20 May: Book launch event "Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society"
Refusing to take part in war is as old as war itself. This wide-ranging and original book brings together four different bodies of knowledge to examine the pratice of conscientious objection: historical and philosophical analyses of conscientious objection as a critique of compulsory military service and militarization; feminist, LGBT and queer analyses of conscientious objection as a critique of patriarchy, sexism, and heterosexism; activist and academic analyses of conscientious objection as a social movement and individual act of resistance; legal analyses of the status of conscientious objection in international and national law.
15 May - International CO Day: Focus on South Korea
Presently, more than 420 conscientious objectors are in South Korean for their
conscientious objection to military service. About 100 conscientious objectors are facing trials without being detained. It has to be expected that most will receive a prison sentence of 18 months.
War Resisters' International and Korea Solidarity for Conscientious Objection are organising an international training in nonviolent action, in Seoul, as the centre piece of the activities for 15 May 2009. An international action in support of conscientious objection in South Korea will take place on 15 May itself.
More information is available at http://wri-irg.org/node/6217.