Inspiring online ceremony marks International Conscientious Objectors’ Day

by Karen Robinson ~ May 31st, 2020. Filed under: News.

Over the last eight months Karen Robinson, Campaign Worker for Conscience, has been meeting with representatives from eleven other organisations to plan a national ceremony for International Conscientious Objectors’ Day.

Here is her blog on the moving online national ceremony which took place on 15 May 2020.

Inspiring online ceremony marks International Conscientious Objectors’ Day

On behalf of the planning group, Karen introduced the online ceremony and welcomed attendees from all over the country, from her room in Worthing.

Michael Mears produced an extraordinary performance piece especially for the online ceremony, based on testimonies from Second World War conscientious objectors.

Niat Chefena Hailemariam from the Network of Eritrean Women spoke very movingly to us about military service in Eritrea, which is compulsory for both men and women; “There are many Eritreans who, for moral or religious reasons, have refused to join the military. Their objection has caused them to flee, and some of them have been imprisoned indefinitely, for years and years.”

165 people attended the online ceremony, and a total of 550 people watched the video of the event at some point in the day.

You can find a programme for the event and watch the video of the ceremony at the new webpage for International Conscientious Objectors’ Day:

You can also find a wealth of resources about conscientious objection there.

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