International Conscientious Objectors’ Day

Every year on May 15th we remember those who have established and are maintaining the right to refuse to kill, both in the past and today. Hundreds of people across the world are imprisoned or forced to flee their home countries for refusing to join the armed forces. On May 15th we stand in solidarity with them, as well as celebrating the memory of all those throughout history who have resisted conscription.

This year on May 15th there will be several events, open to anyone in the UK or abroad. Usually ceremonies are held around the UK, but this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak the ceremonies will happen online.

NATIONAL CEREMONY – FRIDAY MAY 15TH – 12 MIDDAY

Join us for a minute’s silence, songs and speeches. I will read testimonies from Second World War conscientious objectors. Niat Chefena Hailemariam from Network of Eritrean Women will speak about military service in Eritrea, which is compulsory for both men and women.

Here’s my one minute trailer for this event…

Visit this page https://www.ppu.org.uk/international-conscientious-objectors-day
for updates and how to join closer to the time…
or go to http://www.co-day.org

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