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War is a Crime against Humanity: The Story of The War Resisters' International

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War Stops Here: support international resistance at the London arms fair

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In September 2017, thousands of arms dealers will descend on London to market their wares to militaries from across the globe. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) - is one of the biggest arms fairs in the world, and it takes place in east London every two years, exporting death and destruction around the world.

We are the international resistance to DSEI, and we need your help.

Mise à jour : les objecteurs de conscience Israëliens

Atalia Ben-Abba is an imprisoned Israeli conscientious objectorAtalia Ben-Abba is an imprisoned Israeli conscientious objectorAprès 115 jours d'emprisonnement, l'objecteur de conscience Israëlienne Tamar Ze'evi a obtenu la resonnaissance de son objection au service militaire , et a reçu le statut d'OC pour raison de refus politique. Cependant, les objecteurs de conscience  Atalia Ben-Abba et Tamar Alon ont été de nouveau emprisonnés pour avoir refusé de prendre part à l'occupation et de servir dans l'armée israëlienne IDF. C'est la second fois qu’Atalia a été emprisonné, et la sixième fois  pour Tamar, et tous deux passeront 30 jours de plus derrière des barreaux. Cliquez ici pour envoyer un courriel de protestation aux autorités Israëliennes.

En plus de notre alerte par e-mail, vous pouvez aussi envoyer vos messages de solidarité à Atalia et Tamar. Cliquez sur ce lien pour leur écrire et vos messages seront transmis.

Réflexions sur le soutien aux « prisonniers de paix »

Paul Magno

États-Unis, juillet 2012, trois activistes en faveur du désarmement : Greg Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice et Michael Walli, participent à une action pacifique directe, baptisée « Transform Now Ploughshares », au Y12 National Security Complex à Oak Ridge au Tennessee. Bien que datant des débuts du projet Manhattan, pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Oak Ridge demeure un maillon essentiel de la capacité de production d’armes nucléaires des États-Unis. Lors de cette opération, les trois activistes traversent le terrain de la réserve fédérale pendant la nuit, franchissent quatre barrières de sécurité et bravent le HEUMF (Highly Enriched Uranium Maintenance Facility), un dépôt de 400 tonnes d’uranium enrichi en quantité suffisante pour la fabrication de 10 000 armes nucléaires. Une fois sur place, ils délimitent le secteur avec du ruban de scène de crime, déploient des bannières aux messages pacifistes et barbouillent les murs du bâtiment avec du sang humain et des messages de paix extraits de la Bible.

La réunion du Comité de l'IRG, London

Date de début: 
11 Sep 2017 - 12 Sep 2017

Previous actions against DSEIPrevious actions against DSEILa réunion du Comité de l'IRG de cette année aura lieu à Londres en septembre, ce qui coïncide avec le salon DSEI – Salon International de l’Equipement de Défense et de Sécurité – le plus grand salon au monde de l'équipement de défense. Nous prendrons part à des activités avant et après le Comité afin de perturber la foire. Le programme de nos activités pour ces événements est comme suit :

  • vendredi 8 septembre : arrivée et préparations.
  • samedi 9 septembre : participation à la grande journée d'action avec CAT -Campagne contre le Commerce des Armes.
  • dimanche 10 septembre : activité publique contre la militarisation internationale et le commerce des armes
  • lundi 11 et mardi 12 septembre: réunion du Comité

WRI in 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, we're looking back on what WRI has been up to this year - we thought we would share some of the highlights,as we look towards a 2017 of radical action against war and it's causes!

Bram, Luis and Javier, outside courtBram, Luis and Javier, outside courtEarly in the year, we were excited to hear the news that several members of WRI affiliates in Europe were found "not guilty!" in a trial that exposed the criminality of the DSEi arms fair. Javier, Bram and Luis travelled from Belgium to London in September 2015 to help blockade the entrances of the huge weapons fair alongside activists from the UK. At the end of the year, we were also relieved to hear that members of Spanish group AA-MOC had their charges dropped, following an action to disrupt a NATO training event in 2015.

In April, members of the WRI network travelled to Turkey to take part in a delegation, visiting Diyarbakir and towns effected by the curfews and armed conflict that has gripped the region. The delegation inspired a petition to the EU, and a speakers tour of European cities.

Refuse to Occupy - 1st December international day of action

During November and December three young Israeli women will refuse to conscript and serve the Israeli occupation. They would rather sit in prison than inflict military rule in the West Bank, and oppress Palestinians.

Welcome to four new WRI affiliates!

International Day of Nonviolence in South Sudan. Photo: ONADInternational Day of Nonviolence in South Sudan. Photo: ONADAt our eCouncil meeting this month, we were really glad to welcome four new organisations as Associate Organisations of War Resisters' International. They are:

Campaign Against Arms Trade (Britain), working to end the international arms trade and to promote progressive demilitarisation in arms-producing countries.

NESEHNUTÍ (Czech Republic): a social and ecological non-governmental organization, that works principally on the basis that ecological and social problems have shared causes and consequences which must be resolved. All our activities aim to show that social change based on respect for people, animals and nature is possible, and, most importantly must be led from below. Therefore, we support people who are interested and engaged in what is happening around them and who consider responsibility for life on our planet as an integral part of their own freedom. We work independently of party and economic interests, using strictly non-violent means.

Şiddetsizlik egitim ve arastirma dernegi (Nonviolence Education and Research Centre, Turkey): 'To achieve our dream of a nonviolent world we organize trainings, produce knowledge and share our resources. In doing so, our methods are non-hierarchical, participatory and based on solidarity and consensus. In this context, we aim to develop creative nonviolent campaigning tools and policy-making instruments, to share these instruments and to empower everyone struggling for a nonviolent world. Because we believe that a world without discrimination and oppression, where social justice exists and conflicts are solved in nonviolent ways, is possible.

VD AMOK (the Netherlands) -  a Dutch anti-militarist and conscientious objectors organization, non-governmental and non-profit, that works closely together with peace movements and peace organizations to create a peaceful, fair and stable world.

Three organisations already affiliated to WRI as Associate Organisations were also admitted as Sections of WRI. They are Alternatives to Violence Project, Nigeria; the Organization for Nonviolence and Development (South Sudan) and Žene u crnom (Women in Black Serbia).

We look forward to working more with all of these organisations towards a world without war!

#WarStartsHere: opposing the Paris arms fair

This week the Eurosatory arms fair is taking place in Paris. The 'Defence and Security' fair, one of the largest in the world, takes place every two years. For many years, opposition to Eurosatory took the form of one woman, Yvonna Kressman, faithfully standing outside on her own, over decades. Gradually the word has spread, and this year campaigners from Germany, England, Belgium and the Netherlands joined French antimilitarists and others to make sure it wasn't “business as usual” for the arms trade.

Put arms dealers on trial, not peace activists

Alongside other peace activists, WRI members from around Europe are in court in London from next Monday on trial for their disruption of the DSEI arms fair in September last year.
Anyone available to join us in solidarity in the Court next week, check out Stop The Arms Fair Facebook event for info:
Use #stopDSEI to share you solidarity with Javier, Bram, Luis and others in the run up to their court appearance next week.
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