War Resisters' Stories

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In this issue of the War Resisters' Stories:

  • Join us today in our webinar with Israeli conscientious objectors Sharar Perets and Eran Aviv;
  • Check the new website "War on West Papua" produced in collaboration with groups in West Papua, War Resisters' International;
  • Read our appeal to the European governments asking protection for conscientious objectors and deserters from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, and;
  • Read an inspiring story of a non-violent action from Australia.

Read more below.

In a webinar on June 22, 2022, refusers Shahar Perets and Eran Aviv will explain their approaches to conscientious objection in Israel and address the importance of conscientious objection to a peace and reconciliation process in the Middle East.

We are excited to share news of a new website, called War on West Papua. The website identifies a wide-range of weapons and military equipment used by the Indonesian security forces in their ongoing occupation of West Papua.

In a joint appeal to members of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a broad civil society alliance from 20 countries has called on the European governments to grant protection and asylum to Russian and Belarusian as well as Ukrainian conscientious objectors and deserters. They need immediate protection and asylum.

On 17th June, members of WRI affiliate in Australia - Wage Peace - blockaded the facilities of the NIOA bullet manufacturer in Benalla in solidarity with the call by Senior Elders from the aboriginal Yuendumu community for a police ceasefire.