Dear readers of co-update.

Welcome to the April issue of co-update, this time published even a few days early, due to our participation in the protests against the NATO summit in Strasbourg from 1-5 April 2009 (see Upcoming events below).

This issue includes some reports on the issue of conscientious objection during the process of the Universal Periodic Review, a process of the new Human Rights Council of the United Nations. The issue of conscientious objection has been brought up in relation to several countries, some of which is being reported on in this issue of co-update. We will continue to monitor the proceedings within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review, and we are working with other organisations, especially Conscience and Peace Tax International, to feed information into the process.

However, to continue to do this work War Resisters' International depends on your donations. We therefore ask you to donate to WRI online now at wri-irg.org/en/donate-en.htm.

Andreas Speck