International Conscientious Objection Day 2017

Start date: 
15 May 2017

Every year, 15th May marks International Conscientious Objection day - a day to celebrate those who have and those who continue to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military structures.

You can use the hashtag #CODay (o #díaOC en español)

Email with your events and they can be added here.


Webinar RAMALC: Negociaciones de paz y profundización de la militarización en Colombia. La Red Antimilitarista de América Latina y el Caribe (RAMALC) junto con Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia de Bogotá (ACOOC) les invita a un webinar (seminario web) el día lunes 15 de mayo a las 3pm hora de Colombia y a las 8pm hora UTC. Para participar del webinar por favor inscribirse en el siguiente enlace. Más información.





There will be a demonstration in Helsinki, demanding the freeing of Israeli conscientious objectors, prisoners for peace in Israel, and Europe's and Finland's arms trade with Israel. 



15th May: 18.30 – 21.30. Fritz-Salm-Str. 12 in 68167 Mannheim: the inauguration of the André Shepherd Weg in an area within a former barracks of the U.S. army. More info here.

Statements have been made for CO day by the Protestant Association for Conscientious Objection and Peace, and the International League for Human Rights.

Republic of Korea


13th May: Bicycle ride to welcome the International CO day. Let's step on the pedal of peace! 2pm: Departure in front of the Constitutional Court , arrive in front of the National Assembly c. 5pm. Route: Constitutional Court -> Gwanghwamun Station -> Seodaemun Station -> Gongdeok Station -> Mapo Bridge -> Entry into Yeouido -> in front of the National Assembly.

More info here.



15th May, 15:00: Press conference by the Conscientious Objection Association at the Human Rights Associsation Istanbul office. More info here.

15th May, 19:30: Public forum on antimilitarism in Istanbul by Komsu Kafe Collective. More info here.

16th May, 19:00: Workshop, "Conscientious objection during state of emergency," by the Conscientious Objection Association held at the Human Rights Associsation Istanbul office. More info here.

United Kingdom


15th May, 11:30–14:00: Cambridge Guildhall. More info here.

Cardiff/ Caerdydd

18th May, 18.30: Wreath-laying in the Garden of Peace, attached to the Temple of Peace. Followed by an evening event with speakers from Cytin (Churches Together in Wales), the United Nations Association and the Peace Pledge Union.


15th May,17:00-18:00: Meet at the foot of the Mound. By the National Gallery, Princes St.
With Singing by Protest in harmony, readings of poems and the names of COs from across Scotland, as well as contemporary COs from around the world, and recollections by the descendants of First World War COs. Organised by: Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre
Contact: Brian Larkin,  0131 629 1058,


14th May: 12.30 - 13.30 at the memorial to Conscientious Objectors in WW1 on Peace Walk: ring food to share, poetry and song! More info here.


15th May: 18.00 - 20.00. (Refreshments available from 17.30): The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane. The Merseyside Peace Network shows 'People Who don't Take Up Arms' - a film on COs in South Korea. Info here.


15th May, 12:00 in Tacistock Sq London WC1. Flyer here.

18th, 19th, 20th May: Play - 'Devils on Horseback: Conscientious Objectors on Trial in Deptford', Goldsmiths, University of London. Info and tickets here.


15th May, 12.00: Hour-long vigil with leaflets on Hay Hill in the city centre. Organised by: Norwich Quakers. Contact: joy [at]


14th May, 12.30: meet at HMS Nelson gate, Queens Street, to walk about 2 miles to Sallyport, singing peace songs and giving the Portsmouth pink peace scarf another outing. More info:


May 13th, 14.30 – 15.30: Ceremony at the Peace Gardens and Sheffield Cenotaph in Barker’s Pool. You can also joing the 'Choir for Peace', which is rehearsing in advance. More info:



15th May, 11:30: Peace Flag raising ceremony, first at Civic Center flagpole at 2180 Milvia Street, corner of Allston Way and then at the flagpole at MLK, Jr. Civic Center Park, 2151 MLK, Jr. Way (between Center Street and Allston Way, across from Old City Hall), Berkeley. More info here.


14th May: Iowa City Public Library, Room A "Non-Cooperation Requires Cooperation: Conscientious Objection in Iowa, 1857–1950". More info here.

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