Author: Karen Robinson

Applying for exemption from military service in Colombia: a personal account

A guest blog by Santiago Forero about his experience of applying for exemption from military service in Colombia In Colombia military service has been mandatory throughout our history.  Every male has to register with the military by their 18th birthday.  However there are some exemptions to military service.  Conscientious objection is now one of the […]

Three stories from International Conscientious Objectors’ Day

Last year, during the first lockdown, the national ceremony to mark International Conscientious Objectors’ Day was held online. On 15 May this year we met again online. The video of the ceremony can be found here: http://www.co-day.org We met this year with harrowing images of a new outbreak of violence in the Israeli / Palestinian […]

Learning about the foundation of the United Nations 75 years ago

In 2020 people from different parts of the globe marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. In 1945 – the year the Second World War ended – an international conference was held over nine weeks in San Francisco. It represented an extraordinary coming together of countries all over the world to […]

This year has been so hard for so many

This year has been so hard for so many. In some ways the first lockdown still feels very recent. On 17 April I wrote a blog, ‘Turning our priorities upside down’, reflecting on what was happening then. You can find the blog here; https://conscienceonline.org.uk/blog/2020/04/17/turning-our-priorities-upside-down/. At the time of writing 14,576 people had died from Covid-19 […]

Reflection on the horror of war – 75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Yesterday was ‘VJ Day’ or ‘Victory in Japan Day’. On 15 August 1945, 75 years ago, Japan surrendered to the Allied forces, including the UK. This was the end of the Second World War. But there is no victory in war. Human beings on all sides, whether they are soldiers or civilians, lose in war. […]

Stories of three people who conscientiously objected to war

On 2 July Conscience was delighted to welcome Symon Hill, Campaigns and Communications Manager at the Peace Pledge Union, as our guest speaker at our first webinar, ‘Voices of Conscientious Objection’. Many of you will know, the Peace Pledge Union is a pacifist network promoting active nonviolence and challenging militarism. Learning more about the early […]

Campaigning in parliament for a Peace Tax

The last time Conscience launched a Bill in parliament, trying to change the law so that citizens have the right to conscientiously object to paying the military proportion of their taxes, was in 2016. The Bill called for a Peace Tax.  You can read about the Taxes for Peace Bill 2016 here: https://www.conscienceonline.org.uk/our-previous-work/new-taxes-for-peace-draft-bill/ I have […]

Inspiring online ceremony marks International Conscientious Objectors’ Day

“Every year on 15 May we remember those who have established, and are maintaining, the right to refuse to kill. Hundreds of people across the world are imprisoned, or forced to flee their home countries, for refusing to join the armed forces. On 15 May we stand in solidarity with them, as well as celebrating the memory of […]

International webinar marks Global Days of Action on Military Spending

I was very excited to be invited to speak at an international webinar ‘Move the Nuclear Weapons (and Fossil Fuel) Money‘ on 21 April. The webinar was organised by Abolition 2000, Basel Peace Office, Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and the World Future Council. Conscience worked with many of […]

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