War Resisters' Stories

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Dear friends,

Our commitment to radical, nonviolent resistance to war and its causes is helping us to build solidarity among anti-war activists around the globe - and this is exactly what War Resisters' International have been doing for over 100 years. In recent months we have been exposing war profiteers profiting from the violence in Colombia, supporting Turkish conscientious objectors, and planning our ongoing involvement in the Make West Papua Safe campaign.

As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, could you consider giving a regular gift, by becoming one of our 100 new supporters? There are lots of ways to setup a donation, from anywhere in the world. Visit https://wri-irg.org/en/support-WRI for more details.

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War Resisters' International, together with Connection e.V. and Union Pacifiste de France, released a new publication, Conscientious Objection in Turkey. The booklet, published in English, Turkish, French and German, includes articles on the situation of conscientious objectors in Turkey, the history of the conscientious objection movement in the country, as well as the experiences of COs from Turkey who sought asylum in other countries. 

Join us on 7th July, Wednesday (5pm CEST), for a discussion with campaigners and conscientious objectors from Turkey. To register and find more info read our story.

WRI strongly condemns the brutal attacks against conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba and stands in solidarity with him. We also join the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement (UPM) in their call to the authorities to investigate the attacks against Kotsaba thoroughly and take necessary steps to ensure his and other UPM activists’ safety. 

Conscientious objectors to military service continue to be imprisoned in many countries today. WRI regularly updates its list of imprisoned conscientious objectors and organise solidarity for them. In this story, you will see conscientious objectors who are known to be behind bars or serving in labour camps by June 2021.