Campaigns: Prisoners for Peace Day

1st December is Prisoners for Peace Day. For over 60 years, War Resisters' International have, on this day, made known the names and stories of those imprisoned because of their actions for peace. Many are conscientious objectors, in gaol for refusing to join the military. Others have taken nonviolent actions to disrupt preparation for war.

This day is a chance for you to demonstrate your support for those individuals and their movements, by writing to those whose freedom has been taken away from them because of their work for peace.

While WRI has a permanent Prisoners for Peace list, which we make a special effort to update for Prisoners for Peace Day on December 1st.

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01 Dec 1999

1. December 1999: Prisoners for Peace Day

By Andreas Speck

01 Dec 1999

Matt Meyer provides a review of the movement to free the Puerto Rican political prisoners and an exclusive conversation with former prisoner Alejandrina Torres

01 Dec 1999

If instead of being hanged by the neck
you're thrown inside
for not giving up hope
in the world, in your country, in people,
if you do ten or fifteen years
apart from the time you have left,
you won't say
'Better I had swung from the end of a rope like a flag'-
you'll put your foot down and live.
I might not be a pleasure exactly,
but it's your solemn duty
to live one more day
to spite the enemy.
Part of you many live alone inside
like a stone at the bottom of a well.
But the other part
must be so caught up
in the flurry or the world
that you shiver there inside

01 Dec 1999


Samvel Manukyan (in 07/97, out 05/00)
g Kosh, ITK, Nachalniku, Armenia
Objector, Jehovah's Witness, reported to have been severely beaten.

Karen Voskanian (in 09/98 - expected out 04/01)
g Gyumri, SIZO, Nachalniku, Armenia
Objector, Jehovah's Witness

Gagik Ohanian
Artur Stepanian
Armen Asoian
Grigor Daian
Artur Martirosian
Ruslan Ohanganian
Gurgen Sevoian
All are imprisoned as a result of their conscientious objection to military service.

01 Jul 1999

1..CONCODOC (Conscription and Conscientious Objection Documentation Project.)

A. "Refusing to bear arms"

01 Dec 1998
For forty years War Resisters' International has publicised the names and stories of prisoners of conscience.
01 Nov 1998
1 December is International Prisoners for Peace Day, and every year War Resisters' International invites supporters to send greetings cards to prisoners. The Honour Roll includes those imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service and for nonviolent action against war preparations.
Each year the day has a focus on a particular region or campaign: this year we highlight political prisoners in Indonesia, East Timor and West Papua.


01 Nov 1998
  • On 1 December, put aside at least one hour and write at least four cards to prisoners;
  • If possible, invite friends around and make an evening of it -- remember to bring nice cards, pens, photos, and some money for postage;
  • Get your peace group or class or place of worship to organise a card-writing session;
  • Set up a stall in your town centre -- make a mock prison cell to highlight the plight of the prisoners.

Sending cards and letters

  • Always send your card in an envelope;
  • Include a return name and address on the envelope
01 Nov 1998