The War Resisters' International was formed in reaction to the senseless slaughter of World War I with a mission not only to oppose all war but also to strive to eradicate its causes. This ambitious programme introduced a new and political dimension to the existing moral and religious basis of pacifism. It attracted some of the best pacifist thinkers and activists from around the world - George Lansbury, Bertrand Russell, Bayard Rustin, Martin Niemoeller, Danilo Dolci, and Mahatma Gandhi.
War Resisters’ International is grateful to Devi Prasad for the years of work that have gone into the creation of “War is a crime against humanity: The story of War Resisters’ International.” Of course this book is not only the result of his research and writing but also of Devi’s nearly 50 years of association with WRI and the pacifist movement.
"War Resisters' International, born out of the horrors and stupidity
of World War I, has kept the banners of conscientious objection and
abolition of war flying through the most atrocious century of European
history. I am proud to have been a council member. For, like those,
also to a large extent informed and inspired by English Quakers who
ultimately brought slavery to an end, war resisters, organised or not,
will bring about the end to war, ever more an insult to human dignity