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Introducing the handbook for conscientious objection

This year, WRI will publish a new handbook for conscientious objection. It's inspired by our Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, designed by activists for activists, sharing experiences, strategies and inspiration for using conscientious objection as a nonviolent strategy against militarism. Rather than an academic text, it is meant to help CO movements in their campaigns.

Production of the book is being coordinated by Elisa Haf, a Quaker Peace and Social Witness Peaceworker based at WRI (and Forces Watch, whose offices are in the same building as us) for a year. It is being authored by over 30 contributors from Latin America, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

It will be available for sale in English from July, and in other languages soon afterwards. It will be available for free online. We have already had some offers for translation, and if you are interested in arranging the translation of this resource into your own language, please write to

Remember that all WRI publications can be bought from our webshop, including recent Right to Refuse to Kill programme publications Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It and Women Conscientious Objectors - An Anthology.