Right to Refuse to Kill

The Right to Refuse to Kill programme

War Resisters' International's programme The Right to Refuse to Kill combines a wide range of activities to support conscientious objectors individually, as well as organised groups and movements for conscientious objection.

Our main publications are CO-Alerts (advocacy alerts sent out whenever a conscientious objector is prosecuted) and CO-Updates (a bimonthly look at developments in conscientious objection around the world).

More info on the programme is available here.

News from WRI's campaign Support Colombian conscientious objectors

02 Sep 2014
Spanish

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

Foto: Radiomacondo

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.

27 Aug 2014
Spanish

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”.

19 Aug 2014
English

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.

News from WRI's campaign Support Israeli conscientious objectors

11 Aug 2014
English

War Resisters' International supports nonviolent resisters in Palestine and Israel. We are in solidarity with conscientious objectors and those who refuse to participate in the Israeli army. Conscription is active in Israel for women and men, for Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Druze. As well as conscripting full-time recruits, reservists are also enlisted after their mandatory military service has ended. Many reservists have been drafted in 'Operation Protective Edge', the Israeli military assault on Gaza.

If you are subject to compulsory military service in Israel, and do not want to go, contact New Profile.

What you can do to support war resisters in Palestine and Israel

News from WRI's work on countering the militarisation of youth

20 Sep 2014
English

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.

17 Sep 2014
English

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!

Recent Right to Refuse To Kill publications

02 Sep 2014
English

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

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