War Resisters' International
War Resisters' International was founded in 1921 under the name "Paco". It was and is based on the WRI declaration:
War is a crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to strive for the removal of all causes of war.
War Resisters' International exists to promote nonviolent action against the causes of war, and to support and connect people around the world who refuse to take part in war or the preparation of war. On this basis, WRI works for a world without war.
WRI embraces nonviolence. For some, nonviolence is a way of life. For all of us, it is a form of action that affirms life, speaks out against oppression, and acknowledges the value of each person.
Nonviolence can combine active resistance, including civil disobedience, with dialogue; it can combine non-cooperation - withdrawal of support from a system of oppression - with constructive work to build alternatives.
As a way of engaging in conflict, sometimes nonviolences attempts to bring reconciliation with it: strengthening the social fabric, empowering those at the bottom of society, and including people from different sides in seeking a solution.
No to war
WRI will never endorse any kind of war, whether it is waged by a state, by a "liberation army", or under the auspices of the United Nations, even if it is called a "humanitarian military intervention". Wars, however noble the rhetoric, invariably are used to serve some power-political or economic interest. We know where war leads - to suffering and destruction, to rape and organised crime, to betrayal of values and to new structures of domination.
War Resisters' International: supporting and connecting war resisters all over the world
Get involved! Support COs in prison: co-alerts
In many countries, prison is still the fate of conscientious objectors. Thousands of COs are still in prison in South Korea, Israel, Finland, and many other countries. Despite many countries having introduced laws on conscientious objection, many COs still face imprisonment, either because they don't fit into the authorities' criteria, or they refuse to perform any alternative service. War Resisters' International supports conscientious objectors who are imprisoned because of their conscientious objection, or face repression by the state or state-like entities.
CO-alerts, sent out by email as soon as the WRI office receives information on the imprisonment or trial of a conscientious objector, are a powerful tool to mobilise support and protest.
CO-alerts are available by email (subscribe at http://lists.wri-irg.org/sympa/co-alert) or on the internet at wri-irg.org/ cgi/news.cgi .
The WRI office also needs more information on imprisoned conscientious objectors from all over the world.
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The Broken Rifle in other languages
The Broken Rifle is published regularly in English, Spanish, German, and French. You can order paper copies in the language of your choice by contacting the WRI office in London. You can also download a PDF file from the WRI website as soon as it becomes available. Feel free to make your own copies.
WRI relies on volunteers for translations of The Broken Rifle and other materials. If you want to offer your help with translations, please contact the WRI office. Translators are always urgently needed! Thank you.