Burning defiance

IssueJune - July 2024
Photo: Ukrainian Pacifist Movement
News by PN staff

On 15 May, the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement’s executive secretary Yurii Sheliazhenko set fire to a draft card at the start of the group’s online gathering for International Conscientious Objectors’ Day. UPM said: ‘[D]espite some fair judgments in favor of conscientious objectors and pacifists... the majority of judicial practice in Ukraine illegally condones political repressions.’ Yurii himself is facing an unjust prosecution (see PN 2671). In the UK, there were events in Bury St Edmunds, Edinburgh, Leicester, Liverpool, and Manchester. The national ceremony in Tavistock Square, Central London, can be seen on YouTube: www.tinyurl.com/peacenews4241