Campaigns: International Day on Conscientious Objection

Every year, 15th May marks International Conscientious Objection Day (CO day) - a day to celebrate those who have - and those who continue - to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military structures.

If you would like to take part in CO day, contact us.

WRI Statements

01 May 2003
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Support to Israeli conscientious objectors is needed

War Resisters' International Executive, 23 February 2003

The Executive Committee of War Resisters' International, the 81-year-old international network of pacifist organisations with 90 affiliates in 45 countries, expressed its grave concern about the situation of conscientious objectors to military service in Israel during its Executive meeting in London this weekend.

Other posts

15 May 2001
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Tavistock Square, London

By Roberta Bacic

Today, Tuesday May 15th, we gather in Tavistock Square around this commemorative stone which was unveiled here, in 1994, to remember Conscientious Objectors from all over the world and in every age.

This day, the 15th of May, is considered International Conscientious Objectors' Day since 1982. It was first observed by European conscientious objectors to compulsory military service as a focus both: on campaigning for the right of objection to be established where it was lacking, and of support for objectors everywhere.

15 May 2001
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by Andreas Speck

15 May 2001
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For the past several years, War Resisters' International has chosen a focus country or area of concern for its campaigns around 15 May, International Conscientious Objectors' Day.
01 May 2001
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Emanuel Matondo

On this year's 15th of May, the International Conscientious Objectors Day, I would like to recall all the pacifists, antimilitarist activists and human rights defenders the impunity in which the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other acts of cruelty are still living today in Angola.

01 May 2001
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Hein Möllers
01 May 2001
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Fellow countrymen of the Government Armed Forces - FAA

Fellow countrymen of the UNITA Rebel Forces - FALA

Fellow countrymen of the Cabinda Independentist Forces - FLEC's

I, Holden Roberto,

As an old man (mais velho), pioneer of the national struggle for the liberation of Angola, call upon you, as patriots, to depose your weapons to end the self-destruction that the protracted useless and senseless war is causing to Angola, since 1975.

01 May 2001
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Human Rights Watch

01 May 2001
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Former political prisoner, Rafael Marques, argues that no matter what the revelations about the role of oil and diamonds in the Angolan war, for the majority of Angolans they will be little more than excuses used to justify the carnage. The core issue is the right of the Angolan people to live in peace.


Rafael Marques
01 May 2001
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Peter Kreysler and Elise Fried

Since its independence in 1975 Angola has been ravaged by a civil war, a war that will continue as long as both warring parties still have enough money to buy ever more weapons. Peter Kreysler and Elise Fried describe how they get this money.

The gentle hills next to Luanda's port reach to the shimmering blue Atlantic Ocean. The fresh sea breeze blows into the capital, which makes breathing possible in the biggest African black market with all its different odours.

01 May 2001
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Shortly after achieving independence from Portugal in 1975, armed conflict broke out between the Peoples' Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Union for Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). The civil war lasted nearly 20 years, in which the MPLA controlled the majority of the country and the UNITA fought a guerrilla war against the government forces. The war ended with the 1 May 1991 Bicesse peace accords, which led to presidential elections in 1992.