Prisoners for peace day postcard

On December 1st support and write to Prisoners for Peace

December 1st is Prisoners for Peace Day. On this day (and every day) we encourage you to show solidarity with the activists and conscientious objectors imprisoned due to their peace work and their refusal to take arms and perform military service.

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In Prison Now: Prisoners for Peace List, November 2021

Here is a list of some of those currently in prison for their work for peace.

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ECtHR: Azerbaijan violated conscientious objectors' human rights

On 7 October, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a decision that Azerbaijan had violated the human rights of two Jehovah's Witness young men, Emil Mehdiyev and Vahid Abilov, who had been convicted in 2018 for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience.

Conscientious objectors Eran Aviv and Shahar Peretz / photo by Refusers Solidarity Network

Israel: Conscientious objectors Eran Aviv and Shahar Peretz resist for peace

Read the stories of Shahar Peretz,18, and Eran Aviv, 19, who are currently serving time in prison for their conscientious objection to military service. Shahar and Eran describe how young people in Israel, from an early age, are habituated through school and the wider society to their joining the IDF, and their refusal to take part in the occupation and the cycle of violence.