Conscience submits report on conscientious objection to the United Nations 

by Shaughan Dolan ~ February 10th, 2017. Filed under: News.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights produces a report on conscientious objection to military service every four years. The report will highlight positive developments and continuing challenges for COs around the world. The more NGOs that provide input detailing progress and continuing violations the stronger the report will be. We have made a submission to be included in the report.

It will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June when States and NGOs will have the chance to comment. In September 2017 the Human Rights Council will consider adopting a resolution on the right of conscientious objection to military service. A strong report is a good foundation for this resolution which in turn should be a tool for advocacy at the national and international level and for bilateral pressure for change from one State to another.

Conscience has taken this opportunity to highlight the pressures facing conscientious objectors to military taxation and have submitted a full breakdown of the history and current issues facing those who refuse to pay for war. We have argued that the extension of CO status for taxpayers is becoming increasingly necessary in a world of ever-more mechanised warfare,

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