Nonviolence Programme

War Resisters' International nonviolence programme

Introduction

At the War Resisters' International Council meeting in Ohrid, Macedonia, in June 2004, it was decided to merge the WRI programmes "Nonviolence and Social Empowerment"[1] and "Globalisation and Militarism"[2] to a new programme called "Nonviolence Programme".

The Nonviolence and Social Empowerment Programme goes back to the mid-1990s, and had focused on the Nonviolence and Social Empowerment Study Conference[3], which took p

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04 Sep 2014
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4 September 2014

We, the undersigned, call on members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to immediately impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan. We also call on IGAD to issue a communiqué requesting the United Nations (UN) Security Council to adopt a resolution imposing a comprehensive international arms embargo.

29 Aug 2014
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Press Statement by the spokesperson of the campaign Action outcry - Stop the arms trade!

29 Aug 2014
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By Angela Cuenca Sempértegui

28 Aug 2014
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By Sunniva Taylor

28 Aug 2014
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By Xavier León Vega

27 Aug 2014
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Elbit Systems is one of the world's largest defence electronics manufacturers and integrators. Established in 1967, and based in Haifa, Israel, Elbit employs 11,000 people worldwide. It supplies the military, navy and air force in the occupation of Palestine, and has profited greatly from Israel's numerous attacks and assaults on the Palestinian and Lebanese people.

27 Aug 2014
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For the next four years the First World War may be used to promote militarism. But to use the war to promote military spending and justify conflict is a miserable legacy for those who died. CAAT is challenging this militarism, which helps to sustain the arms trade now, by exposing the profiteering of the arms trade during the First World War, and the opposition to it that followed.

27 Aug 2014
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By Wendela de Vries

“Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.”

27 Aug 2014
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Gaza protest in Cape TownGaza protest in Cape Town

War Profiteers' News, August 2014

By Omar Barghouti

Just as we said during apartheid that it was inappropriate for international artists to perform in South Africa in a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity, so it would be wrong for Cape Town Opera to perform in Israel.”

Desmond Tutu

Back in the 1980s, while studying engineering at Columbia University in New York, I was active in the divestment campaign against South African apartheid. When a fellow student cynically asked me, “Do you really think apartheid will end in your lifetime?”, my answer was, “No, I don’t. I am doing this as a moral obligation to stand with the oppressed anywhere.” But apartheid was abolished in my lifetime, and no one can take the inspiring power of that achievement away from me or from anyone around the world who contributed, no matter how modestly, to that universal struggle.

Recent Nonviolence Programme related publications

25 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.

26 Sep 2014
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A core group meeting of the WRI Women's Working Group was held in London on March 24.

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.

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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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.

10 Sep 2014
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WRI Conference, Cape Town, South Africa 5-8 July 2014

Report written by Stellan Vinthagen.

Group convening: Stellan Vinthagen, together with different resource persons each day

04 Sep 2014
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Position paper originating at the women’s workshop at the Counter Summit “No new Wars - No to NATO”

Newport, 1 September, 2014

As women of the No to War, No to NATO international action network we join in wholehearted condemnation of NATO as an aggressive, expansionist, nuclear armed military alliance. Its creation fostered decades of Cold War, its continued existence has perpetuated armed conflicts and wars, and its intention is clearly to assure long-term worldwide control by the USA and its allies in the interests of global corporate capital.

03 Sep 2014
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The group that met over 4 days in Cape Town to discuss the various dimensionsof Nonviolent Community Struggles was a diverse group with participants not just from different countries but also various continents, with various individuals engaged in a range of struggles. The theme group merged with the group looking at Climate Change after 2 days.

02 Sep 2014
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Back in June, conscientious objector Mario Andrés Hurtado Cardozo was granted a tutela (a writ for protection, which should prevent him from being recruited by the military) by the municipality of Soacha, close to Bogotá. Mario was the very first non-religious conscientious objector to receive a tutela in this way. The magistrate ordered military district 59, located in the municipality of Soacha, to resolve his military situation within a maximum of two months. Mario's next struggle is to complete and graduate from his degree with his libreta militar – the card given the conscripts when they finish their time in the military. Being unable to graduate from university is just one of the discriminations that faces those without a libreta militar. You can read his conscientious objection declaration from 2010 (in Spanish) here.

02 Sep 2014
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31 de agosto: Josias Johan Tabares Patiño es libre.   "El joven Josías ya se encuentra en la casa. Regresó el domingo del Putumayo después de casi un día entero de viajar por las carreteras de esa zona del país para que lo recibieran en la cuarta brigada con un examen de bienvenida y la maravillosa noticia de que si tenía la fortuna de ser apto (después de que les practicaran otros 4 exámenes,  resultado: no apto) Radiomacondo

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La Asociación Cristiana Menonita para Justicia, Paz y Acción Noviolenta-JUSTAPAZ, el Colectivo de Derechos Humanos Jesús María Valle Jaramillo, el Colectivo de Estudios Sociales y Derechos Humanos ICARIA, los senadores Alberto Castilla Salazar e Iván Cepeda Castro, y los representantes a la cámara Víctor Javier Correa Vélez, Alirio Uribe Muñoz, German Navas Talero realizan una acción urgente buscando la inmediata restitución de derechos y la preservación de la integridad del joven JOSÍAS JOHAN TABARES PATIÑO quien fue retenido con fines de reclutamiento por personal militar de la Sexta División, Vigésima Séptima Brigada de Putumayo el 14 de agosto de 2014, hecho que tuvo lugar  mientras se encontraba en la estación “Aguacatala” del Metro de Medellín, posteriormente fue trasladado al Municipio de Puerto Asís, Departamento de Putumayo.

01 Sep 2014
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Small Actions, Big Movements: the Continuum of NonviolenceSmall Actions, Big Movements: the Continuum of NonviolenceL’amico Franco Perna, storico volto dell’impegno nonviolento italiano, scrive per noi un resoconto della Conferenza Mondiale della WRI (War Resisters’ International) alla quale ha partecipato come delegato del Movimento Nonviolento.

La Conferenza, che si e’ tenuta per la prima volta in Africa, e’ stata preceduta e seguita da almeno 6 altri incontri di organismi associati alla WRI, tra cui: ‘Pan-African Nonviolence/Peacebuilding Network’ e ‘Women Peacemakers Program/Gender & Militarism Consultation’. La stessa WRI ha tenuto la sua assemblea statutaria coi delegati di sezioni e organizzazioni associate, nonche’ le riunioni del suo consiglio (quello uscente all’inizio e il nuovo alla fine) – quest’ultimo eletto dall’assemblea composto da 12 membri (scelti tra i 17 candidati proposti dale sezioni) provenienti dai seguenti paesi: Corea, Israele, Nepal, Regno Unito, Serbia/Messico, Spagna, Sud Sudan, Svezia, Turchia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe/Svezia.

29 Aug 2014
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In the last months in Israel a group of Druze Palestinian war refusers has publicly launched their campaign,  reservists and new conscripts have declared their refusal to take part in Israeli military operations in Gaza, and resistance to the call up of the ultra-Orthodox Jews (Haredim) continues.

29 Aug 2014
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This CO Update comes a month after I returned from South Africa, where WRI held its first ever International Conference in Africa. The conference was an amazing event, and will have impacts on the work of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme for years to come. We made contacts with new movements for conscientious objection and against conscription and militarisation, especially in Africa.

29 Aug 2014
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The Kurdish autonomous administrations in Syria have adopted a law in July that obliges families living in the region to send one of their 18-30 year-old members to "defence duty", which lasts for six months, either continuously or intermittently over one year.

29 Aug 2014
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In one province in Mozambique, the great majority of young people called up for military service "did not turn up", reports O Pais.

By law, all Mozambicans (men and women) must register for military service in the year of their 18th birthday. The armed forces (FADM) then selects those it wishes to recruit and submits them to medical tests to check whether they are "fit to join the military".

Those who have not responded to the call up have 30 days to justify their absense before they are considered deserters.

28 Aug 2014
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'Arming all sides' is the name of this issue's campaign of the month - an initiative that looks at the arms trade during World War One, and how the arms trade has been one of the main motors for wars since "the war to end all wars". The latest military attacks in Iraq are the clearest example of war profiteers making their killing by arming all sides.

28 Aug 2014
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In April UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said that more than 9,000 child soldiers have been fighting in South Sudan's civil war, recruited by both the army and rebel forces. These numbers account for These reports are based on observations of children with armed groups, children wearing military uniforms and carrying weapons, and children undergoing military training.

28 Aug 2014
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The last CO Update reported plans in UAE to introduce conscription. This has now begun. Conscripts start at age 17, with high school students who have failed their last year of schooling delaying their conscription until they have completed final exams in the next academic year. The military training centres for conscripts can accommodate between 5,000 and 7,000 people. Conscription began on July 13.

28 Aug 2014
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Conscientious objectors to military service face a number of serious and negative implications for their refusal to perform military service, when the right of conscientious objection is not recognised in their country. The Quaker United Nations Office have released a report examining the scope of these implications, including include prosecution and imprisonment (sometimes repeated), as well as fines.

27 Aug 2014
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Agosto 21 de 2014

El TEJIDO POR LA OBJECION DE CONCIENCIA – MEDELLÍN, se pronuncia frente a los hechosdel Jueves 14 de Agosto en los que el joven Objetor de Conciencia JOSÍAS JOHAN PATIÑO quien se dirigía hacia su trabajo fue retenido ilegalmente por efectivos del ejército nacional, provenientes de la Sexta División, Vigésima Séptima Brigada del Departamento del Putumayo, haciendo caso omiso a lo ordenado por la Corte Constitucional en la sentencia C-879 de 2011, en donde dice que “ningún joven puede obligarse a subirse al camión, ni ser reclutado a la fuerza. Es decir, ningún joven puede ser conducido a cuarteles o distritos militares, ni ser detenido por autoridades por largos periodos de tiempo, ni ser obligado a que le practiquen exámenes. Tampoco puede ser obligado a incorporarse a las filas”.

26 Aug 2014
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Overall themes emerging from the plenary sessions

DAY ONE – 5 JULY 2014

 

The continuum of violence

Opening statements

Bernede

22 Aug 2014
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The agenda was as follows:

Day 1: What do we mean by peacebuilding? An introduction to the meaning of peacebuilding in general and on the African continent in particular.

Day 2: The example of South Sudan (with a film on the Alternatives to Violence Project)

Day 3: Comparison: state-managed peacebuilding on the example of Kosovo and Bosnia-Hercegovina

22 Aug 2014
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The joint theme group Resisting War on Mother Earth, Reclaiming Our Home; and Nonviolent Community Struggles was a success. These groups combined for the second half of the triennial, to discuss deep intersections between militarism, imperialism and ecological destruction. Participants outlined the range of solutions, to uncover real and politically feasible solutions.

22 Aug 2014
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The joint theme group Resisting War on Mother Earth, Reclaiming Our Home; and Nonviolent Community Struggles was a success. These groups combined for the second half of the triennial, to discuss deep intersections between militarism, imperialism and ecological destruction. Participants outlined the range of solutions, to uncover real and politically feasible solutions. We also assessed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of this moment.

22 Aug 2014
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What were the main themes covered in the theme group?

22 Aug 2014
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Main forms of militarization of youth in different countries - participants sharing from their context:

The United Kingdom:

  • Armed Forces Day - local towns organize events for the military inviting the public to them

  • Schools are encouraged to invite soldiers (including even inviting helicopters that land in the school courtyards to excite the children).

  • Cadet programs in schools from the age of 12 - this is all funded by the armed forces, and includes weapons trainings.

  • Military stalls in fairs and festivals

  • Long term military contract that bind people who sign them at a young age

  • Use of the centennial of WWI to bring up nostalgia and heroisation of war, as well as nostalgia to the national unity of war time.

19 Aug 2014
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One of the most effective ways to prepare for war is to prepare the minds and bodies of young people to take part in it.

War Resisters' International's Countering the Militarisation of Youth project has launched antimili-youth.net - a great resource for anyone who wants to find out more about how young people are taught to regard armed violence, and the military and its values, as positive and uncontroversial. It is the first international site giving an overview of these issues.

It allows groups and individuals to easily upload their own information on the strategies used in different contexts to militarise young people, as well as reports on their work to disrupt these processes.

19 Aug 2014
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DIY: Make your own handbook

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Diaspora solidarity for Eritrea: the Arbi Harnet campaign

Abraham G. Mehreteab

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19 Aug 2014
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You can order a printed copy of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns in our webshop at http://wri-irg.org/node/23245.

19 Aug 2014
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On Thursday 14 August the young conscientious objector, JOSÍAS JOHAN PATIÑO was on his way to work. Around 7 a.m. he was at the Aguacatala station when, under orders from Captain Barrera, members of the national army, Sergeant Peña and auxiliary prison guard Gutierrez from the 6th Division, twenty seventh brigade in the Department of Putumayo, stormed the Aguacatala metro station. They asked for and withheld the identity card of the young man mentioned as a way of coercing him to climb into the truck which the army uses for recruiting young men by force i.e. rather than issuing the appropriate summons to resolve his military situation as law 48 of 1993 states.

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