehicles are now in use in 30 different countries, and the company claims there are now over 30,000 Otokar vehicles in service around the world.

A train station lobby. A huge advertisement for BAE Systems is in the background. In the fore ground stands a line of activists dressed in suits, carrying a hgue missile on their shoulders.

UK: activists take action against arms fairs

In the United Kingdom, campaigners have been resisting arms fairs being held in cities around the country.

IFOR members and speakers at the side event

IFOR and WRI side event on the struggles of Eritrean refugees held in Geneva

During the 38th session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva, International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) organized a side event, co-sponsored by War Resisters International, focusing on the causes of migration from Eritrea and the struggles of Eritrean refugees.

WRI training in Cyprus

WRI Training on countering youth militarisation held in Cyprus

On 26-28 May, activists from Greece, Israel, Russia, Turkey, and Cyprus (both south and north) gathered in Nicosia (Cyprus) for a 3-day training, Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation, organised by War Resisters' International. During the training, participants explored gendered dimensions of youth militarisation within their societies as well as discussing how to work internationally to counter these processes.