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Actions against NATO in Brussels

Actions are taking place in Brussels this week against in the run up to the NATO summit. Yesterday (23rd May), a group of peace activists occupied the offices of the European Commission. With their action they denounced the steps the European Union is taking to start a military research programme carried out by the arms industry. They set up tents, and were in place in all morning.

See a video of yesterday's occupation of the European Commission here.

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Webinar: Resisting militarisation in South Korea

This Thursday (25th May), War Resisters' International is organising a webinar on conscientious objection, peace education and countering youth militarisation in South Korea. In the webinar, we will be joined by two Seoul-based activists, Hanui Choi (PEACE MOMO) and Seungho Park (World without War), who have been active within the peace movement for many years. In order to join us, register here: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=ED50D784854B3A

Time and Date: 12:00 (BST), 13:00 (CEST) and 20:00 (KST) (For your local time see here: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/)

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Antimilitarist and nonviolent solidarity with Venezuela - statement from RAMALC

The Antimilitarist Network of Latin America and the Carribean (Red Antimilitarista de América Latina y el Caribe, RAMALC) have published a statement in solidarity with antimilitarists, conscientious objectors, nonviolent and pacifists in Venezuela (an English version is forthcoming). It extends support to the community of human rights defenders being persecuted for their work. The statement has been endorsed by the WRI Executive Committee.

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CO day 2017: showing solidarity with war refusers everywhere!

Pedalling for peace in Seoul on CO dayInternational Conscientious Objection Day was marked on Monday by antimilitarists around the world, celebrating those who have - and those who continue - to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military structures.

It’s a day when we celebrate refusal, disobedience, and everything that says no to militarism. But also a day when we say yes to nonviolence, solidarity, and reclaiming our bodies and communities for coexistence!

Have a look here for news of street actions in Colombia, singing in Sheffield, street-naming in Mannheim, a 'vegan sandwiches and antimilitarism forum' and conscientious objector declarations in Istanbul, and more!

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15th May: Today is International Conscientious Objection day

Conscientious objection means refusing to be co-opted into militarism. It means naming armies and organised violent groups for what they really are, and often being at risk of imprisonment and social stigma for doing so.

It also means joining in an internationalist movement, which is organising nonviolently towards societies free from war and oppression. This work is made more possible by solidarity across borders - and that's where you come in!

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War Stops Here: support international resistance at the London arms fair

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In September 2017, thousands of arms dealers will descend on London to market their wares to militaries from across the globe. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) - is one of the biggest arms fairs in the world, and it takes place in east London every two years, exporting death and destruction around the world.

We are the international resistance to DSEI, and we need your help.

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Editorial

Approaching International Conscientious Objection Day (15th May), the updates from the last couple of months - which have unfortunately been mostly negative - are reminding us: we need to keep mobilising our movements for conscientious objection, and strengthening our networks of international solidarity.

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Call-out for The Broken Rifle 108: the militarisation of policing and security

Militarised police in training. Photo: Tim McAteerAll around the world, police forces are being militarised. The lines between the roles of the police and the military are being blurred, with narratives of heightened threat (from terror, drugs, social unrest or people on the move) being used to justify this militarisation.

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Call-out for The Broken Rifle 108: the militarisation of policing and security

Militarised police in training. Photo: Tim McAteerAll around the world, police forces are being militarised. The lines between the roles of the police and the military are being blurred, with narratives of heightened threat (from terror, drugs, social unrest or people on the move) being used to justify this militarisation.

Militarised policing is something which runs far deeper than the surface veneer of militarised equipment and body armour; scratch the bullet-proof vest and underneath you will find a militarised mentality conditioned to perceive the 'other' as a threat, an enemy, and to respond accordingly.

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Call-out to arms fair resisters across the world

Members of WRI resist the ADEX arms fair in Seoul, 2015

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Call-out to arms fair resisters across the world

International activists inside the arms dealers' welcome dinner at ADEX 2015 in SeoulThe arms trade is a global phenomenon and arms fairs are the nexus of this trade: the physical sites which bring together those who manufacture, profit from, orchestrate and deliver suffering and death. But asthe arms trade is global so is our resistance, with actions against arms fairs taking place worldwide and increasing levels of transnational activism reflecting the global reality and consequences of this trade.

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Call-out to arms fair resisters across the world

International activists inside the arms dealers' welcome dinner at ADEX 2015 in SeoulThis is a call-out to arms fair resisters across the world to join a Skype conversation with other grassroots activists.

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Call-out for The Broken Rifle 108: the militarisation of policing and security

Militarised police in Ferguson, USA

All around the world, police forces are being militarised. The lines between the roles of the police and the military are being blurred, with narratives of heightened threat (from terror, drugs, social unrest or people on the move) being used to justify this militarisation.

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Stop NATO 2017!

The new NATO headquarters in Brussels under constructionOn 24th and 25th May, NATO leaders will be in Brussels for the inauguration of their new headquarters and an important NATO summit – the first to be attended by US president Donald Trump.

On the table will be a push to make certain that NATO member states increase spending on their military budgets to 2% of GDP, with 20% going towards buying arms; fuelling a destabilising arms race.

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CO Alerts: See our guidelines to take advantage of WRI's email alert system for conscientious objectors

War Resisters' International has a CO-Alert system that we use to pressure authorities across the world where conscientious objectors (COs) face persecution.

Hundreds of subscribers receive an email, and they use an email template (here's an example) to protest the treatment of COs to the relevant authorities, for example asking for their release from forced recruitment or imprisonment.

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TURKEY: Jail Term for Conscientious Objector Onur Erden

Conscientious objector Onur Erden has been sentenced to 10 months in prison on charge of deserting mandatory military service. Erden will go to prison if the penalty is approved by the Military Supreme Court.

Trials of conscientious objectors Onur Erden and Uğur Gültekin, who were pending a trial without arrest on charge of deserting mandatory military service, were heard by Gelibolu 2nd Corps Commandership Military Court.

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SWEDEN: Military conscription reintroduced

Sweden is to reintroduce military conscription by 1 July, citing difficulties in filling army ranks on a voluntary basis and increased Russian military activity in the Baltics.

The defence minister the Social Democrat-Green coalition government, Peter Hultqvist, said the move was in response to a deteriorating security environment in Europe. “We are in a context where Russia has annexed Crimea,” the minister told AFP. “They are doing more exercises in our immediate vicinity.”

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