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Barbara Dowling

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 19 Mar 2012
End of detention:
  • 2 May 2012
Pays:
  • Grande Bretagne
Description:
  • Three month's imprisonment for painting "political graffiti" on the walls of the court following a 2010 trial in which they maintained that the court did not uphold international law with respect to the illegality of the Trident nuclear weapon system. Released on 2 May 2012.

Barbara Dowling

Pays:
  • Grande Bretagne
Activist type:
  • Nonviolent activist


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Conscientious objection in the armed forces

By Guy Skelton

After the end of national service in the early 1960s, the creation of a volunteer armed forces led to the issue of conscientious objection in Britain being largely relegated to the annals of history. However, a freedom of information request by The Independent revealed that since 1999 there have been 21 applications from members of the armed forces for discharge on the grounds of conscientious objection.

The case of R v Lyons 2011] EWCA Crim 2808 highlights the difficulties volunteer armed forces face in relation to conscientious objection.

Women Paint For Peace at Glasgow Recruiting Office.

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Glasgow recruiting officeGlasgow recruiting officeThree women painted the windows of the Army recruiting office in Glasgow yesterday, 1st March, in protest at the dishonest propaganda used to persuade young people to join up.

HMP Bronzefield

Pays: 
Grande Bretagne
Detention centre address: 

Woodthorpe Road
Ashford, Middlesex
TW15 3JZ

Detentions: 

Maya Evans

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 29 Feb 2012
End of detention:
  • 12 Mar 2012
Pays:
  • Grande Bretagne
Description:
  • Jailed for 13 days today for non-payment of over £300 in fines and costs, stemming from a court case in November 2009 for taking part in a nonviolent “Die-in for NATO’s Victims in Afghanistan” outside Britain’s military nerve centre at Northwood

Maya Evans

Pays:
  • Grande Bretagne
Activist type:
  • Nonviolent activist


War Profiteer of the Month: Clarion Events

DSEi, the world's biggest arms fair, opens in east London on September 13, 2011. But arms fairs don't organise themselves - a lot of work goes into inviting the right mix of despots and dealers. So who makes DSEi happen?

Michael Lyons

Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 5 Jul 2011
End of detention:
  • 27 Nov 2011
Pays:
  • Grande Bretagne
Description:
  • Sentenced to seven month's detention, reduction in rank, and dismissal from the Royal Navy for wilful disobedience.

Britain: conscientious objector Michael Lyons sentenced to seven month detention for "disobedience"

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British conscientious objector Michael Lyons was court-martialed on 4 and 5 July, on charges of "disobeying a lawful order". Michael Lyons joined the Royal Navy as a medic in 2005, and applied for discharge as a conscientious objector in summer 2010. Although his Commanding Officer supported his CO application, it was rejected higher up in September 2010. Almost immediately, Michael Lyons appealed to the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection (ACCO), which heard his appeal in December 2010, and recommended to Minister of Defence Liam Fox to reject Michael Lyons' appeal.

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