War Resisters' Stories

International CO Day action in Frankfurt
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Webinar on CO and Asylum, Calls for 'Healthcare not warfare' and CO Day 2020

On this International Conscientious Objection Day (CO Day), we drew particular attention to those who have had to leave their country of origin due to forced recruitment, and who are looking for protection in other countries. Following the CO Day, War Resisters’ International is organising a webinar on the same subject with contributions by campaigners and conscientious objectors.

International Conscientious Objection Day (CO Day), 15th May, was celebrated with actions and events by activists from around the world. This year, due to Covid-19, the actions took place mostly online.

At our annual meeting (held online this year) we were very happy to welcome two new organisations to our international network.

Last year, Corporación Otra Escuela joined WRI network as associated. Learn more about their work and read their reflections on the current Covid-19 crisis.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a time of great stress for all, but on the other side, it also creates time for reflection to build a more positive future. Here are a few examples of how peace organisations are raising awareness of the impact of Covid-19 and challenging militarised responses to it.

The most recent edition of The Broken Rifle magazine was published in mid-May, and explores the intersections between women, gender and antimilitarism, with reflections on how important feminist and women's struggle are in the analysis of all social movements.

In recent months, states around the world have had to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the next edition of The Broken Rifle, we want to explore the militarised aspects of this response. Read here to contribute.