Category: Our Stories

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: We met this year with harrowing images of a new outbreak of violence in the Israeli / Palestinian […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anne’s story

Anne McCullagh-DLyske is a war tax resister and an Executive Committee member of Conscience: Taxes For Peace Not War.  She is also the Coordinator of Conscience in Scotland. She has been tireless in organising the 15th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns which is taking place in Edinburgh later this month. […]

It was my grandmother who inspired me to join the peace movement

Hello.  My name is Karen Robinson.  I am very excited to have recently started work as the new Campaign Worker for Conscience: Taxes For Peace Not War. Perhaps in this first post I could share a little of my background and why I was so interested in applying for the job. It was my grandmother […]