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Foto: Yurii Sheliazhenko.

Words of welcome on the occasion of the International Day of Conscientious Objection

Ukrainian Pacifist Movement

Uploaded 23.05.2024

(15.05.2024) Dear friends, greetings from Kyiv and my best wishes for success in your peace initiatives. Ukraine suffers from brutal criminal invasion of Putin’s army, and global solidarity for nonviolent resistance to Russian aggression is needed to end the war by peaceful means [...]. I have no good news from Ukraine for you. The number of Ukrainian kids killed by the Kremlin’s war exceeded half a thousand.

Conscientious objectors memorial stone in Tavistock Square, London. Photo: Peace Pledge Union.

National Ceremony on Tavistock Square in London

International Day of Conscientious Objection

Uploaded 22.05.2024

(15.05.2024) The International Day of Conscientious Objection 2024 was marked with speeches and music before the conscientious objectors’ memorial stone in Tavistock Square, London. The ceremony paid tribute to the struggles of conscientious objectors in Israel, as well as in Russia, Ukraine, and many other countries around the world. The event was recorded and can be watched in full length on YouTube.

Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN)

A refuser wave is on the way

Newsletter of the Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN)

Uploaded 21.05.2024

(19.05.2024) Dear all, Mattan here. I’m the Executive Director of Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN) and an Israeli refuser. Over the last few weeks, there’s been a noticeable shift in Israeli public sentiment and we’ve received signs indicating the emergence of a new wave of refusal. Increasingly, Israelis view the ongoing fighting not merely as a matter of self-defense aimed at bringing hostages home, but rather as an enduring political war with a right-wing agenda.

United Nations, General Assembly: Report on Conscientious Objection

Conscientious objection to military service

Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Uploaded 21.05.2024

(21.05.2024) In the present report, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights provides recommendations on legal and policy frameworks to uphold human rights in the context of conscientious objection to military service in accordance with States’ obligations under international human rights law and applicable international human rights standards. The Office addresses, in particular, the recognition of the right to conscientious objection to military service in domestic law, the application procedures, genuine alternatives to military service, the promotion of conscientious objection to military service and the processing and recognition of the refugee status of conscientious objectors.