Nonviolence Programme

War Resisters' International Nonviolence Programme

The Nonviolence Programme works sharing resources in nonviolent campaigning and action - such as the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns; coordinates and leads nonviolence training and promotes campaigning on war profiteering - including the publication of War Profiteers' News.

Why a Nonviolence Programme

War Resisters' International is based on the declaration:

Recent War Profiteers posts

10 Oct 2014
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The finished work from the airThe finished work from the air

Planned for the week of the Small Actions, Big Movements WRI conference, this installation in the middle of Cape Town's grand parade was delayed due to the inclement weather. Three months on, we're delighted to see it finally take shape! The broken AK-47 is covered in money, to highlight the corruption amongst those who profit from war.

Description from the artists: "Resistance" is a giant wheat paste public art installation; a world record spanning more than 100 meters. The image is of a broken AK -47. Resistance was born from a conversation between Ralph Ziman and (anti-arms activist) and Terry Crawford-Browne (one of the organisers of the Small Actions, Big Movements WRI conference).

Resistance was inspired by War Resisters' International - an anti-war organization founded in the wake of the First World War. War Resisters has existed for almost a century and has branches all around the world. The logo has always been a rifle, broken in half by a pair of hands.

Photos and footage thanks to the Resistance project and MUTI films.

Recent Nonviolence Programme related publications

21 Oct 2014
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By Bill Hetherington

Roy Prockter, who died suddenly on 18 June, aged 64, from a heart attack, was a chartered accountant and an active Quaker, who made both his professional skills and his commitment to nonviolence available to a number of radical pacifist groups and organisations.

One of his main concerns was the compulsory deduction of taxes contributing towards maintaining armed forces and providing lethal weapons.

21 Oct 2014
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Please note that there are many websites that can send texts online, so it is not necessary to have a fax machine yourself.

TO THE 5TH ARMY CORPS MİLİTARY COURT JUDGESHIP

17 Oct 2014
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A small group of undocumented young immigrants have been given the right to apply for enlistment into the army as a fast-track to citizenship if their deportation has already been deferred under the DREAM act and they have special language skills.

17 Oct 2014
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Ukraine announced on Thursday (Aug 28) that it will return to mandatory conscription in the coming months as its troops battle pro-Russian insurgents in the east.

17 Oct 2014
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Child Soldiers' International are taking the Ministry of Defence to judicial review over its discriminatory terms of service for those who enlist into the army as minors. These terms currently require minors to serve until they are 22, which could be 6 years for a soldier who enlisted at 16 compared to the four years' service required of those who enlist as adults.

Sources:

17 Oct 2014
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Trigger Warning: descriptions of bullying and torture. Two cases of extreme violence in the conscripted Korean military – one mass shooting and attempted suicide, one death by torture – have drawn public attention to the violence conscripts routinely face in the military, with 120 deaths a year occurring among them for the last five years.

Read more at:

17 Oct 2014
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North Korean women aged 17 and over will face seven years’ military conscription, starting in January. According to revised military service laws to be announced soon, military service for males will be increased from 10 years to 11 years.

17 Oct 2014
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Hardline haredi elements protested on Sunday morning against the arrest of yeshiva students who fail to present themselves when called up for army service, holding a small rally outside the Jerusalem draft office.

17 Oct 2014
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Young men from Chechnya are being drafted into Russia's armed forces for the first time

16 Oct 2014
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Colombia’s army has acknowledged that forcing youths into trucks on the pretext of checking their military status is against the law. These “illegal raids” are carried out in cities where army trucks illegally and forcibly pick up young men on the pretext of checking their military status. Military service is mandatory for Colombian men over the age of 18. There are, however, exceptions.

15 Oct 2014
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It's now been 20 years since three Jehovah's Witnesses in Eritrea have been imprisoned. Paulos Eyassu, Negede Teklemariam and Isaac Mogos were arrested on September 24, 1994. In the early years of their detention they were subjected to severe treatment and torture in Sawa prison camp, but their ill-treatment has lessened in recent years. They have never been charged with any crime. At least thirteen other Jehovah's Witness COs are also detained in Sawa - it is likely to be many more.

15 Oct 2014
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Dear friends,

2014: Facilitating a session at WRI's conference in Cape Town2014: Facilitating a session at WRI's conference in Cape TownTen years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life. In Chile, I received an announcement that a position at WRI was opening for work in nonviolence and decided to apply for it. To my surprise – and I think also to that of many others! - I was chosen to be the first coordinator of WRI's Nonviolence Programme. Today I'm writing to you to ask you to help this work continue.

The day I came to work, I was told: “OK, here is your desk. Now you need to produce a handbook on nonviolent action, and launch a global campaign against war profiteering” – all very straightforward indeed.

14 Oct 2014
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A full archive of co-alerts is available at wri-irg.org/news/alerts.

14 Oct 2014
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Militaries across the world gain access to young people through education systems.

It gives them an extraordinary chance to shape every generation's perception of military violence and lay the groundwork for future recruitment.

25 - 31 October sees the first international week of action for military-free education and research: a concerted effort of antimilitarist action across the world to raise awareness and challenge of the role the military have in education, and to give voice to alternatives.

13 Oct 2014
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El martes 7 de octubre se llevó a cabo un debate de control político, citado por el representante Alirio Uribe Muñoz en la Comisión 2da de Cámara y la representante Ana Paola Agudelo, representante por los colombianos en el exterior. El debate se realizó con el objetivo de buscar una respuesta oficial del Ministerio de Defensa, ante las numerosas denuncias presentadas en Bogotá y distintas regiones del país, sobre la realización de detenciones arbitrarias con fines de reclutamiento (batidas) por parte del Ejército Nacional, omitiendo abiertamente lo establecido por la Corte Constitucional en la Sentencia C-879/11 y vulnerando numerosos derechos fundamentales de cientos de jóvenes en el país.

Se presentaron numerosas y contundentes pruebas de la realización de este tipo de operativos y las graves implicaciones que estos conllevan para los jóvenes. Un documento con más de 900 casos denunciados, videos, notas de prensa, testimonios y denuncias formales se exhibieron durante el debate[1]. Una vez expuesta la práctica, la pregunta para el Ministro de Defensa y los altos mandos del Ejército fue sencilla: ¿Van a seguir realizando este tipo de procedimientos?

13 Oct 2014
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WRI has welcomed VİCDANİ RET DERNEĞİ (VR-DER) -  the Conscientious Objection Association in Turkey - as an associate member.

You can find their details on the list of affiliates here.

This weekend VR-DER issued the below statement, on the situation in Kobane, and the Turkish government's response to ISIS

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Conscientious Objection Association: We have neither a second nor a life to give to war!

The authorities initiated a “peace process” after the Turkish state and military conducted a thirty-year-old war which left thousands of casualties. The process was conceptualized as a step towards constructive dialogue with the Kurdish movement. However, the state did not abandon its long lived habit of providing peace with its arms, tanks and bombs. Families lost their children and funerals never stopped although a ceasefire was announced and armed groups left the Turkish borders.

10 Oct 2014
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World Leaders Take Action Now

Save precious lives, give peace a chance!

 

October 2014

08 Oct 2014
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Would you like to take action for military-free education and research?

You can join War Resisters' International's week of action from 25 - 31 October (as an individual or as a group). Find out more here.

Here are some ideas for actions:

08 Oct 2014
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Applications are open for the positions of Nonviolence Programme Worker and Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme Worker.

Information for both positions can be found on our website:

We look forward to receiving applications from people committed to nonviolence, with fundraising skills (or willingness to learn) and experience of nonviolent campaigning. Applicants should have knowledge of English and another language, and be willing to travel. All applicants should feel able to sign the WRI declaration: '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'. Full job descriptions and application forms can be found on the respective adverts.

The closing date for applications for both roles is 2 November, midnight (UTC).

Please share the job adverts with your contacts, and write to info@wri-irg.org with any questions.

07 Oct 2014
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05 Oct 2014
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War Resisters' International held its first quadrennial International Conference in Africa 4-8 July 2014, in Cape Town's City Hall. The conference we co-hosted by the Ceasefire Campaign.

The meeting brought together 220 activists, researchers, and campaigners doing peace and nonviolence work from around the world for five days. Of the 220 participants, over half were African. The public conference followed meetings of the Pan-African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network and the Women Peacemakers Program. Before and afterwards WRI's Council and Assembly meetings took place. The meeting will have impacts on WRI as a network for years to come.

03 Oct 2014
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In The Broken Rifle March 2004, No. 60 which focused on dealing with the past.

Roberta Bacic

03 Oct 2014
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Small Actions, Big Movements: the Continuum of NonviolenceSmall Actions, Big Movements: the Continuum of Nonviolence

02 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle, May 2008, No. 78.

Andreas Speck

02 Oct 2014
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100 issues of The Broken Rifle! In March 1986 WRI published the first ever The Broken Rifle (see number one here). This issues says: "This is a pilot edition of a new publication from War Resisters' International. We plan to produce it every two months". This newsletter started first as a news-sheet of no more than two A4 sides, covering stories from the WRI network, and through the years it has developed into WRI's main regular publication.

02 Oct 2014
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Each year on 1st December War Resisters' International and its member mark Prisoners for Peace Day, when we publicise the names and stories of those imprisoned for 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 them.

01 Oct 2014
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01 Oct 2014
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Christine Schweitzer

This hundredth issue of the Broken Rifle reprints articles that relate to the strategies affiliates of WRI are using and and issues they are dealing with. There are articles on direct nonviolent actions and on civil disobedience, articles discussing gender, conscientious objection, land grabbing, peace-building and antimilitarist trends in various regions. They reflect discussions we have had in WRI over the last 20 years.

01 Oct 2014
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01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 13, June/July 1989

War Resisters' International is horrified by the massacre of unarmed Chinese people around Tienanmen square and condemns it utterly. Only a leadership without the support and confidence of the people can order soldiers "by any means" to suppress nonviolent demonstrations for democratic rights and freedoms.

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 17, September 1990

US and Australian military personnel are refusign to go to the Gulf. US Marine Jeff Paterson is now on hunger strike in Hawaii. He declares:

I cannot and will not be a pawn in the US's power play for profits and oil in the Middle East. I will resist my scheduled departure by immediately filing for conscientious objector status, and physically refusing to board the plane. And if I am dragged out into the Saudi dessert, I will refuse to fight.

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 91, April 2012 on Land-grabbing and militarism

Howard Clark

From the men of property the order came: They sent the hired men and troopers to wipe out the Diggers' claim. "Tear down their cottages. Destroy their corn!" They were dispersed but still the vision carries on.

- Lines from Leon Rosselson's song celebrating the Diggers and their struggle for land in 17th century England

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 75, September 2007, it also featured in the 1st edition of the Handbook for Nonviolents Campaigns.

Joanne Sheehan

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 69, February 2006 as part of the special issue for the 2006 Globalising Nonviolence international conference.

Jochen Stay

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 94, December 2012.

Howard Clark

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 98, December 2013 with a special focus on Africa.

April Carter

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 93, August 2012 as part of the queer and antimilitarism issue. 

Miles Rutendo Tanhira

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 87, December 2010 as part of a Latin America special issue.

Pelao Carvallo

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 81, February 2009 as part of the Shut Down NATO issue.

Sian Jones

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 80, December 2008. This article is the result of material published in the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns and a session on gender and nonviolence at WRI's International Nonviolence Training Exchange, in Bilbao in October 2008.

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 71, September 2006 as part of an issue on war profiteering.

Joanne Sheehan and Javier Gárate

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 69, February 2006 as part of the special issue for the Globalising Nonviolence international conference.

Stellan Vinthagen

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 53, November 2003 as part of the South Korean Prisoners for Peace issue.

Jung-min Choi

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 47, February 2001, on the model of organising against the WTO in Seattle in 1999 and published in the special Nonviolence & Empowerment issue.

Viv Sharples

This basic organising structure was used for both the WTO protests in Seattle last November (N30), and the IMF/World Bank demonstrations in Washington DC on April 16 and 17 (A16). It aims to be empowering, democratic, flexible and inclusive.

Organising Collective

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 49, May 2001 as part of the International CO Day: focus on Angola issue.

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 30, December 1994 as part of the Prisoners for Peace issue.

MOC- Zaragoza

30 Sep 2014
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Title of Position: Nonviolence Programme Worker

War Resisters' International, a network of pacifist organisations and individuals around the world, is looking for a full-time staff-person for its Nonviolence Programme and other general office and networking tasks. The main area of work will be running and developing the Nonviolence Programme, working with other staff, the Executive Committee and the WRI network. Fundraising will be an integral part of the programme work.

Application pack:

30 Sep 2014
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Title of Position: Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme Worker

War Resisters' International, a network of pacifist organisations and individuals around the world, is looking for a staff-person for its Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme. Fundraising will be an integrated part of the programme work.

Application pack:

30 Sep 2014
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Dear Friends,

Looking back over the months since I last wrote, I'm realising it has been quite action-packed, without much time for reflection, but sometimes this is where life and work leads you!  Writing a letter is a great way of taking half a step back from the email inbox and to-do list, so I'm very grateful for that.  It was a privilege to travel to Cape Town in South Africa for three weeks in July, to attend the War Resisters' International (WRI) international conference, where the printed version of the 'Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns' I have been editing was released. There have also been several actions at Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment, and we've been getting on with the final preparations for the 'Wool Against Weapons' event on the 9th August.

30 Sep 2014
Spanish

Con este acto de denuncia, y portando pancartas con los lemas “La Guerra empieza aquí. ¡¡PARÉMOSLA” y “ROTA Alguién te USA”, miembros de la Red Antimilitarista y Noviolenta de Andalucía (R.A.N.A.) denuncian el papel clave de la base militar de Rota (Cádiz) – tanto la parte estadounidense como la parte española – en la estrategia intervencionista militar de la Unión Europea, de la OTAN y de los EE.UU.

26 Sep 2014
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The program was roughly developed in advance, but I left space for joint changes during the work in order to adjust to the specific needs of the people present in the group. It was as follows:

Day 1

  • Introduction of the group and participants

  • Wall paper: When I hear of the term DwP I think of…

  • Small groups: What bothers me in stories about the war? Presentations in plenary.

26 Sep 2014
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Back to job advert

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26 Sep 2014
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26 Sep 2014
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26 Sep 2014
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22 Sep 2014
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Trident Ploughshares Press Release
 
22 September 2014
 
This morning, four days after the historic referendum Trident Ploughshares [1] and Faslane Peace Camp [2] have partially blocked the north gate to Faslane Naval Base, homeport of the UK Trident nuclear weapons system, sending a strong message that the overwhelming desire of Scotland to be rid of nuclear weapons must be honoured.

17 Sep 2014
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On Friday 5 September, hundreds of protesters in the US gathered in front of the Marriott in Downtown Oakland, California, to stand against Urban Shield and declare two major victories: Urban Shield will no longer be held at the Marriott and it will no longer take place anywhere in Oakland. Reclaiming the streets in celebration of our power, we made it loud and clear that we do not welcome militarization and policing of our communities.

17 Sep 2014
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War profiteering is one of the main causes of war. To keep informed on what groups are doing to resist the merchants of death, you can sign up to WRI's War Profiteer's News.

17 Sep 2014
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Once again the deadliest military alliance got together, this time Newport, Wales. As state leaders met to discuss their plans for a stronger military presence in eastern Europe, the creation of a rapid response force, an increase in the military budget, how to intervene in Iraq, and many other militarist plans. Groups gathered to resist and counter the summit.

17 Sep 2014
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From Justapaz:

Warm greetings.

We write you to express our worries for Jhonatan David Vargas Becerra, a student and youth leader of the Central Foursquare Church of Barrancabermeja, Santander, who was detained the evening of Sept 4, 2014.

Jhonatan was recruited by the National Army against his will on March 16, 2013, and was transferred to the 28th Battalion ASCP Bochica in Puerto Carreño, Vichada. Jhonatan has always expressed that that his religious convictions do not allow him to engage in violence or belong to armed groups, and therefore he has refused to perform obligatory military service.

17 Sep 2014
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Jhonatan David Vargas Becerra was forcibly recruited by the Colombian military last year. He left the army as soon as he could, and later the police issued an arrest warrant for him on grounds of desertion. He was arrested by the police on 4 September in Barrancabermeja, and is still being detained.

17 Sep 2014
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Militaries across the world gain access to young people through education systems. It gives them an extraordinary chance to shape every generation's perception of military violence, and lay the groundwork for future recruitment. From 25 - 31 October, join our international week of action for military-free education and research!

11 Sep 2014
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Señor Juan Carlos Mejía Gutiérrez

Director de Reclutamiento y Control de Reservas

Bogotá

Warm greetings.

We write you to express our worries for Jhonatan David Vargas Becerra, a student and youth leader of the Central Foursquare Church of Barrancabermeja, Santander, who was detained the evening of Sept 4, 2014.

Jhonatan was recruited by the National Army against his will on March 16, 2013, and was transferred to the 28th Battalion ASCP Bochica in Puerto Carreño, Vichada. Jhonatan has always expressed that that his religious convictions do not allow him to engage in violence or belong to armed groups, and therefore he has refused to perform obligatory military service.