Image linked to donate page Image linked to Countering the Militarisation of Youth website (external link) Image linked to webshop

Connexion utilisateur

Interface language

Diaspora link
Facebook link link
Twitter link

Militarisation of Youth

Get the military out of education! Join a day of action

Military out of schoolMilitary out of schoolWRI are jointly coordinating an international Day of Action For Military-Free Education and Research on 14 June 2013 - part of our Countering the Militarisation of Youth work. The day will be based on a recent German week of action, with 100+ groups and actions in 8+ cities. Education centres were leafleted with info highlighting dangers of joining the military, accompanied sometimes with fake blood, a coffin, and chocolate 'medicine' (to protect students against military propaganda).

Nuclear Weapons and Militarisation in the UK

Militarisation in the UK generally

'Militarisation' means the ways in which the presence and approaches of the military (typically state armed forces and Defence Ministries) are normalised in a society. Military solutions are prioritised, and the military is privileged in various ways.

A society has to be militarised for a government to justify the development and maintenance of nuclear weapons to its citizens; militarisation creates a culture of acceptance. It popularises military euphemisms such as 'Defence', 'Security', and – particularly relevant to nuclear weapons – 'deterrant', and makes it hard to for those challenging these to be seen as credible.

L’antimilitarisme en action

En septembre 2012, une semaine d’action antimilitariste a eu lieu en Allemagne: évaluation.

L’idée d’une semaine d’action est née en mars 2012 à Mannheim au sein d’un petit groupe lors de la «conférence d’action de PAXX», une rencontre ouverte qui réunit des antimilitaristes, et se cantonnait à l’origine au thème «La Bundeswehr (ndt: l’armée allemande) dans les écoles». Cependant, en raison d’un intérêt prononcé, celui-ci a été rapidement complété, sur demande de comités du mouvement pour la clause civile, par le thème «l’armée et la recherche sur l’armement dans les établissements d’enseignement supérieur». Toutes les propositions ont été acceptées et la semaine d’action «Pour une éducation et un secteur de la recherche sans armée» a été organisée du 24 au 29 septembre 2012. La coordination de cette semaine d’action, c’est-à-dire l’organisation et l’envoi de tracts dans tout le pays ainsi que la maintenance du site internet de l’action, était concentrée dans le Bade-Wurtemberg et a été assurée par la campagne « Pas d’école pour la Bundeswehr dans le Bade-Wurtemberg».

China doles out offers to attract youth to Army

Beijing: As it modernises its 2.3 million strong military with hefty defence spending, China is offering "well-educated" youth offers of preferential policies, ranging from promotions and access to advanced education to join its People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Young people with college degrees will receive preferential treatment during this year's recruitment period, which begins from tomorrow, a recruitment spokesman from the Ministry of National Defence said today.

Tajikistan Blocks NGO from Investigating Press Gangs

Informed observers in Tajikistan are continuing to tell that this week’s shuttering of a prominent human rights group had nothing to do with its alleged technical violations (moving its office without reporting to authorities, publishing its findings on a website) and everything to do with its persistent investigation into abuses of military conscripts.

Kazakhstan to introduce "defence training" for all

Kazakhstan will introduce universal military training for all adult citizens, according to a government decree published on 2nd August.

"The goal of universal military training of citizens is to attract the population to civil defence activities, prepare for necessary contingencies, and build up the armed forces in the period of martial law," the document said.

Training will be compulsory for males aged 16 to 60 years, and women between 18 and 45 years who are childless or whose children are older than 10 years.

Committee on the Rights of the Child: Concluding observations: Australia

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 8, paragraph 1, of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict

Concluding observations: Australia

11 July 2012



Direct participation

Countering the Militarisation of Youth

The international study conference on Countering the Militarisation of Youth, which took place from 8-10 June 2012 in Darmstadt, Germany, was a great success. With the conference we made an important step towards more cooperation and exchange among groups working on militarisation of youth in a range of topical areas and countries. For the conference, we brought together 65 participants from 14 countries and four continents, which in itself has been a great achievement. Our discussions enriched our understanding of militarisation, and helped to inspire us how to resist this militarisation.

Syndiquer le contenu