OHCHR publishes guide to conscientious objection UN human rights agency publishes guide to Conscientious Objection. PDF available at War Resisters International link above.
A handful of Israeli teenagers go to prison every year because they refuse to serve in their country’s army on grounds of conscience. Nineteen-year old Natan Blanc from Haifa has been through this seven times in four months. Blanc says he will not participate in human rights violations against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. HeContinue reading Conscript facing jail again for refusing to go against his conscience
Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society Edited by Ozgur Heval Cinar and Coskun Usterci Refusing to take part in war is as old as war itself. This wide-ranging and original book brings together four different bodies of knowledge to examine the pratice of conscientious objection: historical and philosophical analyses of conscientious objection as a critique of compulsoryContinue reading Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society – the book
Sir Michael Tippett (1905 – 1998) without doubt was a significant British composer of the 20th century. His oratorio ‘A Child of Our Time‘, composed during the Second World War, deals with violent incidents of those years in the context of the experiences of oppressed people generally, and carries a strongly pacifist message of ultimateContinue reading Michael Tippett – a renowned British composer, an active pacifist
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjndTXyk3mw] Translation in English (taken from here) Original lyrics after the English translation Mr. President I’m writing you a letter that perhaps you will read If you have the time.
Go to War Resisters International website post for details War Resisters International is gathering information on conscription and conscientious objection in Eritrea to submit to UNHRC.
“Conscientious objection to military service is a subtle concept. Broadly speaking, it arises when a serving or prospective member of the armed forces finds that their work cannot / could not be done in good conscience. When the claim of conscience is sufficiently powerful for the person to seek to remove themselves from their work, then a conscientious objectionContinue reading Conscientious Objection in the UK Armed Forces
Ex soldier Joe Glenton refused to return to Afghanistan -full article [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/32878122 w=400&h=300] When the War on Terror began, Briton Joe Glenton felt compelled to serve his nation. He passed through basic training and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. What he saw overseas left him disillusioned, and he returned home increasingly political and manifesting symptomsContinue reading Ex soldier Joe Glenton refused to return to Afghanistan
Why I refused to return to fight in Afghanistan’s brutal occupation | Joe Glenton | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk. “… conscientious objection is a legal and contractual right. In fact, it is more than that – it is a legal and moral obligation. This is why we must not accept the debate about servingContinue reading John Glenton: Why I refused to return to fight in Afghanistan’s brutal occupation
http://www.wri-irg.org/node/21080 Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc has just been imprisoned – for the fifth time. 19-years-old, from Haifa, Natan Blanc declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army for the fifth time on 21st January. He was sentenced to 20 days’ imprisonment for his refusal.