International CO day

A letter from Colombia

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.


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.

Upcoming events: International Conscientious Objectors' Day // WRI Seminar and Council 2007

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.

The Right to Refuse to Kill

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).

Operation Refuse War in New York and Washington

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.

Operation Refuse War: A week of action uniting resisters

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


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.

We Will Not Kill: International Conscientious Objectors Speak Out

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.

Operation Refuse War

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.

Operation Refuse War

Stephen Funk was one of the first resisters who went to prison for his conscientious objection to the war in Iraq in 2003, serving six months. For The Broken Rifle, he tells his story.

Women Resisting War

War Resisters League Peace Award

Since 1958, WRI's US section War Resisters League honours a person or organisation whose work represents the WRL's radical platform of action with the WRL Peace Award. Recipients have included peace agitator A.J. Muste, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, feminist and pacifist theorist Barbara Deming, Plowshares movement founder Daniel Berrigan, Gulf War Resisters, and many others.
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