Meeting with Colombian CO Julian Ovalle

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Meeting with Julian Ovalle - Colombian Conscientious Objector
Hosted by War Resisters' International at Housmans Bookshop

Summary for listings:

Colombian conscientious objector and activist, Julian Ovalle will talk about the political situation, the recruitment practice of the different armed groups, and the work of the movement for conscientious objection in Colombia.

Synopsis

Colombia is a country with more than 50 years of armed conflict, especially affecting young people, who are at risk of being recruited by the state military, paramilitary groups, or the different guerrilla groups. However, many young people no longer wish to be part of the armed conflict, and want to opt out. They choose nonviolence and conscientious objection to service in any of the armed groups as their alternative - a choice that carries its own risks.

Julian Ovalle is a conscientious objector and activist with Collective Action of Conscientious Objectors in Bogota. He will talk about the political situation, the recruitment practice of the different armed actors, and the work of the movement for conscientious objection in Colombia.

Julian will be speaking in Spanish, but translation will be provided by colleagues from War Resisters' International.

Links

wri-irg.org/from-off.htm

wri-irg.org/co/colcampaign-en.htm

www.housmans.com/events

Event information

Wednesday 10 September - 7pm

Housmans Bookshop

5 Caledonian Road

King's Cross

London N1 9DX

Tel: 020 7837 4473

Free entry

Nearest tube: King's Cross

Notes

To arrange an interview with our guest, or for more information regarding this, and other events at Housmans please contact Nik Gorecki on +44-7950 269 286 or alternatively by email: nik@housmans.com

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Related peace activist(s): Julián Andrés Ovalle Fierro