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

19 Mar 2007
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Dear friends and war resisters,

You receive a fraternal greeting from the National Assembly of Conscientious Objectors - ANOOC, a network of organizations and groups from different regions of Colombia who are promoting conscientious objection against all - legal and illegal - armed groups, with a nonviolent approach.
19 Mar 2007
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Since the 1980s, 15 May is celebrated as International Conscientious Objectors' Day. Originally coordinated by the International Conscientious Objectors' Meeting (ICOM), War Resisters' International stepped in to coordinate and promote International Conscientious Objectors' Day since ICOM ceased to meet ever since ICOM 1995 in Chad.

01 Feb 2007
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15 May - International Conscientious Objectors' Day

International Conscientious Objectors' Day 2007 will focus on the situation of conscientious objection in Colombia. Already in April 2007, several groups of Colombian objectors will tour Western Europe to help to build and strengthen a support network for Colombian objectors. The central activities for International Conscientious Objectors' Day will take place in Medellin, Colombia, around 15 May 2007.

01 Jan 2007
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Since the founding of War Resisters' International in 1921, the right to refuse to kill - conscientious objection - has been at the core of WRI's work. Although this right to today recognised as an international standard, it is in practice often not granted, and those who claim their right are thrown into prison, or worse (see for example the article on Eritrea in this Broken Rifle).

01 Jun 2006
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From 11-16 May, Operation Refuse War too place in New York City and Washington DC - marking International Conscientious Objectors' Day 2006 with a focus on the situation of and support to US war resisters: GIs applying for conscientious objector status, going AWOL, or finding other ways to get discharged from the military.

01 May 2006
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In Celebration of International Conscientious Objectors' Day
May 11-16 2006
New York City and Washington DC

Conference

Operation Refuse War: An International Conference of Resisters to Global War

Conference Timetable

All events are located at Church of the Brethren, 37 North Carolina Ave.
01 May 2006
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Public Event in New York City: Thursday May 11th 2006, 7pm-9pm

Bringing together conscientious objectors from South Korea, Colombia, Israel, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and the United States, this panel and discussion will explore the potential of conscientious objection as a strategy for building a global anti-war movement. Free and open to the public.

Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place, Manhattan

Directions: Corner of 15th Street and Rutherford Place, facing Stuyvesant Park.

01 May 2006
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Operation Refuse War

Through workshops, actions, and an international conference, Operation Refuse War will highlight the difficulties that current conscientious objectors face as well as help build relationships and connections between the various communities within the anti-war movement.

01 May 2006
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15th May is International Conscientious Objectors' Day, and in 2006 War Resisters' International focuses on the situation of and support to US war resisters: GIs applying for conscientious objector status, going AWOL, or finding other ways to get discharged from the military.

01 May 2006
English

Operation Refuse War

15 May - International Conscientious Objectors Day

For more information, contact the WRI Office, or check for updates on www.operationrefusewar.org.

Globalising Nonviolence, 23-27 July 2006, Germany

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