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Militarisation of Youth


Webinaire: Résistance à la militarisation en Corée du Sud

Ce jeudi 25 mai, la Ligue des Résistants à la Guerre a organisé un webinaire sur l’objection de conscience, l’éducation à la paix et comment lutter contre la militarisation de la jeunesse en Corée du Sud. Dans ce webinaire, nous serons rejoints par deux militants basés à Séoul, Hanui Choi (de PEACE MOMO) et Seungho Park ( de Un Monde sans Guerre), qui ont agi au sein du monde pacifiste pendant des années.L’enregistrement du webinaire sera bientôt disponible.

eColombie: L'Objecteur de Conscience Diego Blanco a été recruté illégalement

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Diego Blanco has been illegally recruited into the Colombian militaryDiego Blanco has been illegally recruited into the Colombian militaryL'Objecteur de Conscience Diego Blanco de Colombie a été recruté illégalement par l’armée Colombienne, en dépit de son droit à un sursis en raison de son statut d’étudiant. Il est actuellement forcé de faire son service   dans la Compagnie de Cavalerie Mécanisée No 4 Juan de Corral de l’armée Colombienne à Rionegro, Antioquia.

Depuis sa déclaration comme Objecteur de Conscience le 20 mars 2017, Diego Blanco a été soumis à l’agression et au harcèlement de ses supérieurs. Quand il a refusé de prendre une arme cette semaine, il a été attaqué par l’Adjudant-Chef  Oscar Camacho Cartagena et a été menacé de cour martiale pour désobéissance et insubordination.

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This week is the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth

This week is the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth (14-20 November). There are many actions and events, organised by groups from different countries, happening this week. Please see the list below.

The week is a concerted effort of antimilitarist actions across the world to raise awareness of, and challenge, the ways young people are militarised, and to give voice to alternatives.

A Call to Action: International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth

Would you like to take action against the militarisation of youth with many others across the world?

War Resisters' International is organising the 3rd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth from 14 to 20 November this year. The week is a concerted effort of antimilitarist actions across the world to raise awareness of, and challenge, the ways young people are militarised, and to give voice to alternatives.

If you would like to join the activists all around the world taking action against the militarisation of youth, contact us via cmoy@wri-irg.org

Read more here.

Colombia: new report shows banned recruitment practices are still used; Constitutional Court urges release of student recruited

A new report from ACOOC addresses recruitment to the military in Colombia, focusing on the phenomenon of arbitrary detention - usually undertaken through batidas (raids). Though batidas are banned, this report shows that, in practice, they are still common.

The report has been produced by the Acción colectiva de objetores y objetoras de conciencia (ACOOC: Conscientious Objectors' Collective Action) based on information collected in conjunction with other organisations and groups in the Proceso Distrital de Objeción de Conciencia.

In January, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled that the army should release Cristian Andrés Cortés Calderón. Cristian had been recruited last August, whilst he was still in his final year of high school. Students are allowed to postone military service, but Cristian was nonetheless called up. In court, Cristian's father said that Cristian also works at night in a supermarket to financially support his family. The court ordered that he be released from the military within 48 hours.

The Court however also ruled that Cristian would still be liable for conscription when his studies end.

Sources: corteconstitucional, Sentencia T-004/16, 19 January 2016; Caracol Radio, Ejército no puede reclutar a estudiantes de bachillerato así sean mayores de edad, 23 February 2016.

Court solidarity for anti-arms trade activists in New Zealand

Activists from Peace Action Wellington (PAW) organised two days of nonviolent direct actions against the annual Weapons Conference held in New Zealand (NZ) last November. Following their peaceful protests, dozens were arrested and taken to court. 26 activists returned to court on 18 February to defend their right to peaceful demonstration. As an outcome, 25 protesters are still facing charges and were remanded to appear again on 11th March.

Interview with Peace Action Wellington, New Zealand

Originally published on WRI's antimili-youth.net website

Activists from Peace Action Wellington (PAW) organised two days of nonviolent direct actions against the annual Weapons Conference held in New Zealand (NZ) last November. Following their peaceful protests, 27 activists - 26 of whom keep fighting charges - were arrested and taken to court. On 18 February they are standing trial again, defending their right to peaceful demonstration for peace and justice.

Sending our solidarity messages to the activists in Wellington, we reached Valerie Morse from PAW and asked her about their campaign Stop the Weapons Conference as well as many other questions on militarism and the antimilitarist movement in New Zealand.

Colombia: FARC announced they will no longer recruit under 18s

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia: FARC) have released the first of an estimated 2,000 child soldiers from within its ranks. Last week, it declared its intention to stop recruiting under 18s.

Report from the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth

Joves d'Esquerra Verda activists in front of the Department of Education of Catalonia in Bacelona, 20.11.2015Joves d'Esquerra Verda activists in front of the Department of Education of Catalonia in Bacelona, 20.11.2015The 2nd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth was held between 14-20 November with many activists taking actions and organising events across the world.  The week followed the first ever week of action took place last year and a day of action held in 2013.

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