War Resisters' Stories

"Not a Crime" sign. Prisoners for Peace day
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Prisoners for Peace Day: 1st December

1st December, Saturday, is Prisoners for Peace Day. For over sixty years on this day, we've been sharing stories and contacts details of conscientious objectors who have been imprisoned for their refusal to take up arms and resist war.

Find a list here. For the most up to date Prisoners for Peace list go to wri-irg.org/inprison, our standing list of those in jail. Read more here for action ideas.

This November, many activists from around the world took action against the militarisation of young people in their countries, cities and towns. This was part of a global action: the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth. Initiated by War Resisters' International, the week was held for the 5th time this year. 

In mid-November, as European Union leaders made plans for the next EU budgetary cycle, 42 European non-profits and NGOs issued a letter criticising the bloc's plans for a European Defence Fund.

For the 100th anniversary of World War I, activists in Brussels held an alternative remembrance ceremony and put up posters around the city to highlight Belgium and Europe’s complicity in current wars through the arms trade.