International Conscientious Objection Day https://wri-irg.org/en en WiB Belgrade Statement: On possible reintroduction of military Service in Serbia https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/wib-belgrade-statement-possible-reintroduction-military-service-serbia <div data-history-node-id="42407" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-05/wib_serbia.jpg?itok=3uu-41fM 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-05/wib_serbia.jpg?itok=Kyxn6xfh 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-05/wib_serbia.jpg?itok=Kyxn6xfh" alt="Women in Black International Concientious Objection Day" title="Photo: Nela Bunčić/Nova.rs" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Photo: Nela Bunčić/Nova.rs</div> <time > 28 May 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-dynamic-twig-fieldnode-author-name-twig field--type-ds field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field--item"> <span>Women in Black Belgrade</span> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h1 align="center" style="text-align: center; margin-bottom: 11px;">NO to military service – YES to conscientious objection!</h1> <p>Announcement on the occasion of May 15– International Day of Conscientious Objection</p> <p><strong>On the occasion of May 15 – International Day of Conscientious Objection, Women in Black organised an antimilitarist action on May 14 in Belgrade (Knez Mihailova Street near the restaurant Ruski car) “NO to military service – YES to conscientious objection!”</strong></p> <p><strong>The latest campaigns for the introduction of mandatory military service in Serbia represent senseless and cynical propaganda: </strong>in the function of militarization, patriarchal control and fear. The proponents of the regime – accomplices and actors of the wars of the 90’s – are oblivious of the fact that large numbers of men refused to be reduced to cannon fodder and that they will not accept that nowadays either for the sake of the regime’s militaristic motives!</p> <p><strong>On May 15, 2001, </strong>the Conscientious Objection Network submitted to the National Assembly of SR Yugoslavia a legislative initiative with over <strong>30,000 signatures</strong> requesting the recognition of <a name="m_4325857069829247497__Hlk71745611" id="m_4325857069829247497__Hlk71745611">the right to conscientious objection.      </a></p> <p><strong>The right to conscientious objection was recognized on August 27, 2003,</strong> owing to the campaign (2001-2003) of the civilian society, primarily of the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights (Jukom) and Women in Black, with the massive support of civilian society organizations and citizens throughout Serbia.  The first 300 conscientious objectors applied for civil service in September 2003 and since then the number of conscientious objectors has steadily increased.</p> <p><strong>Article 45 of the Serbian Constitution provides for the right to conscientious objection </strong>in such a way that "a person is not obliged, contrary to his religion or beliefs, to fulfil a military or other obligation involving the use of weapons."</p> <p><strong>STOP to campaigns for the reintroduction of mandatory military service! Because:  </strong></p> <ul> <li>At the beginning of 2011, the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decision on the suspension of the obligation to serve military service.</li> <li>The Constitution guarantees the right to conscientious objection so that there is no possibility of introducing military service for those who do not want it, and those who want can do so through voluntary military service.</li> <li> The reintroduction of military service would cost the state huge funds – instead, it is requisite to invest money in human security - health, education, environmental protection, protection of women from violence, etc.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Conscientious objection – our right to a choice, to disobedience to all forms of militarization of the society! </strong></p> <h2 align="center" style="text-align: center; margin-bottom: 11px;">Everything for peace, health and knowledge – nothing for armament!</h2> <p><em>Women in Black, Belgrade, May 13, 2021.  </em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-information field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author information</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--authors-and-bios paragraph--id--_82 paragraph--view-mode--bio-only"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/232" hreflang="en">Serbia</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42407&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="uCCQInDFmhsCkxWrGHUcUp1PpBJ6DiU12ACYlD9JbXE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 28 May 2021 18:46:27 +0000 Natalia 42407 at https://wri-irg.org CO Day 2021: Showing solidarity with COs in Turkey and around the world https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/co-day-2021-showing-solidarity-cos-turkey-and-around-world <div data-history-node-id="42408" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-06/amnesty_greece_-_turkey_embassy.jpg?itok=-CF5ubNE 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-06/amnesty_greece_-_turkey_embassy.jpg?itok=7huM_V0X 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-06/amnesty_greece_-_turkey_embassy.jpg?itok=7huM_V0X" alt="Two people holding a banner in front of a building" title="Amnesty Greece Action in front of the Turkey Embassy in Athens" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Amnesty Greece Action in front of the Turkey Embassy in Athens</div> <time > 31 May 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-dynamic-twig-fieldnode-author-name-twig field--type-ds field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field--item"> <span>Natalia García</span> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p> </p> <p>International Conscientious Objection Day (CO Day), 15th May, was celebrated with actions and events by activists from around the world in solidarity with those who have and those who continue to resist war. </p> <p><strong>This year we had a particular focus on Turkey. In Turkey,</strong> there are thousands of COs who refuse to perform compulsory military service. <strong>The right to conscientious objection to military service isn’t recognised and anyone refusing compulsory military service faces lifetime persecution.</strong> This includes continuous arrest warrants and repeated prosecutions amounting to <strong>“civil death” </strong>– a term being used to describe their exclusion from social, cultural and economic life.</p> <p>During the week of 15th May, together with <em>Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) </em>and <em>International Fellowship for Reconciliation (IFOR</em>), <strong>we held our fourth webinar</strong> as part of our webinar series "Campaigning for Conscientious Objection to Military Service". <strong>In the webinar <em>International Solidarity: Turkey Case </em>we heard directly from COs themselves as well as the activists who campaign for the recognition of the right to conscientious objection in Turkey.</strong> You can watch the recordings of all the webinars here on our Youtube channel <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw" rel="noopener" target="_blank"><em>Refuse to Kill</em></a>. </p> <p>Also, <em>War Resisters International</em> office together with <em>Conscientious Objection Association (Turkey) </em>and<em> Connection e.V.,<strong> </strong></em><strong>released and collected a number of resources</strong> - including publications and video interviews -<strong> to continue amplifying the voices from COs in Turkey </strong>and raising awareness on the situation of conscientious objection in the country. You can all check the available resources<a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/CODay2021"> here</a>. </p> <p><strong>We organised an email action</strong> where we encouraged people to send an email to the Turkish embassy in their countries <strong>urging the Turkish Government to recognise the right to conscientious objection</strong>. Affiliates from around the world joined us in this email/letter action delivering letters to the Turkish embassies in their countries. Finally,<strong> we made a call out </strong>inviting people, groups and organisations to <strong>post on their social media sharing information about conscientious objection in Turkey and how COs continue to be persecuted</strong> for refusing to be part of the military. <em>La tulpa Collective</em> from Colombia and<em> Movimento Nonviolento</em> from Italy joined this social media action. You can see their posts below:</p> <p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="es" xml:lang="es" xml:lang="es">En Turquía, el derecho a objetar no es reconocido y muchas personas se ven severamente afectadas por ese motivo. Nos solidarizamos con l@s objetor@s de Turquía!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ObjetamosALaGuerra?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ObjetamosALaGuerra</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CODay2021?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CODay2021</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COinTurkey?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COinTurkey</a> <a href="https://t.co/dk61inT8Wq">pic.twitter.com/dk61inT8Wq</a></p> <p>— Colectiva Antimilitarista La Tulpa (@colectivotulpa) <a href="https://twitter.com/colectivotulpa/status/1394775061400260609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 18, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p> </p> <p><iframe allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share" allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="790" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmovimentononviolento%2Fposts%2F10158347430742066&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=500" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="500"></iframe></p> <h1>Events across different countries</h1> <figure class="image" style="float:right"><img alt="Stop Civil Death in Turkey! - © Copyright: Connection e.V." height="274" src="https://en.connection-ev.org/img/galerie/61-6.jpg" width="365" /> <figcaption>Stop Civil Death in Turkey! - © Copyright: Connection e.V.</figcaption> </figure> <p><strong>In Germany,<em> </em></strong><em>Connection e.V and DFG-VK (German Peace Society-United War Resisters),</em> made a protest action on the square Hauptwache against the persecution of conscientious objectors in Turkey. Around 40 people participated in the protest. To see pictures from the action, click <a href="https://en.connection-ev.org/article-3282&amp;nr=6">here</a>. Also, on 16th May <em>DFG-VK, Connection e.V and EAK (Protestant Committee for  Conscientious Objection and Peace) </em>organised a two hours online roundtable about "Conscientious Objection as an important biographical event" with speakers from different backgrounds</p> <p><b><em>International Fellowship of Reconciliation</em> </b>released a publication on their website sharing the voices of the members of IFOR around the world, on conscientious objection. These are testimonies about past initiatives, current campaigns, individual struggles, personal understanding, research of nonviolent alternatives, rejection of violence, compassion, faith and political engagement. Go <a href="http://www.ifor.org/news/2021/5/14/cdd4y6h5nhgm9oeunlwzhquh7ykyye">here</a> to read the testimonies. </p> <p><strong><em>Quaker United Nation Office</em> </strong>to mark International Conscientious Objectors' Day released their new publication on conscientious objection and refugee status determination procedures. This report aims to support informed refugee status determination for conscientious objectors to military service seeking asylum by highlighting relevant international and regional standards and jurisprudence and analyzing national guidance. Read it <a href="https://quno.org/timeline/2021/5/report-conscientious-objection-military-service-and-refugee-status-determination">here</a> or download it below</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>In the UK,</strong> a coalition of British peace organisations <strong>hosted the International Conscientious Objectors’ Day <a href="https://www.ppu.org.uk/international-conscientious-objectors-day-may-15th#events" rel="noopener" target="_blank">online ceremony</a> </strong>including a minute's silence, songs and speeches from around the UK and beyond including <em>Israeli conscientious objector Atalya Ben-Abba</em><strong>, </strong><em>Natalia García Cortés from War Resisters' International in Colombia</em><strong> </strong>and Actor <em>Michael Mears live from the Conscientious Objectors' Commemorative Stone</em> in Tavistock Square, London. </p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LHSfq68Tt3I" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p></p><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <div alt="Sheffield Action on CO Day" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fd62f4f7-45ed-4bbf-bd6a-60616c88e674" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Sheffield Action on CO Day" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/wreath_laying_at_cenotaph.jpg?itok=ScZHzUZw" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/wreath_laying_at_cenotaph.jpg?itok=_BTPavBg 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Sheffield Creative Action For Peace on CO Day 2021</figcaption> </figure> <p>In Sheffield, On Saturday, May 15th <em>Sheffield Creative Action for Peace</em> laid a white poppy wreath at the Cenotaph in Barkers Pool to mark International Conscientious Objectors Day.</p> <blockquote><p>"This year, as always, we wanted to pay our respects to conscientious objectors from our past, the men and women who stood for peace at risk of their own life and liberty when all around were calling for war. We also wanted to show solidarity with those who are suffering imprisonment and stigma today for refusing to carry out military service in countries where there is still no right to register as a Conscientious Objector."</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>In Greece, </strong><em>Amnesty International Greece</em> released a video with conscientious objectors from Turkey and Greece, you can watch it <a href="https://www.facebook.com/88027997208/videos/930580241097753">here</a> (in Greek). They also organised an action in front of the Greek Parliament and the Turkish Embassy in Athens. </p> <p><strong><em>European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)</em> </strong>published a press release highlighting the courageous struggle of conscientious objectors and activists in Turkey. In <a href="https://www.ebco-beoc.org/node/503">this press release</a> EBCO's president Alexia Tsouni stated:</p> <blockquote><p>“Turkey is the only member state in the Council of Europe that has not recognised the right to conscientious objection to military service, or at least indicated the intention of making civilian service available, and keeps prosecuting conscientious objectors and activists. We stand in solidarity with them and we honor their courageous struggle today, on the International Conscientious Objection Day”</p> </blockquote> <p>To read the full text, go to this <a href="https://www.ebco-beoc.org/node/503">link</a>.</p> <p><strong>In Serbia,</strong> on the occasion of May 15 <em>Women in Black Belgrade</em> organised an antimilitarist action on May 14 saying “NO to military service – YES to conscientious objection!”. They also released a declaration against the possible reintroduction of military service in the country. You can read it <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/wib-belgrade-statement-possible-reintroduction-military-service-serbia">here</a> and see some pictures of the action <a href="https://nova.rs/vesti/drustvo/zene-u-crnom-obustaviti-kampanju-za-obavezni-vojni-rok/">here</a><strong>. </strong></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-information field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author information</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--authors-and-bios paragraph--id--_83 paragraph--view-mode--bio-only"> <div class="field field--name-field-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Right to Refuse to Kill and Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme Worker</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Attached file</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2021-05/quno_-_conscientious_objection_to_military_service_and_refugee_status_determination_14_05.pdf" type="application/pdf; 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It means that anyone who refuses to perform compulsory military service faces lifetime persecution, including continuous arrest warrants and repeated prosecutions amounting to “civil death” – a term being used to describe their exclusion from social, cultural and economic life.</p> <p>In this webinar, we will hear directly from COs themselves as well as the activists who campaign for the recognition of the right to conscientious objection in Turkey. </p> <p><strong>Speakers will include:</strong></p> <ul> <li aria-level="1"><strong>Dr Mine Yıldırım</strong>, Head of the Freedom of Belief Initiative, Norwegian Helsinki Committee </li> <li aria-level="1"><strong>Merve Arkun</strong>, Coordinator, Conscientious Objection Association, Turkey</li> <li aria-level="1"><strong>Seyda Can Yılmaz</strong>, Conscientious objector</li> <li aria-level="1"><strong>Onur Erden</strong>, Conscientious objector</li> <li aria-level="1"><strong>Ercan Jan Aktaş</strong>, Conscientious objector</li> </ul> <p>For more background information on conscientious objection in Turkey and our campaign on International Conscientious Objection Day, see <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/co-day-2021-solidarity-conscientious-objectors-turkey">here</a>.</p> <h2>Date and Time</h2> <p>14th May, 3:30pm BST, 4:30pm CEST, 5:30pm Turkey  </p> <h2>Registration</h2> <p>This event is free however registration is required.<strong> </strong>Please use the link here to register: <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcld-2vrjktH9OKOVFc7g8q3k2sRCmOKYaC" target="_blank">https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcld-2vrjktH9OKOVFc7g8q3k2sRCmOKYaC</a></p> <h2>Language/Translation</h2> <p>This event will be in English, Turkish and Spanish. </p> <p>The event will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes including Q&amp;A in the end. The webinar will also be followed by a 30-minute community forum allowing a space for attendees to share any relevant updates from their work and countries.</p> <p>This webinar is part of a series <em>Campaigning for Conscientious Objection to Military Service</em> organised by <strong>War Resisters’ International</strong>, <em><a href="https://quno.org/">Quaker United Nations Office</a></em> and <em><a href="http://www.ifor.org/#mission">International Fellowship of Reconciliation</a></em>. Follow us on our websites and social media for updates on future events.</p> <p>We are looking forward to meeting you on 14th May!</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/256" hreflang="en">Turkey</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42394&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="s1cuD0hvAmyju3HThLkTlfz9kzb91Afr6zAP37MfV9c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 06 May 2021 17:10:26 +0000 cmoy 42394 at https://wri-irg.org CO Day 2021: Solidarity with conscientious objectors from Turkey https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/co-day-2021-solidarity-conscientious-objectors-turkey <div data-history-node-id="42382" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-05/screenshot_2021-05-11_100048.png?itok=MVg23Tmo 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-05/screenshot_2021-05-11_100048.png?itok=mvcIrHJQ 1x" type="image/png"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-05/screenshot_2021-05-11_100048.png?itok=mvcIrHJQ" alt="CO Day poster - Turkish" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 07 Apr 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Every year on 15th May, the <strong>International Conscientious Objection Day</strong>, we organise solidarity with conscientious objectors (COs) and draw attention to their resistance to war. <strong>This year we have a particular focus on Turkey.</strong></p> <p><strong>In Turkey,</strong> there are thousands of COs who refuse to perform compulsory military service. <strong>The right to conscientious objection to military service isn’t recognised and anyone refusing compulsory military service faces lifetime persecution</strong>, including continuous arrest warrants and repeated prosecutions amounting to <strong>“civil death” </strong>– a term being used to describe their exclusion from social, cultural and economic life.</p> <p><strong>On this International Conscientious Objection Day, </strong>together with <em>Conscientious Objection Association (Turkey) </em>and<em> Connection e.V., </em><strong>we are repeating our call to Turkey to stop persecuting conscientious objectors and recognise their right to refuse to take up arms!</strong> During May, through a number of webinars, publications, video interviews, we will be amplifying the voices of COs from Turkey.</p> <p>Find more background information on the situation of conscientious objectors in Turkey <a href="https://en.connection-ev.org/article:turkey-prosecution-of-conscientious-objectors">here</a>.</p> <p>Also, see two recent bulletins published by the Conscientious Objection Association. Click <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MNZ4IaDBXZSz7-nQQcB665GbnIaGJVPS/view">here for the February issue</a> and <a href="https://wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2021-03/vr-der_conscientious_objection_bulletin_november-december_2020.pdf">here for the December (2020) issue</a>. </p> <p><strong>More resources and background information</strong>, including video reports and testimonies by conscientious objectors from Turkey, are available <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/CODay2021">here</a>.</p> <h2>Join us on this day of solidarity with COs from Turkey!</h2> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Join our <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/webinar-conscientious-objection-and-international-solidarity-case-turkey">webinar on 14th May</a> (16:30 CEST), <em>Conscientious Objection and International Solidarity, the case of Turkey, </em></strong>participated by activists and COs from Turkey. <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/webinar-conscientious-objection-and-international-solidarity-case-turkey">Click here to register</a> and find more information.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong><a href="https://wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2021-05/letter_to_tr_embassies_0.pdf">Send an email </a>to the Turkish Embassy of your country</strong>, urging the Turkish Government to recognise the right to conscientious objection. You can use our template letter <a href="https://wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2021-05/letter_to_tr_embassies_0.pdf">(click here to see it</a>. Scroll down for Turkish translation). See the list of Turkish Embassies with their contact information <a href="https://www.mfa.gov.tr/turkish-representations.en.mfa">here</a>.  </p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Organise an online or physical event </strong>with COs from Turkey, or <strong>invite them to your already planned activities</strong>. Get in touch with us for speakers or ideas for themes via <a href="mailto:info@wri-irg.org">info@wri-irg.org</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Post your messages of solidarity with COs</strong> from Turkey on social media with hashtags <strong>#CODay2021</strong> and <strong>#COinTurkey</strong>. Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/warresistersint">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/warresistersint/?hl=en-gb">Instagram</a> for further updates and content you can share from Turkey.</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact us via <a href="mailto:info@wri-irg.org">info@wri-irg.org</a> for any further questions.</p> </li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Attached file</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2021-05/letter_to_tr_embassies_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=75377" title="Open file in new window" target="_blank" data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="bottom">letter_to_tr_embassies.pdf</a></span><span class="file-size">73.61 KB</span></span></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/256" hreflang="en">Turkey</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42382&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Fmk8MJ9YjSsWt3cRNPXa534opY33O5p9iS7hp11jOU8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:29:34 +0000 cmoy 42382 at https://wri-irg.org CO Day 2021: Conscientious Objection in Turkey https://wri-irg.org/en/CODay2021 <div data-history-node-id="42383" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-04/728xauto.jpeg?itok=Vg8aRgmA 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-04/728xauto.jpeg?itok=i-AkKkL2 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-04/728xauto.jpeg?itok=i-AkKkL2" alt="Broken Rifle painted on a wall under which it&#039;s written conscientious objection in Turkish" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 08 Apr 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>On this page, you are able to find a number of useful resources on conscientious objection in Turkey. We will continue to update this page during April and May with new content and resources. </p> <h2>Reports and articles</h2> <p><strong>Read a short report</strong>, <a href="https://en.connection-ev.org/article:turkey-prosecution-of-conscientious-objectors">'Turkey: Prosecution of Conscientious Objectors',</a> by <em>Connection e.V.</em> giving background on the situation of conscientious objectors in Turkey <a href="https://en.connection-ev.org/article:turkey-prosecution-of-conscientious-objectors">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Read </strong><em>Conscientious Objection Association -Turkey (VR-DER</em>)'s recent publication, <strong>Conscientious Objection Bulletin</strong>. <strong>See</strong> <a href="https://wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2021-03/vr-der_conscientious_objection_bulletin_november-december_2020.pdf">here for the December issue</a> and <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MNZ4IaDBXZSz7-nQQcB665GbnIaGJVPS/view">here the February issue</a>.</p> <p><strong>See <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/council-europe-urges-turkey-recognise-conscientious-objection">here</a> the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers' decision</strong> in June 2020 urging Turkey to recognise the rights of conscientious objectors. See a joint report submitted to the Committee of Ministers by a number of organisations including WRI <a href="https://wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2020-06/cm_submission_on_the_implementation_of_ulke_group_of_cases-2_0.pdf">here</a>.</p> <h2>Video reports by conscientious objectors in Turkey</h2> <p><strong>See <a href="https://youtu.be/vLkw9hOf7zE">here a short video report </a></strong>on conscientious objectors in Turkey here (with English subtitles): <a href="https://youtu.be/vLkw9hOf7zE">https://youtu.be/vLkw9hOf7zE</a></p> <p><strong>See <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3ddI4wLgf0">here a video by Conscientious Objection Association (VR-DER)</a></strong> released on International Conscientious Objection Day last year. </p> <h3>Video statements (with English subtitles) by a number of conscientious objectors from Turkey</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTkhqe60CU0&amp;t=365s">An interview with conscientious objector Inan Mayis Aru</a> by Vicdani Ret Dernegi</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjpqzJLS3UI">An interview with conscientious objector Kamil Murat Demir</a> by Vicdani Ret Dernegi</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tev5yWPj9qo">An interview with conscientious objector Davut Erkan</a> by Vicdani Ret Dernegi</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOcXGcLqzhc&amp;t=52s">An interview with conscientious objector Murat Demiroğlu</a> by Vicdani Ret Dernegi</li> <li>Merve Arkun, <a href="https://youtu.be/a_pm5cQ5tjg">Turkey: Conscientious objection: anti-war action and rejection of male-dominated codes</a></li> <li>Ercan Aktaş, <a href="https://youtu.be/KWX7KIMV0u4">Turkey/France: I came to France in October 2017 and never returned</a></li> <li>Halil Savda, <a href="https://youtu.be/t3OSFQwSjJ8">Turkey/Cyprus: I dream of a nonviolent and free world</a></li> <li>Hüseyin Civan, <a href="https://youtu.be/oTNzwCZgYMg">Turkey: I reject conscription and war as an antimilitarist and anarchist</a></li> <li>Beran Mehmet İşçi, <a href="https://youtu.be/nNL0p4Bvxec">Turkey/Germany: My asylum case as conscientious objector is regarded as non-political</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/256" hreflang="en">Turkey</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42383&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="2naHzGOfdmjR5l01rKthjQko3tcTWXWWOdc3Wps0Xog"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 08 Apr 2021 10:49:13 +0000 cmoy 42383 at https://wri-irg.org CO Day 2020: Events held around the world in solidarity with COs https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/co-day-2020-events-held-around-world-solidarity-cos <div data-history-node-id="42112" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-05/57-0.jpg?itok=mz-h7GJY 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-05/57-0.jpg?itok=oBQypaGr 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-05/57-0.jpg?itok=oBQypaGr" alt="CO Day action in Frankfurt. Photo by Thomas Stiefel" title="International Conscientious Objection Day action in Frankfurt. Photo by Thomas Stiefel / Connection e.V. website" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">International Conscientious Objection Day action in Frankfurt. Photo by Thomas Stiefel / Connection e.V. website</div> <time > 25 May 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p> </p> <p>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.</p> <p><em>War Resisters’ International </em>office, together with <em>Connection e.V.</em> released a number of videos by conscientious objectors (COs) and their supporters, celebrating CO Day, sharing their stories and solidarity messages.</p> <p>This year, 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. Among others, the video contributions included messages from COs who are in exile, who had to flee their countries due to their refusal to war and forced recruitment, and seeking protection from persecution in another country.</p> <p>You can watch all videos here on our Youtube channel <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw"><em>Refuse to Kill</em></a>. We will keep updating the content beyond the CO Day.</p> <p>Also, during CO Day, many activists, supporters and organisations shared content with the hashtag <em>#CODay2020 </em>on social media. Check the hashtag for further content if you’re on social media.</p> <h2>Events across different countries</h2> <p></p><div alt="Virtual antimilitarist festival by Colombian activists- programme poster" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c48e3598-ab16-4145-b585-a878b655ee77" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/97449268_1361307664040135_6616183479224762368_o.png?itok=IWSxoMYC 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/97449268_1361307664040135_6616183479224762368_o.png?itok=u1lYvZsM" alt="Virtual antimilitarist festival by Colombian activists- programme poster" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><strong>In Colombia</strong>, a coalition of antimilitarist and CO organisations, including Cuerpo Con-siente, Justapaz, CONOVA, BDS-Colombia, ACOOC, among others, held a two-day Virtual Antimilitarist Festival on 15th-16th May. The event was live on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/justapazcol/">Justapaz’s Facebook page</a>. You can watch one of the recorded sessions <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=718044758952851&amp;ref=watch_permalink">here</a>. You can find all other sessions on Justapaz’s facebook page.</p> <p>In addition, the Kolectivo Antimilitarista de Medellín and La tulpa organised an online forum on education in nonviolence and antimilitarism, which was broadcast live on the Escuela de Experiencias Vivas Facebook page and here <a href="https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/" target="_blank">https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/</a>.</p> <p>You can watch the session (in Spanish) in two parts: See <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pluriversonarrativo/videos/566181920986464/UzpfSTE3OTQ5MjA5OTcyNzg5NTA6MjY3MDA2NzkxOTc2NDI0OQ/">here for Part 1</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pluriversonarrativo/videos/167548838020295/">here for Part 2</a>.</p> <p><strong>European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)</strong> organised an <a href="https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465">online action, #Militarydistancing</a>, as part of which activists shared their peace messages on social media with the hashtag #MilitaryDistancing. Find more information about EBCO's action <a href="https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>In Germany,</strong> activists from local groups of DFG-VK (Frankfurt and Offenbach), Connection e.V. and Pro Asyl organised a gathering in Frankfurt (Hauptwache) to call for asylum for conscientious objectors and deserters. They 'constructed' the slogan „Conscientious Objectors and Deserters need Ayslum“ by means of modular components. See <a href="https://de.connection-ev.org/article-3073">here for photos</a>.</p> <p>Activists from DFG-VK (northern groups) held a vigil at the military airfield of Jagel nearby Schleswig (Schleswig-Holstein), holding banners for conscientious objectors and criticising Germany's involvement in numerous wars abroad. The activity took place in the framework of a regional networking meeting with discussions on how to organise counter-recruitment work under the new circumstances of Covid-19.</p> <p></p><div alt="Amnesty International Greece video on conscientious objection" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8c3e9979-f26f-4825-a3bd-e93f2ccd925e" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/3079.jpg?itok=66Mo0X5I 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/3079.jpg?itok=z5PAv_zD" alt="Amnesty International Greece video on conscientious objection" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><strong>In Greece</strong>, Amnesty International Greece released a video with conscientious objectors from  Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Turkey. You can watch it <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cm2eE79Qqg">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>In South Korea</strong>, World without War, together with refugee rights and transgender rights groups, hosted an online 'talk-show' for the CO Day. The event highlighted and criticised how the refugee screening, transgender gender correction screening, and conscientious objector screening processes are militarised. You can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be">see it here</a> (in Korean).</p> <p><strong>In Turkey</strong>, Conscientious Objection Association organised an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/864497034052358/" target="_blank">online workshop</a> with a live broadcast on Youtube. The event covered frequently asked questions by the followers of the Association, informing conscientious objectors, draft evaders and deserters about their rights in law. The recorded video of the broadcast (in Turkish) can be <a href="https://vicdaniret.org/15-mayis-dunya-vicdani-retciler-gunu-canli-yayin-video/">seen here</a>.</p> <p>In addition, a conscientious objector from Turkey declared his refusal to perform military service and released his statement on the same day. You can <a href="https://vicdaniret.org/vicdani-reddimdir-osman-yilmaz/">read it here </a>(in Turkish).</p> <p><strong>In Ukraine</strong>, Ukrainian Pacifist Movement (UPM), who recently joined WRI network, hosted a webinar, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1083876101983963/" target="_blank">the Right to Refuse to Kill in Ukraine</a>. The main language of the event was Ukrainian, but UPM activists provided additional information in English. You can find their seminar slides <a href="https://www.academia.edu/43060228/">here</a>. Follow their Facebook page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/peaceukraine/">here</a>.</p> <p></p><div alt="flowers laid in conscientious objectors' memorial stone in london" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="narrow" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b6f52af9-7d78-4e11-b696-10cd3972f87e" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/wri2_stone-inscription-flowers.jpg?itok=cHm66uhi 244w, /sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_650x650/public/wri2_stone-inscription-flowers.jpg?itok=ZfvMjr8e 488w, /sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/wri2_stone-inscription-flowers.jpg?itok=drYnxs8T 975w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 325px, (min-width: 851px) 25vw, (min-width: 560px) 50vw, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/wri2_stone-inscription-flowers.jpg?itok=cHm66uhi" alt="flowers laid in conscientious objectors' memorial stone in london" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><strong>In the UK</strong>, a coalition of British peace organisations hosted the International Conscientious Objectors’ Day <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWznQ0KfnuQ">online ceremony</a> including a minute's silence, songs and speeches on past and present experiences of conscientious objection (including a speaker from Network of Eritrean Women). As part of the ceremony, some activists laid flowers at the International Conscientious Objectors' Memorial Stone. Find more information here on <a href="https://www.ppu.org.uk/news/online-events-held-around-world-conscientious-objectors-day">Peace Pledge Union’s website</a>.</p> <p>In Scotland, a group of peace organisations hosted an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" target="_blank">online vigil</a>, including stories of COs from the First and Second World Wars told by their descendants, profiles of contemporary COs and an update on work in support of COs at the UN. You can watch the recorded session <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdJL6XuFL28&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;fbclid=IwAR31zsyutuibRpS3Z2oD3upzBBQ_wKN0cHQhepymdFclmpzIK9IIRZmQiFI">here</a>.</p> <p>In Leicester, Leicester CND, Soka Gakkai, Community of Christ and other faith groups hosted an online event called 'All voices for peace'. The event included stories of conscientious objectors from different faith and ideological backgrounds from around the world.</p> <p>In Sheffield, the Sheffield Socialist Choir performed a song online, written by Janet Wood has marking International Conscientious Objection Day. You can listen to the song <a href="https://www.facebook.com/janet.wood.9022/posts/10220726505905121?comment_id=10220726637548412&amp;reply_comment_id=10220726824513086&amp;notif_id=1589524848346677&amp;notif_t=comment_mention">here</a>.</p> <p>The British actor and playwright Michael Mears launched a video version of his moving play, This Evil Thing, about Britain's First World War COs. You can watch the play on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCShqcZzwpEnpizDjXZmreYA">Youtube here</a>.</p> <p><strong>In the USA</strong>, San Diego Veterans For Peace and the Peace Resource Center Interactive Panel organised an online panel, Celebrating 4000 Years of Conscientious Objection. The event examined conscientious objection today in our attempts to “live by our conscience in a state dedicated to ongoing wars and aggression."</p> <p>Also in the USA, in Sherborn, Massachusetts, activists laid flowers at the memorial stone for Unknown Civilians Killed in War, and held a period of silence shared in honour of the enormous contribution conscientious objectors have made throughout the world.</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42112&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="UwBZTtevZDX8fTeIsmJUyU-k-g0wk0QfWCJwTO8A19g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 25 May 2020 14:33:38 +0000 cmoy 42112 at https://wri-irg.org International Conscientious Objection Day: Events across different countries https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/international-conscientious-objection-day-events-across-different-countries <div data-history-node-id="42093" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 15 May 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, 15th May, is International Conscientious Objection Day! Activists from across different countries are taking actions to celebrate this day. Find a list of events/actions happening on this day below.</p> <p><strong>In Colombia</strong>, a coalition of antimilitarist and CO organisations, including <em>Cuerpo Con-siente, Justapaz, CONOVA, BDS-Colombia, ACOOC</em>, among others, are holding a Virtual Antimilitarist Festival on May 15-16, from 9am to 5pm (Colombia time), you can join them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/justapazcol/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Justapaz's Facebook live.</a> </p> <p>Also, the <em>Kolectivo Antimilitarista de Medellín </em>and <em>La tulpa</em> are organising an online forum on education in nonviolence and antimilitarism on May 15 at 3pm (Colombia time) on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/escueladeexperienciasvivas/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Facebook Live of Escuela de Experiencias Vivas</a> and here <a href="https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/</a> </p> <p><strong>European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)</strong> is organising an online action, <em>#Militarydistancing</em>, and inviting all to share their peace messages on social media with the hashtags #MilitaryDistancing on 15th May. Find more information about EBCO's action here: <a href="https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465</a></p> <p><strong>In Germany,</strong> activists from local groups of <em>DFG-VK</em> (Frankfurt and Offenbach), <em>Connection e.V.</em> and <em>Pro Asyl</em> will gather (3:00 pm CEST) in Frankfurt (Hauptwache) to call for asylum for conscientious objectors and deserters. They will 'construct' the slogan „Conscientious Objectors and Deserters need Ayslum“ by means of modular components as in this short video: <a href="https://deref-web-02.de/mail/client/R-Hs0HLMtaE/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FHNFWg9fY44I" moz-do-not-send="true" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/HNFWg9fY44I</a>  <o></o></p> <p>Activists from <em>DFG-VK</em> (northern groups) will hold a vigil (from 12 am to 2 pm CEST) at the military airfield of Jagel nearby Schleswig (Schleswig-Holstein), holding banners for conscientious objectors and criticising Germany's involvement in numerous wars abroad. The activity will take place in the framework of a regional networking meeting with discussions on how to organise counter-recruitment work under the new circumstances of Covid-19.</p> <p><strong>In South Korea</strong>, <em>World without War,</em> together with refugee rights and transgender rights groups, hosted an online 'talk-show' for the CO Day. The event highlighted and criticised how the refugee screening, transgender gender correction screening, and conscientious objector screening processes are militarised. You can see it here (in Korean): <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be</a></p> <p><strong>In Turkey</strong>, <em>Conscientious Objection Association</em> is organising an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/864497034052358/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">online workshop</a> with a live broadcast on Youtube. The event will cover frequently asked questions by the followers of the Association, informing conscientious objectors, draft evaders and deserters about their legal rights, as well as including declarations by conscientious objectors. The broadcast (in Turkish) can be followed on 15th May, 7:00pm Turkish time, here: <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutube.com%2Fmeydanorg%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0bmu7fFgpgEClfGp6vOMHVVpv1xgHHPW6gJN29WxoNcRx2FkEdb4jp0Ek&amp;h=AT3ZTDu2seilDlos6qygC39YAPB7gIy2LJLhevGZZwbuHeNjv83bbFNadHxhQXyj7BgBC3-2IldRbvUNavRLBWqHi6W6F1cgn1m7SgLj9Q2FX4qbn58sNT5cczYLy_r7_KavlF0" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" role="link" tabindex="0" target="_blank">youtube.com/meydanorg</a></p> <p><strong>In Ukraine</strong>, <em>Ukrainian Pacifist Movement (UPM)</em>, who recently joined WRI network, will host a webinar, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1083876101983963/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the Right to Refuse to Kill in Ukraine</a>. The main language of the event will be Ukrainian, but UPM activists will be able to answer questions and give additional information in English.</p> <p><strong>In the UK</strong>, a coalition of British peace organisations will host an online ceremony at 12 midday UK time. There will be a minute's silence, songs and speeches on past and present experiences of conscientious objection (including a speaker from <em>Network of Eritrean Women</em>). Alongside this event, activists in Scotland and Leicester will also host online events. In Scotland, a group of peace organisations will host an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">online vigil</a> (5:30pm UK time), including stories of COs from the First and Second World Wars told by their descendants, profiles of contemporary COs and an update on work in support of COs at the UN. Find more information here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/</a> </p> <p>In Leicester, Leicester CND, Soka Gakkai, Community of Christ and other faith groups will host an online event called 'All voices for peace' (6:00pm UK time). The event will include stories of conscientious objectors from different faith and ideological backgrounds from around the world. You can join online with Zoom here: <a href="https://zoom.us/j/492546725?pwd=WXVCQUoyZ0I5bmxYZ1F5WjhZQS9EUT09" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">zoom.us/j/492546725?pwd=WXVCQUoyZ0I5bmxYZ1F5WjhZQS9EUT09</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="box-sizing:border-box"><span style="color:#333333"><span style="font-family:&quot;Noto Sans&quot;, sans-serif"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><strong>In the USA</strong>, </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><em>San Diego Veterans For Peace</em> and <em>the Peace Resource Center</em> Interactive Panel are organising an online panel, <em>Celebrating 4000 Years of Conscientious Objection.</em> The event will "examine our right to live by our conscience in a state dedicated to ongoing wars and aggression." To participate and find more information see here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/2548413165424207/">https://www.facebook.com/events/2548413165424207/</a></p> <p><strong><em>War Resisters' International</em> office and <em>Connection e.V</em>. </strong>are organising an online action, <em>Refuse to Kill</em>, as part of which a number of video messages from conscientious objectors and their supporters are shared. You can reach all videos here on <em>Refuse to Kill</em> channel : <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw/videos">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw/videos</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42093&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="UdgflkKUWDhlBEbA6R7ACfSZ0bgnN9o9Ckbc3h-fQiI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 15 May 2020 11:01:20 +0000 cmoy 42093 at https://wri-irg.org Today: Celebrate International Conscientious Objection Day with us! https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/today-celebrate-international-conscientious-objection-day-us <div data-history-node-id="42095" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-05/27248610467_16e23d9fc5_o.jpg?itok=oIKem3uK 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-05/27248610467_16e23d9fc5_o.jpg?itok=9p4M8_t9 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-05/27248610467_16e23d9fc5_o.jpg?itok=9p4M8_t9" alt="International Conscientious Objection Day in Seoul, South Korea - May 2018" title="International Conscientious Objection Day action in Seoul/South Korea - May 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">International Conscientious Objection Day action in Seoul/South Korea - May 2018</div> <time > 15 May 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, 15th May, is International Conscientious Objection Day! This year, <em><a href="https://wri-irg.org/en" moz-do-not-send="true">War Resisters’ International</a></em> office, together with <em><a href="https://en.connection-ev.org/" moz-do-not-send="true" target="_blank">Connection e.V.</a></em>, has organised an online action, calling for your video messages celebrating this day, sharing your stories as conscientious objectors (COs), or your messages of solidarity with COs around the world. All these videos are available now on our YouTube channel <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw" moz-do-not-send="true" target="_blank">Refuse to Kill</a></em>! (See the list of videos below)</p> <p>This year, we draw 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. <strong>They have been denied the human right of conscientious objection,</strong> but to flee from war and forced recruitment is generally not seen as a reason for asylum. Women and men who refuse compulsory recruitment to the military need protection!</p> <p>The contributions we received from all over the world are as varied as the reasons people from different countries make the decision to refuse war and military service, sometimes at great risk. To date, we have received contributions from Angola, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Eritrea, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.</p> <p>Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint" moz-do-not-send="true" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/warresistersint" moz-do-not-send="true" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and join us today with your solidarity messages with the hashtag <em>#CODay2020</em>.</p> <p><strong>Also, see a list of events happening in different countries <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/international-conscientious-objection-day-events-across-different-countries" moz-do-not-send="true">here</a>.</strong></p> <h2><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Refuse to Kill: </span></i><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Video </span></b>collection <b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">for International Conscientious Objection Day </span></b></h2> <ul> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Armin Lauven, Pax Christi, Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Active for</span> conscientious objectors and<span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif"> deserters worldwide - <a href="https://youtu.be/RlB9GzmYC10" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/RlB9GzmYC10</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Beran İşçi, Turkey/Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: My asylum case as conscientious objector is regarded as non-political - <a href="https://youtu.be/nNL0p4Bvxec" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/nNL0p4Bvxec</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Berndt Püschel and Heiko Marx, Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Int</span>ernational Deserters’ Network goes to the Sky – <a href="https://youtu.be/_-oLsKVtnq" moz-do-not-send="true">https://youtu.be/_-oLsKVtnq</a></li> <li><strong>Bob Meola, U.S.</strong>: Resistance to the draft to the Vietnam war was a<span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">n ultimate stand to say No - <a href="https://youtu.be/PH0qBezU76M" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/PH0qBezU76M</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Connection e.V., Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Conscientious Objectors and Deserters Need Asylum - <a href="https://youtu.be/HNFWg9fY44I" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/HNFWg9fY44I</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Dustin Hausner, U.S., New York</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: We need to support people who do not want to commit atrocities - <a href="https://youtu.be/fGICgtA5nmY" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/fGICgtA5nmY</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Daniel Rezene, Eritrea/Switzerland</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Recognize conscientious objection as a ground for asylum - <a href="https://youtu.be/LFcabVebPb8" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/LFcabVebPb8</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Deutsche Welle / +90, Turkey</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Being a Conscientious Objector - <a href="https://youtu.be/vLkw9hOf7zE" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/vLkw9hOf7zE</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">EBCO in Peace House, Brussels</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">, contributions from various countries: Spot on Conscientious Objection - <a href="https://youtu.be/WVw3aULFiqI" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/WVw3aULFiqI</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">EBCO/Movimento Nonviolento, contributions from various countries</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10; Roman&quot;,serif">: Military Distancing Spot - <a href="https://youtu.be/SHdM6vFG3uU" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/SHdM6vFG3uU</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Emanuel Matondo, Angola/Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: I knew that war is a crime and then I refused the military service - <a href="https://youtu.be/Ahz6Joruxz4" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/Ahz6Joruxz4</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Ercan Aktaş, Turkey/France</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: I came to France in October 2017 and never returned - <a href="https://youtu.be/KWX7KIMV0u4" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/KWX7KIMV0u4</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Gunter Schmidt, painter, Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: I always wished, war was finally dead - <a href="https://youtu.be/gdY0mnM957w" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/gdY0mnM957w</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Halil Savda, Turkey/Cyprus</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: I dream of a nonviolent and free world - <a href="https://youtu.be/t3OSFQwSjJ8" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/t3OSFQwSjJ8</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Heinz Bartjes, Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Conscientious Objectors were seen as wimps and sissies - <a href="https://youtu.be/JWASZIL1SiU" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/JWASZIL1SiU</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Helen Kidan, Eritrea/United Kingdom</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: People are fleeing indefinite military service in Eritrea - <a href="https://youtu.be/cyMK822yJxU" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/cyMK822yJxU</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Hüseyin Civan, Turkey</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: I reject conscription and war as an antimilitarist and anarchist - <a href="https://youtu.be/oTNzwCZgYMg" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/oTNzwCZgYMg</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">IDK, Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Views on our work - <a href="https://youtu.be/6ijTOVQ_Xb0" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/6ijTOVQ_Xb0</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">La Tulpa, Colombia</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: The antimilitarist collective speaks about militarization and patriarchal society - <a href="https://youtu.be/xMz0o5Z9emw" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/xMz0o5Z9emw</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Lewis M. Randa, U.S</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">.: Conscientious objection is a code word for love, for sanity, for being human - <a href="https://youtu.be/pbJ152U3nHY" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/pbJ152U3nHY</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Marcela Paz and Rocio Elisabeth, Chile</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: We want a world without war, without borders and without violence - <a href="https://youtu.be/9YrDPsp9L-A" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/9YrDPsp9L-A</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Mertcan Güler and his Boss, Turkey/Germany</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: We both reject to go to army - <a href="https://youtu.be/GsaeZCmOo1g" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/GsaeZCmOo1g</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Merve Arkun, Turkey</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Conscientious is an anti-war action for women and the rejection of male-dominated codes - <a href="https://youtu.be/a_pm5cQ5tjg" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/a_pm5cQ5tjg</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Nuri Silay, Cyprus</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: Wherever in the world we call everyone to refuse to be part of the military- <a href="https://youtu.be/YYVSN6lgCIY" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/YYVSN6lgCIY</span></a> </span></li> <li><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">Pedro Polo, Spain</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times&lt;br /&gt;&#10; New&lt;br /&gt;&#10;Roman&quot;,serif">: We are not soldiers, we are queers - <a href="https://youtu.be/33E3qxawdmI" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="color:blue">https://youtu.be/33E3qxawdmI</span></a> </span></li> </ul> <h3>Actions/events happening on International Conscientious Objection Day (to be updated)</h3> <p><strong>In Colombia</strong>, a coalition of antimilitarist and CO organisations, including <em>Cuerpo Con-siente, Justapaz, CONOVA, BDS-Colombia, ACOOC</em>, among others, are holding a Virtual Antimilitarist Festival on May 15-16, from 9am to 5pm (Colombia time), you can join them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/justapazcol/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Justapaz's Facebook live.</a> </p> <p>Also, the <em>Kolectivo Antimilitarista de Medellín </em>and <em>La tulpa</em> are organising an online forum on education in nonviolence and antimilitarism on May 15 at 3pm (Colombia time) on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/escueladeexperienciasvivas/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Facebook Live of Escuela de Experiencias Vivas</a> and here <a href="https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/</a> </p> <p><strong>European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)</strong> is organising an online action, <em>#Militarydistancing</em>, and inviting all to share their peace messages on social media with the hashtags #MilitaryDistancing on 15th May. Find more information about EBCO's action here: <a href="https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465</a></p> <p><strong>In Germany,</strong> activists from local groups of <em>DFG-VK</em> (Frankfurt and Offenbach), <em>Connection e.V.</em> and <em>Pro Asyl</em> will gather (3:00 pm CEST) in Frankfurt (Hauptwache) to call for asylum for conscientious objectors and deserters. They will 'construct' the slogan „Conscientious Objectors and Deserters need Ayslum“ by means of modular components as in this short video: <a href="https://deref-web-02.de/mail/client/R-Hs0HLMtaE/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FHNFWg9fY44I" moz-do-not-send="true" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/HNFWg9fY44I</a>  </p> <p>Activists from <em>DFG-VK</em> (northern groups) will hold a vigil (from 12 am to 2 pm CEST) at the military airfield of Jagel nearby Schleswig (Schleswig-Holstein), holding banners for conscientious objectors and criticising Germany's involvement in numerous wars abroad. The activity will take place in the framework of a regional networking meeting with discussions on how to organise counter-recruitment work under the new circumstances of Covid-19.</p> <p><strong>In South Korea</strong>, <em>World without War,</em> together with refugee rights and transgender rights groups, hosted an online 'talk-show' for the CO Day. The event highlighted and criticised how the refugee screening, transgender gender correction screening, and conscientious objector screening processes are militarised. You can see it here (in Korean): <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be</a></p> <p><strong>In Turkey</strong>, <em>Conscientious Objection Association</em> is organising an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/864497034052358/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">online workshop</a> with a live broadcast on Youtube. The event will cover frequently asked questions by the followers of the Association, informing conscientious objectors, draft evaders and deserters about their legal rights, as well as including declarations by conscientious objectors. The broadcast (in Turkish) can be followed on 15th May, 7:00pm Turkish time, here: <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutube.com%2Fmeydanorg%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0bmu7fFgpgEClfGp6vOMHVVpv1xgHHPW6gJN29WxoNcRx2FkEdb4jp0Ek&amp;h=AT3ZTDu2seilDlos6qygC39YAPB7gIy2LJLhevGZZwbuHeNjv83bbFNadHxhQXyj7BgBC3-2IldRbvUNavRLBWqHi6W6F1cgn1m7SgLj9Q2FX4qbn58sNT5cczYLy_r7_KavlF0" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" role="link" tabindex="0" target="_blank">youtube.com/meydanorg</a></p> <p><strong>In Ukraine</strong>, <em>Ukrainian Pacifist Movement (UPM)</em>, who recently joined WRI network, will host a webinar, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1083876101983963/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the Right to Refuse to Kill in Ukraine</a>. The main language of the event will be Ukrainian, but UPM activists will be able to answer questions and give additional information in English.</p> <p><strong>In the UK</strong>, a coalition of British peace organisations will host an online ceremony at 12 midday UK time. There will be a minute's silence, songs and speeches on past and present experiences of conscientious objection (including a speaker from <em>Network of Eritrean Women</em>). Alongside this event, activists in Scotland and Leicester will also host online events. In Scotland, a group of peace organisations will host an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">online vigil</a> (5:30pm UK time), including stories of COs from the First and Second World Wars told by their descendants, profiles of contemporary COs and an update on work in support of COs at the UN. Find more information here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/</a> </p> <p>In Leicester, Leicester CND, Soka Gakkai, Community of Christ and other faith groups will host an online event called 'All voices for peace' (6:00pm UK time). The event will include stories of conscientious objectors from different faith and ideological backgrounds from around the world. You can join online with Zoom here: <a href="https://zoom.us/j/492546725?pwd=WXVCQUoyZ0I5bmxYZ1F5WjhZQS9EUT09" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">zoom.us/j/492546725?pwd=WXVCQUoyZ0I5bmxYZ1F5WjhZQS9EUT09</a></p> <p><strong>In the USA</strong>, <em>San Diego Veterans For Peace</em> and <em>the Peace Resource Center</em> Interactive Panel are organising an online panel, <em>Celebrating 4000 Years of Conscientious Objection.</em> The event will "examine our right to live by our conscience in a state dedicated to ongoing wars and aggression." To participate and find more information see here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/2548413165424207/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/2548413165424207/</a></p> <p><strong>War Resisters' International</strong><em> </em>office and <strong>Connection e.V.</strong><strong> </strong>are organising an online action, <em>Refuse to Kill</em>, as part of which a number of video messages from conscientious objectors and their supporters are shared. You can reach all videos here on <em>Refuse to Kill</em> channel : <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw/videos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw/videos</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42095&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="8U-u4_VnXspf7hNHOnhMM7WFTZqdjZzjqlBACQRQHMI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 15 May 2020 13:08:20 +0000 cmoy 42095 at https://wri-irg.org #CODay 2020: Showing solidarity with conscientious objectors everywhere! https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/coday-2020-showing-solidarity-conscientious-objectors-everywhere <div data-history-node-id="42092" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-03/43031860542_f43b3228a1_z.jpg?itok=fRRsLgaQ 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-03/43031860542_f43b3228a1_z.jpg?itok=Ix4c9Qjs 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-03/43031860542_f43b3228a1_z.jpg?itok=Ix4c9Qjs" alt="An action photo from South Korea" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 14 May 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This Friday, 15th May, is International Conscientious Objection Day. This year, <em><a href="https://wri-irg.org/en">War Resisters’ International</a> </em>office<em>, </em>together with <em><a href="https://en.connection-ev.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Connection e.V.</a>, </em>has<em> </em>called for an online action, calling for your video messages celebrating this day, sharing your stories as conscientious objectors (COs) as well as your solidarity messages with COs. All these videos will be available tomorrow on International Day of Conscientious Objection on our YouTube channel <a href="http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Refuse to Kill</em></a>.</p> <p>This year on this day, we particularly draw attention to those who have to leave their countries of origin due to forced recruitment and who are looking for protection in other countries. They are denied the human right of conscientious objection. But to flee from war and forced recruitment is generally not seen as a reason for asylum. Women and men who refuse compulsory recruitment to the military need protection!</p> <p>The contributions we received from all over the world are varied and colourful, just as varied are the reasons why people from different countries make the decision to refuse war and military service, sometimes at great risk. To date, we have received contributions from Angola, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Eritrea, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.”</p> <p>For more updates, follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/warresistersint" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Facebook</a> as well as on <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en">WRI</a> and <em><a href="https://www.connection-ev.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Connection e.V.</a></em>'s websites, and join us tomorrow with your posts on social media with the hashtag #CODay2020.</p> <h3>Actions/events happening on International Conscientious Objection Day (to be updated)</h3> <p><strong>In Colombia</strong>, a coalition of antimilitarist and CO organisations, including <em>Cuerpo Con-siente, Justapaz, CONOVA, BDS-Colombia, ACOOC</em>, among others, are holding a Virtual Antimilitarist Festival on May 15-16, from 9am to 5pm (Colombia time), you can join them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/justapazcol/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Justapaz's Facebook live.</a> </p> <p>Also, the <em>Kolectivo Antimilitarista de Medellín </em>and <em>La tulpa</em> are organising an online forum on education in nonviolence and antimilitarism on May 15 at 3pm (Colombia time) on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/escueladeexperienciasvivas/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Facebook Live of Escuela de Experiencias Vivas</a> and here <a href="https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/</a> </p> <p><strong>European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)</strong> is organising an online action, <em>#Militarydistancing</em>, and inviting all to share their peace messages on social media with the hashtags #MilitaryDistancing on 15th May. Find more information about EBCO's action here: <a href="https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465</a></p> <p><strong>In Germany,</strong> activists from local groups of <em>DFG-VK</em> (Frankfurt and Offenbach), <em>Connection e.V.</em> and <em>Pro Asyl</em> will gather (3:00 pm CEST) in Frankfurt (Hauptwache) to call for asylum for conscientious objectors and deserters. They will 'construct' the slogan „Conscientious Objectors and Deserters need Ayslum“ by means of modular components as in this short video: <a href="https://deref-web-02.de/mail/client/R-Hs0HLMtaE/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FHNFWg9fY44I" moz-do-not-send="true" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/HNFWg9fY44I</a>  </p> <p>Activists from <em>DFG-VK</em> (northern groups) will hold a vigil (from 12 am to 2 pm CEST) at the military airfield of Jagel nearby Schleswig (Schleswig-Holstein), holding banners for conscientious objectors and criticising Germany's involvement in numerous wars abroad. The activity will take place in the framework of a regional networking meeting with discussions on how to organise counter-recruitment work under the new circumstances of Covid-19.</p> <p><strong>In South Korea</strong>, <em>World without War,</em> together with refugee rights and transgender rights groups, hosted an online 'talk-show' for the CO Day. The event highlighted and criticised how the refugee screening, transgender gender correction screening, and conscientious objector screening processes are militarised. You can see it here (in Korean): <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be</a></p> <p><strong>In Turkey</strong>, <em>Conscientious Objection Association</em> is organising an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/864497034052358/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">online workshop</a> with a live broadcast on Youtube. The event will cover frequently asked questions by the followers of the Association, informing conscientious objectors, draft evaders and deserters about their legal rights, as well as including declarations by conscientious objectors. The broadcast (in Turkish) can be followed on 15th May, 7:00pm Turkish time, here: <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutube.com%2Fmeydanorg%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0bmu7fFgpgEClfGp6vOMHVVpv1xgHHPW6gJN29WxoNcRx2FkEdb4jp0Ek&amp;h=AT3ZTDu2seilDlos6qygC39YAPB7gIy2LJLhevGZZwbuHeNjv83bbFNadHxhQXyj7BgBC3-2IldRbvUNavRLBWqHi6W6F1cgn1m7SgLj9Q2FX4qbn58sNT5cczYLy_r7_KavlF0" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" role="link" tabindex="0" target="_blank">youtube.com/meydanorg</a></p> <p><strong>In Ukraine</strong>, <em>Ukrainian Pacifist Movement (UPM)</em>, who recently joined WRI network, will host a webinar, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1083876101983963/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the Right to Refuse to Kill in Ukraine</a>. The main language of the event will be Ukrainian, but UPM activists will be able to answer questions and give additional information in English.</p> <p><strong>In the UK</strong>, a coalition of British peace organisations will host an online ceremony at 12 midday UK time. There will be a minute's silence, songs and speeches on past and present experiences of conscientious objection (including a speaker from <em>Network of Eritrean Women</em>). Alongside this event, activists in Scotland and Leicester will also host online events. In Scotland, a group of peace organisations will host an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">online vigil</a> (5:30pm UK time), including stories of COs from the First and Second World Wars told by their descendants, profiles of contemporary COs and an update on work in support of COs at the UN. Find more information here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/</a> </p> <p>In Leicester, Leicester CND, Soka Gakkai, Community of Christ and other faith groups will host an online event called 'All voices for peace' (6:00pm UK time). The event will include stories of conscientious objectors from different faith and ideological backgrounds from around the world. You can join online with Zoom here: <a href="https://zoom.us/j/492546725?pwd=WXVCQUoyZ0I5bmxYZ1F5WjhZQS9EUT09" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">zoom.us/j/492546725?pwd=WXVCQUoyZ0I5bmxYZ1F5WjhZQS9EUT09</a></p> <p><strong>In the USA</strong>, <em>San Diego Veterans For Peace</em> and <em>the Peace Resource Center</em> Interactive Panel are organising an online panel, <em>Celebrating 4000 Years of Conscientious Objection.</em> The event will "examine our right to live by our conscience in a state dedicated to ongoing wars and aggression." To participate and find more information see here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/2548413165424207/">https://www.facebook.com/events/2548413165424207/</a></p> <p><strong>War Resisters' International</strong><em> </em>office and <strong>Connection e.V.</strong><strong> </strong>are organising an online action, <em>Refuse to Kill</em>, as part of which a number of video messages from conscientious objectors and their supporters are shared. You can reach all videos here on <em>Refuse to Kill</em> channel : <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw/videos">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw/videos</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42092&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="_LQcYA6gpZg6gSLokrpredHucJwFMUQROA_5smrSGy0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 14 May 2020 13:58:59 +0000 cmoy 42092 at https://wri-irg.org This Friday is International Conscientious Objection Day https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/friday-international-conscientious-objection-day <div data-history-node-id="42090" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-04/screenshot_2020-04-07_11.08.15.png?itok=q9VcdANi 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-04/screenshot_2020-04-07_11.08.15.png?itok=U9bTr-Ne 1x" type="image/png"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-04/screenshot_2020-04-07_11.08.15.png?itok=U9bTr-Ne" alt="WRI logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 13 May 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This Friday, 15th May, is International Conscientious Objection Day. This year, <em>War Resisters’ International, </em>together with <em><a href="https://en.connection-ev.org/">Connection e.V.</a>, </em>has<em> </em>called for your video contributions for our online action. We received your videos celebrating this day, sharing your stories as conscientious objectors as well as your solidarity messages with conscientious objectors. We will make all these videos available on15th May, 2020, the International Day of Conscientious Objection on our YouTube channel <a href="http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw"><em>Refuse to Kill</em></a>.</p> <p>"The contributions from all over the world are varied and colorful," said Igor Seke for <em>War Resisters’ International</em>, "And just as varied are the reasons why people from different countries make the decision to refuse war and military service, sometimes at great risk. To date, we have received contributions from Angola, Belgium, Cyprus, Eritrea, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.”</p> <p>Rudi Friedrich from the Germanny based <em>Connection e.V.</em> added: "This year, with the International Conscientious Objection Day, we particularly draw attention to those who have to leave their countries of origin due to forced recruitment and who are looking for protection in other countries. They are denied the human right of conscientious objection. But to flee from war and forced recruitment is generally not seen as a reason for asylum.”</p> <p>This year, our campaign emphasises the protection of people who do not want to participate in war and refuse to be part of the military. Women and men who refuse compulsory recruitment to the military need protection!</p> <p>To find more information follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/warresistersint">Facebook</a> as well as on WRI and <em><a href="https://www.connection-ev.org/">Connection e.V.</a></em>'s websites, and join us on this day with your posts on social media with the hashtag #CODay2020.</p> <h3>Actions/events happening on International Conscientious Objection Day (to be updated)</h3> <p><strong>In Colombia</strong>, a coalition of antimilitarist and CO organisations, including <em>Cuerpo Con-siente, Justapaz, CONOVA, BDS-Colombia, ACOOC</em>, among others, are holding a Virtual Antimilitarist Festival on May 15-16, from 9am to 5pm (Colombia time), you can join them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/justapazcol/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Justapaz's Facebook live.</a> </p> <p>Also, the <em>Kolectivo Antimilitarista de Medellín </em>and <em>La tulpa</em> are organising an online forum on education in nonviolence and antimilitarism on May 15 at 3pm (Colombia time) on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/escueladeexperienciasvivas/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Facebook Live of Escuela de Experiencias Vivas</a> and here <a href="https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.pluriversonarrativo.com/</a> </p> <p><strong>European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)</strong> is organising an online action, <em>#Militarydistancing</em>, and inviting all to share their peace messages on social media with the hashtags #MilitaryDistancing on 15th May. Find more information about EBCO's action here: <a href="https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://ebco-beoc.org/node/465</a></p> <p><strong>In Germany,</strong> activists from local groups of <em>DFG-VK</em> (Frankfurt and Offenbach), <em>Connection e.V.</em> and <em>Pro Asyl</em> will gather (3:00 pm CEST) in Frankfurt (Hauptwache) to call for asylum for conscientious objectors and deserters. They will 'construct' the slogan „Conscientious Objectors and Deserters need Ayslum“ by means of modular components as in this short video: <a href="https://deref-web-02.de/mail/client/R-Hs0HLMtaE/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FHNFWg9fY44I" moz-do-not-send="true" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/HNFWg9fY44I</a>  </p> <p>Activists from <em>DFG-VK</em> (northern groups) will hold a vigil (from 12 am to 2 pm CEST) at the military airfield of Jagel nearby Schleswig (Schleswig-Holstein), holding banners for conscientious objectors and criticising Germany's involvement in numerous wars abroad. The activity will take place in the framework of a regional networking meeting with discussions on how to organise counter-recruitment work under the new circumstances of Covid-19.</p> <p><strong>In South Korea</strong>, <em>World without War,</em> together with refugee rights and transgender rights groups, hosted an online 'talk-show' for the CO Day. The event highlighted and criticised how the refugee screening, transgender gender correction screening, and conscientious objector screening processes are militarised. You can see it here (in Korean): <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuPDm99zsc&amp;feature=youtu.be</a></p> <p><strong>In Turkey</strong>, <em>Conscientious Objection Association</em> is organising an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/864497034052358/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">online workshop</a> with a live broadcast on Youtube. The event will cover frequently asked questions by the followers of the Association, informing conscientious objectors, draft evaders and deserters about their legal rights, as well as including declarations by conscientious objectors. The broadcast (in Turkish) can be followed on 15th May, 7:00pm Turkish time, here: <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutube.com%2Fmeydanorg%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0bmu7fFgpgEClfGp6vOMHVVpv1xgHHPW6gJN29WxoNcRx2FkEdb4jp0Ek&amp;h=AT3ZTDu2seilDlos6qygC39YAPB7gIy2LJLhevGZZwbuHeNjv83bbFNadHxhQXyj7BgBC3-2IldRbvUNavRLBWqHi6W6F1cgn1m7SgLj9Q2FX4qbn58sNT5cczYLy_r7_KavlF0" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" role="link" tabindex="0" target="_blank">youtube.com/meydanorg</a></p> <p><strong>In Ukraine</strong>, <em>Ukrainian Pacifist Movement (UPM)</em>, who recently joined WRI network, will host a webinar, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1083876101983963/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the Right to Refuse to Kill in Ukraine</a>. The main language of the event will be Ukrainian, but UPM activists will be able to answer questions and give additional information in English.</p> <p><strong>In the UK</strong>, a coalition of British peace organisations will host an online ceremony at 12 midday UK time. There will be a minute's silence, songs and speeches on past and present experiences of conscientious objection (including a speaker from <em>Network of Eritrean Women</em>). Alongside this event, activists in Scotland and Leicester will also host online events. In Scotland, a group of peace organisations will host an <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">online vigil</a> (5:30pm UK time), including stories of COs from the First and Second World Wars told by their descendants, profiles of contemporary COs and an update on work in support of COs at the UN. Find more information here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/215790349746205/</a> </p> <p>In Leicester, Leicester CND, Soka Gakkai, Community of Christ and other faith groups will host an online event called 'All voices for peace' (6:00pm UK time). The event will include stories of conscientious objectors from different faith and ideological backgrounds from around the world. You can join online with Zoom here: <a href="https://zoom.us/j/492546725?pwd=WXVCQUoyZ0I5bmxYZ1F5WjhZQS9EUT09" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">zoom.us/j/492546725?pwd=WXVCQUoyZ0I5bmxYZ1F5WjhZQS9EUT09</a></p> <p><strong>In the USA</strong>, <em>San Diego Veterans For Peace</em> and <em>the Peace Resource Center</em> Interactive Panel are organising an online panel, <em>Celebrating 4000 Years of Conscientious Objection.</em> The event will "examine our right to live by our conscience in a state dedicated to ongoing wars and aggression." To participate and find more information see here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/2548413165424207/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/2548413165424207/</a></p> <p><strong>War Resisters' International</strong><em> </em>office and <strong>Connection e.V.</strong><strong> </strong>are organising an online action, <em>Refuse to Kill</em>, as part of which a number of video messages from conscientious objectors and their supporters are shared. You can reach all videos here on <em>Refuse to Kill</em> channel : <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw/videos" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw/videos</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/international-conscientious-objection-day" hreflang="en">International Conscientious Objection Day</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42090&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="m2z0pcAASpMFkNfZY0WgqMgXLzD2Ke5tWkxvWlGANhU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 13 May 2020 18:03:58 +0000 cmoy 42090 at https://wri-irg.org