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War resisters

Support conscientious objectors in Israel - Get involved in War Resisters' International's campaign for 15 May (International Conscientious Objectors' Day)

International Conscientious Objectors' Day 2003 focuses on solidarity with conscientious objectors in Israel, and nonviolent resistance against the Israeli occupation. Andreas Speck, WRI's CO Campaign Worker, explains why.

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Celebrate, for now

Good news for a change from Turkey: on 9 March, gay Turkish conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan was unexpectedly released from the military prison in Sivas, following an order by the Milit

A young movement in search of direction

In March 2003 an international conference on conscientious objection to military service, taking place in Seoul, attracted more than 400 participants over two days.

Human right v Anti-militarist action

Andreas: When I became a total objector in Germany in the mid-80s, I saw my objection as an act of civil disobedience against militarism, or, more specifically, against th

CO day

International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, 15 May, was marked by four events in Britain.

"You are not forgotten"

When on 14 October 1996, Osman (Ossi) Murat Ulke began to serve his sentence in the military prison of Mamak in Ankara, a flood of protest and solidarity letters soon poured in. His case shows how effective letters to Prisoners for Peace can be. Ossi's imprisonment had been expected and partner organizations in Western Europe (including many sections of the WRI) and in Turkey were prepared.

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Delivering the message, loud and clear

Thirty-two people is a small number. A demonstration with thirty-two participants would hardly be worthy of the word.

Winter soldier

On 16 June, 24-year-old Matthis Chiroux, who joined the US army at 18, having been targeted by military recruiters since he was 16, and who served in Afghanistan among other places before b

Conscientious objector forced to serve in military

In early October, Colombian conscientious objector Juan Carlos Montoya Munera was forcefully recruited by the Colombian military in the city of Antioquia, and taken to the barracks of the B

William Hathaway, Radical Peace. People Refusing War

Trine Day, 2010; 179pp; £9.23

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