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WRI Speech accepting the Friedrich-Siegmund Schultze Award

By Joanne Sheehan, WRI Chair

It is an honor to be here and an honor for War Resisters' International to receive the Friedrich Siegmund-Schultze Award.

War Resisters' International is based on the declaration made by each member that "War is a crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war and to strive for the removal of all causes of war." A WRI network of more than 85 pacifists groups in over 40 countries has a commitment to this declaration. And that number continues to grow.

Zitate aus den Grußworten zur Preisverleihung:

Pfarrer Dr. Samuel Kobia, Genf, Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK):

"Es ist mir eine Freude, Ihnen heute die Glückwünsche und den herzlichen Dank des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen zu übermitteln. Über viele Generationen und an unzähligen Orten sind Kriegshelden geehrt und gefeiert worden, während Kriegsdienstverweigerer unter Verachtung und Unehre litten und im Gefängnis landeten.

War Resisters' International receives Friedrich-Siegmund Schultze award to support nonviolent activities

Award ceremony in Speyer, Germany, on 28 September

War Resisters' International has received the Friedrich-Siegmund Schultze[1] award to support nonviolent activities in 2004.

Report on the volunteer work carried out by Alberto Estefanía during the 2002-2003 year

This report aims to offer a general overview of Alberto Estefanía Hurtado's contributions to the WRI office during the 2002-2003 year.

His volunteer work can be divided into four basic categories:

1. His contribution to the Dealing With The Past programme

Between February and September, the bulk of his work was within this programme.

Report on the volunteer work carried out by Katarina Putnik during 2004

I have been an intern at WRI from 19th of January to 25th February 2004.

A velvet revolution in Georgia?

The changes in Georgia might not be as positive as it seems on first view

After the parliamentary elections in Georgia on 2 November the opposition was very quick to shout "fraud"! What followed then was a well orchestrated wave of protests, which brought the Caucasus state to the brink of a civil war, and lead in the end to the resignation of president Eduard Shevardnardze. However, there is only one serious candidate for the new presidential elections, to be held in January: Saakashvili, the leader of the opposition movement. A revolution in Georgia? Hardly.

War Resisters' International (encyclopedia entry)

Entry on WRI in Encyclopaedia of Nonviolence (Garland Publishing 1997)

War Resisters' International

International antiwar organization with members and affiliates in over thirty countries. Headquartered in London, War Resisters' International (WRI) co-publishes the monthly Peace News in English and an internal bulletin The Broken Rifle (in English, French, German, and Spanish).

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