WRI Office Report https://updates.wri-irg.org/en?language=en en WRI five year report - 2014 to 2019 https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2019/wri-five-year-report-2014-2019?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--41776.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="41776" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 24 Jul 2019</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This report outlines the work of WRI's staff, executive committee and various regional groups in the period 2014 to 2019, and will be presented at our Assembly meeting in Bogota, Colombia, in July 2019.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2014-2019-report_0.pdf">The PDF of the report can be found here.</a></p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-office-report" hreflang="en">WRI Office Report</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=41776&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="V7cOGVVJOY7R6YGBp68C3ZMBpAE0LvU5Ob-7NDttfUw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:10:44 +0000 Andrew 41776 at https://updates.wri-irg.org War Resisters' International Office and Executive Report October 2017 – April 2018 https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2018/war-resisters-international-office-and-executive-report-october-2017-april-2018?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 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'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2018-04/caat-38.jpg?itok=5FtMpxlJ" alt="A group of people standing up in various position and holding up a thread that links them all" title="Photo: CAAT" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> </picture> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <div class="caption">Photo: CAAT</div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 24 Apr 2018</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong>Put together by the WRI Executive Committee and Staff.</strong></p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">It is barely seven months since the Council meeting in London. Therefore, this report is more modestly sized than usual. Some of the highlights since October include the meeting on Eritrea in Brussels, the week of action against the militarization of youth, Prisoners' for Peace day and, more recently, the training on gender and Countering the Militarisation of Youth (CMoY) that took place in London.</p> <h1 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">1. WRI Internal</h1> <h2>1.1 Council 2017</h2> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="People standing in a row holding the WRI banner" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="homepage_slider_image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="35b002e1-7b2b-4b0a-87c0-d253d681741d" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/homepage_slider_desktop/public/2017-11/wri_banner_0.jpeg?itok=fAWPmLJ1 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/homepage_slider_tablet_landscape/public/2017-11/wri_banner_0.jpeg?itok=PJgTGQ4X 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/homepage_slider_tablet_portrait/public/2017-11/wri_banner_0.jpeg?itok=2Y2IX8DC 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/homepage_slider_mobile/public/2017-11/wri_banner_0.jpeg?itok=ZpQ8kfd4 1x" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/homepage_slider_tablet_portrait/public/2017-11/wri_banner_0.jpeg?itok=2Y2IX8DC" alt="People standing in a row holding the WRI banner" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> </picture> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><span><font face="Liberation Sans, sans-serif">WRI’s Council meeting </font></span>took place on the 11th and 12th of September 2017 in London. The dates were set to coincide with <a href="/en/story/2017/actions-against-dsei-arms-fair-and-wri-council-london-september-2017">actions against the DSEI arms fair</a>, in which many Council members participated. WRI also organised a seminar entitled "<a href="/en/event/2017-09/war-stops-here-public-education-day-arms-trade-0">War Stops Here. Public Education on the Arms Trade</a>" for participants in the actions against DSEI. The seminar was held close to the gates of the fair. Council discussed WRI’s programmes and finances, potential changes to the WRI constitution, and proposals for future events, such as the International Assembly 2019 and the centennial in 2021. The minutes of the Council meeting have been distributed.</p> <h2>1.2 Executive</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The WRI Executive, consisting of Jungmin Choi, Cattis Laska, Hülya Üçpınar, Sergeiy Sandler (Treasurer) and Christine Schweitzer (Chair), continues to meet every month via Skype, and had a face-to-face meeting in London from the 26th to 28th of January 2018. In addition, all Exec members participate in at least one WRI working and task group. Since the last report, preparation for this eCouncil, the event in Colombia 2019, and discussions of changes to the constitution have comprised the largest proportion of the Exec’s work.</p> <h2>1.3 Working Groups</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">There are no changes to the statuses of the working groups:</p> <ul> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">the <strong>Women's Working Group</strong> still formally exists, but has not met in person or online during the past year.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">the <strong>Queer Working Group</strong> has recently functioned more as a network, and therefore has renamed itself the <strong>WRI Queer Network</strong>, since it was felt that this represented the group better; thus, it no longer exists as a working group.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>1.4 Office</h2> <h3>Staff</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">At present, Andrew Metheven and Hannah Brock both work four days a week and Semih Sapmaz worked on a number of projects on a freelance basis. They hold regular meetings, and go on a half-day away every six months to make plans for the coming months.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Andrew works on the <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/8">Nonviolence</a> programme, and Hannah on the <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1">Right to Refuse to Kill</a> programme. Semih worked in projects related to both the <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/433">Countering the Militarisation of Youth</a> and Right to Refuse to Kill programmes.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">This summer, Andrew and his family will be moving back to Bradford (in the north of England), and from then on he will be working partly from home and partly from the office.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The staff and Exec are already thinking of ways to ensure the staff continue to work well together across different sites – including new virtual meetings structures and ensuring that the new staff worker attends Exec meetings in person.</p> <h3>Volunteers and Interns</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <div alt="Three people sitting on the floor speaking to a group (unseen)" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="03ddb108-e498-475e-9c6b-7cefbbf060fc" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Three people sitting on the floor speaking to a group (unseen)" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/marcela-for-volunteer-section.jpg?itok=WwDSkS3Y" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/marcela-for-volunteer-section.jpg?itok=WwDSkS3Y 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Susan asks Marcela a question at War Stops Here, September 2017. Photo: CAAT</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">In 2017, we were very happy to host Marcela Paz, from Chile, as our Right to Refuse to Kill intern. Marcela spent three months in the office, working on reports from Latin America for the <a href="/en/co/rtba/index.html">CONCODOC database</a>, supporting the <a href="https://antimili-youth.net/week-action-military-free-education-and-research">CMoY week of action</a>, taking part in Council, speaking at the War Stops Here seminar, connecting WRI and <a href="/en/network/regional-networks">RAMALC</a>, and starting to plan the Colombia meeting. Thank you, Marcela!</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Martyn Lowe, who has been a regular volunteer at the WRI office for many years, continues to visit the office every November for three-to-four days to help us with the annual fundraising appeal; we are always very glad of his significant contribution!</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">WRI is supported by a large network of translators – some are members of the Council or Executive, others have volunteered through our website. They include: Carlos Barranco, Nayua Abdelkefi, Igor Seke, Matias Mulet, Laura Perez Poza, Oscar Huenchunao, Pedro Ballesteros, Clara Delgado, Eva Aneiros, Cristian González, Mabel Pedemonte, Mayra Cavilla, Yolanda Alvarez, César Pérez, Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe, Martin Vallarino Arrospide, Carolina Olivero, Lydia Saiz, Mariana Avalaos, Manuel Torres, Paul Rankin, Ruby Starheart, Grace Brown, Anjali Mukhi Navalrai, Kevin Siegel, Inge Dreger, Gerd Buentzly, Christine Schweitzer, Rainer Sonntag, Caroline Wedler, Richard Meakin, Diana Vega, Laura Guthrie, Benjamin Lacey, David Scheuing, René Burget, Tikiri, Bastien Zara, Eve Tignol, Nolwenn Gaudin, Yoann Re, John Bogard, Lydia Castiello, Romain Ducroux, Maude Boudreault, Lewis Sinkala, Eleonora Romagna, D. Phillips, Asunción Serrano, Laura Poza, Laura Sanquer, Daniel Montes Esteban, Sofia Maestro Sanz, Joel Dergal, Matilde Gómez Sánchez, Yamina Bouali, Nina Krotov, Hortense Maignien, Felix Lonji, Safaa Issaad and Elizabeth Cortes.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">In addition to this list of volunteers, many people help us through the Rosetta Foundation's website (<a href="http://trommons.org">trommons.org</a>), which links up volunteer translators with not-for-profit groups for one-off tasks. Thank you to all of them! However, because of a change in structure – which will require WRI to pay to access this pool of volunteers – we do not expect to be able to use Trommons in the future.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Finally, thanks to our proofreading volunteers: Emma Green, Spencer P. Malloy, Andrew Jackson and Lyn Setchell (and especially to Lyn who proofread this report!).</p> <h1 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">2. WRI Programmes</h1> <h2>2.1 <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/433">Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme</a></h2> <h3>Programme Activities</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <div alt="Street action in front of the Military Recruitment Office in Athens, group of people standing with banners outside" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f4f2ef75-c2a6-4834-9842-bb572f6f6e7b" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Street action in front of the Military Recruitment Office in Athens, group of people standing with banners outside" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/action_in_russia.jpg?itok=PApnAStP" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/action_in_russia.jpg?itok=PApnAStP 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Street action at the Athens Military Recruitment Office</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong>The International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth </strong>was held for the fourth time between 20–26 November 2017. During the Week, activists from various countries organised actions and events protesting against the militarisation of youth and promoting ways to engage young people in peace and nonviolence. The Week has been organised since 2014 (<a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/MilitaryFreeWeekReport">wri-irg.org/en/MilitaryFreeWeekReport</a>), following an international day of action held in 2013</p> <p>Over the last four years, many activists have taken part by organising autonomous actions, such as protests in front of military recruitment centres, arms fairs, and job fairs attended by the military and arms fairs. They have organised talks, workshops, panel sessions and movie screenings. Some of them set up information stalls in front of schools, and circulated leaflets informing the public about youth militarisation and how to take action against it. Other activists took online actions by posting content jointly on social media, and some published reports and articles on youth militarisation in their countries and how to resist it.</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <div alt="A demonstration in Tel Aviv by the Mesarvot network - a solidarity network supporting political conscientious objectors in Israe" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="831f599b-29ee-46d8-b676-17333d202e66" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="A demonstration in Tel Aviv by the Mesarvot network - a solidarity network supporting political conscientious objectors in Israe" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/mesarvot_action.jpg?itok=1B5JhGn-" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/mesarvot_action.jpg?itok=1B5JhGn- 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Demonstration in Tel Aviv</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Similarly, during the fourth the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth various interesting actions, events and publications were undertaken. Examples from last November include:</p> <ul> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">A demonstration in Tel Aviv by the Mesarvot network – a solidarity network supporting political conscientious objectors in Israel – in support of the young refuser, Matan Hellmann.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">street actions in front of the military recruitment centre in Helsinki by AKL, the Union of Conscientious Objectors.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">another street action in front of the Military Recruitment Office in Athens organised by World Without Wars and Violence, the Association of Conscientious Objectors, Service Civil International Hellas, and the feminist collective the Purple.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">a panel session and a movie screening by NESEHNUTI in Brno, Czech Republic, and an article published on antimili-youth.net.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">another movie screening and discussion, this time held in Russia by the Movement of Conscientious Objectors (<a href="http://stoparmy.tilda.ws/">stoparmy.tilda.ws</a>).</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">a photo exhibition in Seoul, South Korea, by the Peace Education Project MOMO.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">street actions by Granny Peace Brigade activists from the USA who travelled to high schools throughout New York City and informed students and parents about alternatives to the military service.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">an article series on the militarisation of youth in the United States, published by the National Network Opposing the Militarisation of Youth (from the USA) throughout the week. You can read all these articles on antimili-youth.net.</p> </li> </ul> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">This year’s week of action will take place on between 12-–18 November 2018. Planning is in progress with the support of an international group of activists from different countries. If you'd like to take part in its planning and/or get more information contact us via <a href="mailto:cmoy@wri-irg.org">cmoy@wri-irg.org</a>, and follow us at antimili-youth.net and on social media.</p> <h3 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Thanks to the support of the Network for Social Change, during the previous year we started a new project: Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation. The project includes training sessions with activists from different countries that focus on the role of gender politics in developing more effective campaigns against the militarisation of youth, and an e-publication that further explores related issues.</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"> <div alt="Group of people sitting around a table, one person holding a piece of flip chart paper and speaking about what's on the paper" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c6556cb5-ae94-4739-96ee-8b35f72062cc" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Group of people sitting around a table, one person holding a piece of flip chart paper and speaking about what's on the paper" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/2018-02/20180203_155125.jpg?itok=BODcUAOK" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/2018-02/20180203_155125.jpg?itok=BODcUAOK 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Gathering on the militarisation of youth in Europe, held in London between 2-4 February 2018</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p align="left" class="western" lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Our first gathering, which addressed the militarisation of youth in Europe, was held in London between 2–4 February 2018. Supported by the facilitators network Turning the Tide, the gathering hosted activists from AKL (Union of Conscientious Objectors) and Committee of 100 from Finland, Nesehnuti from the Czech Republic, DFG-VK and BSV from Germany, Movimento Nonviolento from Italy, Centre Delàs from Catalonia, and the Peace Pledge Union and ForcesWatch from the UK.</p> <p align="left" class="western" lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">During the training, activists took part in various activities exploring how military values are promoted to young people, in what ways this militarisation is gendered, and how we can plan effective strategies to counter these forces.</p> <p align="left" class="western" lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Currently we're working on the preparations for our second training, which is going to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between 26–28 May 2018. At our second gathering we're hoping to host activists from Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Israel, Palestine, and more. This event is funded by the A.J. Muste Social Justice Fund, and supported by the Nonviolence Center (Istanbul, Turkey), Turning the Tide (London, UK), and activists in Nicosia.</p> <h3>Events</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <div alt="A group of people sitting around on chairs in Housmans bookshop. One of them is talking" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c69f9299-ed80-451e-91cc-283bb4b2b359" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="A group of people sitting around on chairs in Housmans bookshop. One of them is talking" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/27907784_2022096747815489_6753458530145285871_o.jpg?itok=ib3Qlybp" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/27907784_2022096747815489_6753458530145285871_o.jpg?itok=Qt4--2vl 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Event in Housmans Bookshop</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Following our training in London in February, we hosted a public forum on countering youth militarisation in different countries. The forum, held in Housmans Bookshop in London on 5 February, included activists from the Czech Republic, Finland, Turkey, and the UK. More information about the event can be found on the WRI website (<a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/story/2018/activists-countering-youth-militarisation-gather-london">wri-irg.org/en/story/2018/activists-countering-youth-militarisation-gather-london</a>) and at Peace News (<a href="https://peacenews.info/node/8927/no-more-youth-militarisation">peacenews.info/node/8927/no-more-youth-militarisation</a>).</p> <h3>Website and Social Media</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The content of <a href="https://antimili-youth.net/">antimili-youth.net</a>, the website of the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme, was improved via the incorporation of news stories from across the world – together with pieces by, and interviews with, activists from different countries. Its up-to-date content also includes visual material, i.e. videos and galleries. The website is available in three languages: English, Spanish and German, although due to capacity issues and practicalities there is more content available in English than in any other language.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The site functions as an online resource centre for activists and members of the public interested in countering the militarisation of youth. With <a href="https://antimili-youth.net/">antimili-youth.net</a>, we aim to help visitors act on the issues around youth militarisation worldwide and to share ideas and tactics.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme has its own Facebook page, which links to content from <a href="http://antimili-youth.net/">antimili-youth.net</a> and other sources relevant to youth militarisation and resistance to it. We also have a Facebook group, “<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/766740093497828/">War is not a Game</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/766740093497828/">”, where activists are invited to share content from their work and/or updates from their countries.</a></p> <h3>CMoY Programme Committee</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme committee consists of Cattis Laska (Ofog, Sweden), Dola Nicholas Oluoch (Chemchemi, Kenya), Michael Schulze von Glaßer (DFG-VK, Germany), Sahar Vardi (American Friends Service Committee, Israel), Hannah Brock (Right to Refuse Kill programme worker at WRI, London) and Semih Sapmaz (London).</p> <h3 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Funding</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Since September 2017, we received funding from A.J. Muste Memorial Institute Social Justice Fund, which is to be used for our second gathering as part of the project Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation project. This is in addition to general WRI funds, which supports the programme during this year. The programme continues to seek funding for its projects in 2018 and 2019.</p> <h3>Evaluation</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Achievements</p> <ul> <li lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The 4th International Week of Action took place with the participation of various groups and individuals across different countries.</li> <li lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Our first gathering as part of our Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation project was held successfully in London. We were glad to receive positive feedbacks following our first training, which motivated us during the preparations for the second one.</li> <li lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The content of antimili-youth.net was further improved with up-to-date stories and contributions by activists from within and outside our network.</li> <li lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Fundraising: we're glad to receive A.J. Muste Memorial Institute's support for our Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation project.</li> </ul> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Challenges</p> <ul> <li lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Despite successes in fundraising during 2017, it continues to be a challenge for the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme as its financial position is not fully sustainable yet. We will keep pursuing funds for our programme work during this year as well.</li> </ul> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">2.2 <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/8">Nonviolence Programme</a></h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Since the last annual report, we have mainly been building and developing on the projects we have been working on over the last few years: our publications and websites, and our “war profiteers” programme of work. The programme continues to be staffed by Andrew Metheven.</p> <h3>Nonviolence resources</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.nonviolence.wri-irg.org/en">Empowering Nonviolence website</a>: </strong>In 2017, we finished the technical work on our new micro-site, Empowering Nonviolence. Empowering Nonviolence hosts all of our material on nonviolent campaigning, in several languages. We intend to continue publishing new material on this website, and have been slowly commissioning new content, including on using video and photography in actions, using social media to enhance a campaign, and creative action techniques using theatre.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong>New Worlds in Old Shells: </strong>The work on our next publication – New Worlds in Old Shells – continues. The work on this has been somewhat delayed as we work hard to make sure the book covers enough areas in enough depth. The book will explore historical and modern-day examples of “constructive programme” projects, and offer ideas and approaches for how to start or develop such constructive action. Much of the work on the case studies has now been completed, as has the theoretical content of the book. We now expect to publish towards the end of this year.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong>Translations of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</strong>: Our main resource – the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns – continues to be translated into various languages. This year, Andrew has been working closely with our friends in Turkey on a Turkish edition of the Handbook. At the time of writing, the translation has been completed, as has much of the design work, and we are exploring how to print and distribute the book.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The Handbook continues to be translated into Portuguese. When it is completed, we will publish the translation on the Empowering Nonviolence website, and look for resources for the design, printing and distribution.</p> <h3>War profiteers</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The Nonviolence Programme has a particular interest in work countering the arms trade and other forms of war profiteers. This year we have been involved in various projects, as well as continuing our regular newsletter, War Profiteers News.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><a href="/en/publications/war-profiteers-news"><strong>War Profiteers News</strong></a> is an electronic magazine, covering news about the arms trade and other war profiteers. Since September 2017, we have been able to publish War Profiteers News as a monthly news bulletin, thanks to financial contributions by two foundations in the UK. This has helped the magazine to reach a wider audience, and to feel more timely and relevant.</p> <h3>War Stops Here</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The main event to accompany our 2017 Council meeting was an all-day, open air seminar on the arms trade, outside the gates of the DSEI arms fair. Around 100 people attended the various parts of the day, which saw talks and presentations given by a large number of Council members and WRI allies in the UK. Though we had less-than-brilliant weather, it felt important to be present at the site of the DSEI fair. The event followed a week of direct action by the Stop the Arms Fair coalition, with a large number of trucks held up by thousands of protesters.</p> <h3>Who profits at DSEI (and Eurosatory!)?</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">To accompany our War Stops Here seminar, and the other actions taking place against DSEI, WRI published a short introduction to the arms trade. We profiled 12 companies who had been present at DSEI in the past. WRI printed 100 copies for the seminar, and our affiliate Campaign Against the Arms Trade had 500 copies printed and distributed throughout the week of action. The whole resource is available <a href="/sites/default/files/public_files/2017-09/Design%20internet%20version.pdf">as a pdf on our website</a>.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Since then, we have also been approached by grassroots groups involved in the campaign against the Eurosatory arms fair, a biannual event held in Paris due to take place in June 2018. We are adapting the original “Who Profits at DSEI?” resource with companies relevant to Eurosatory, and including more French companies. This resource will be printed and distributed by the Stop Fuelling War network.</p> <h3>Resisting Police Militarisation</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Heavily armed police officers in the UK face protesters. One is carrying a large weapon, another a shield." data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cb88eefa-1efe-4363-a5d7-c202ee3e8151" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/2017-10/uk_police.jpg?itok=x6nuhZDX 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/2017-10/uk_police.jpg?itok=bxzSWVvg" alt="Heavily armed police officers in the UK face protesters. One is carrying a large weapon, another a shield." typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>Last year, we were very glad to host Sarah Robinson as part of the QPSW Peaceworker Programme. Sarah did extensive research into the phenomenon of militarised policing around the world, and her work was brought together in a new online resource mapping and aalysing the various ways that militarised policing occurs around the world. The tool has over a dozen profiles on countries where militarised policing is particularly prevalent, and allows us to gather material both on the main WRI website and on other sources - such as news websites - around the world. <strong>The resource can be found at: <a href="www.wri-irg.org/police">www.wri-irg.org/police</a></strong></p> <h3>Nonviolent Programme Committee</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The Nonviolence Programme Committee meets once a month, for around an hour, on Skype. Its current members are: Andrew Metheven, Joanne Sheehan, Dorie Wilsnack, Eric Bachman, Stellan Vinthagen, Jungmin Choi, and Hülya Üçpınar. The committee was formed a few years ago via a call out to the WRI network, and provides staff with support and advice, and has specifically focused its work on the "New Worlds in Old Shells" book, for which the committee is acting as an editorial group.</p> <h3>Funding</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">As per other years, the programme continues to be underfunded. One of the main challenges in fundraising is balancing maintaining ongoing projects (like the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns and War Profiteers News) with new projects that are attractive to funders, so we were happy this year to find funding to support War Profiteers News.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We have a number of trusts to apply to in 2018 for projects towards the end of the year.</p> <h3>Evaluation</h3> <ul> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">War Profiteers News has been strengthened through its monthly publication, with more articles being published from a wider range of contexts.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The “Who profits at DSEI?” resource – and its subsequent adaptation for Eurosatory – is a good example of WRI resourcing and empowering grassroots antimilitarist networks.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Using more online resources is cheaper to maintain than printed books, and allows us to work on projects over a longer period of time, updating them as and when we can.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The programme is working on a broad range of different areas, with limited resources. Sometimes this can stretch staff capacity.</p> </li> </ul> <p><a name="RRTK" id="RRTK"></a></p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">2.3 <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1">The Right to Refuse to Kill Programme</a></h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We continue to work to support conscientious objectors (COs) and CO movements resisting conscription – especially those facing repression.</p> <h3>Eritrea</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <div alt="Five speakers sitting on a platform at the Eritrea event" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d42fba5c-54ff-4ec4-8839-651526d0fdd1" data-langcode="en" title="Day one of the meeting on Eritrea. Photo: Connection e.V."> <img alt="Five speakers sitting on a platform at the Eritrea event" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/eritrea-event.jpg?itok=XBxd-gAl" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/eritrea-event.jpg?itok=XBxd-gAl 1x" title="Day one of the meeting on Eritrea. Photo: Connection e.V." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Day one of the meeting on Eritrea. Photo: Connection e.V.</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Continuing our work with member of the Eritrean diaspora, we worked with a group of organisations across Europe (The Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR), Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA), Förderverein Pro Asyl e.V., Connection e.V., and the Stop Slavery in Eritrea Campaign) that support Eritreans fleeing indefinite conscription (what the group 'Stop Slavery in Eritrea' refers to as 'slavery'). On 19–20 October 2017 we co-hosted a gathering in Brussels. This work was a response to growing pressure on Eritrean asylum seekers in the perceived migration crisis.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The first day of the gathering was an advocacy day, bringing together representatives of various European governments and developing recommendations for European and international bodies and giving space for the voices of Eritrean COs. The press release can be found at <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/story/2017/un-special-rapporteur-emphasises-gravity-human-rights-violations-eritrea">wri-irg.org/en/story/2017/un-special-rapporteur-emphasises-gravity-human-rights-violations-eritrea</a>.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The second day focused on internal campaigns strategy, bringing together various European support and advocacy groups. We shared strategies and plan joint campaigns to pressure European governments to offer protection to those fleeing what Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Sheila Keetharuth has called “excessive militarisation". One of the results of this meeting was the establishment of a new website – <a href="https://eritreahub.org/">eritreahub.org</a>.</p> <h3>South Korea</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We held a webinar on educating for peace and conscientious objection in South Korea (<a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/story/2017/educating-peace-and-conscientious-objection-south-korea">wri-irg.org/en/story/2017/educating-peace-and-conscientious-objection-south-korea</a>). You can also watch the recording on Vimeo (<a href="https://vimeo.com/223155830">vimeo.com/223155830</a>).</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We are still awaiting the results of the Constitutional Court's examination of the case of COs. News reports suggest this will come <a href="http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/205_245790.html">very soon</a>, possibly in August this year. WRI, along with Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Quaker United Nations Office, submitted a third-party intervention to the court back in 2014.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/event/2018-05/international-conscientious-objection-day">International Conscientious Objection Day</a> this year will focus on South Korean COs in jail, demanding their release and the provision of rights for COs in South Korea – which imprisons more COs than the rest of the world combined. See the Events section below for more information.</p> <h3 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Thailand</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Following our visit to Thailand in 2017 (trip report: <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/military-and-monarchy">wri-irg.org/en/military-and-monarchy</a>) we have been working with a number of activists in Thailand, including a recently-declared CO <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/conscientious-objector/2018/apinan-issarakura-na-ayutthaya">Apinan Issarakura Na Ayutthaya</a> and, and <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/conscientious-objector/2014/netiwit-chotiphatphaisal">Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal</a>, a CO who was charged with sedition for peaceful protests against the military junta; his charges were dropped.</p> <h3 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Challenging Governments</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We also gave support to individual COs. Recently, we submitted a letter to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe regarding the case of Osman Murat Ülke, who was summoned to his local police station over two decades since his first imprisonment. Further news and our submission can be found on our website.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We’ve also been supporting Ukrainian CO Ruslan Kotsaba (in collaboration with CO support group Connection e.V.; <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/co-action-alert/2018/ukraine-ruslan-kotsabas-next-hearing">wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/co-action-alert/2018/ukraine-ruslan-kotsabas-next-hearing</a>).</p> <h2 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Publications</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/pubs/co-update.htm"><strong>CO-Update</strong></a><strong> newsletter</strong> (<a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/publications/co-update">wri-irg.org/en/publications/co-update</a>) is published every two-to-three months. It remains the only wholly international newsletter covering conscientious objection to military service and military recruitment that includes COs acting from religious, political, and other motivations. One of the recent highlights was an article written by Hannah Brock on conscription trends (<a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/story/2018/return-conscription">wri-irg.org/en/story/2018/return-conscription</a>).</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/programmes/co_alerts"><strong>CO-Alert</strong></a> system has been active this year, providing updates on a number of Israeli COs who were <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/co-action-alert/2017/israel-conscientious-objectors-noa-gur-golan-and-hadas-tal">repeatedly imprisoned</a>, and <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/conscientious-objector/2014/netiwit-chotiphatphaisal">Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal</a>, <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/co-action-alert/2018/ukraine-ruslan-kotsabas-next-hearing">Ruslan Kotsaba</a>, and <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/conscientious-objector/1995/osman-murat-ulke">Osman Murat Ülke</a>, as mentioned above. See <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/co_alerts">wri-irg.org/en/programmes/co_alerts</a></p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">It’s very easy to subscribe to receive these updates and alerts, and it directly helps COs at risk. Please sign up at <a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/WRI-mailing-lists-and-publications">wri-irg.org/WRI-mailing-lists-and-publications</a> if you can.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">This year will also see the publication of the Spanish version of our book <a href="/en/story/2016/conscientious-objection-practical-companion-movements-now-available-online"><strong>Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements</strong></a> – online and in print. The translation was undertaken by volunteers, and the final proofread is being conducted by Matias Mulet Truyols – a big thank you to him! See <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/story/2016/conscientious-objection-practical-companion-movements-now-available-online">wri-irg.org/en/story/2016/conscientious-objection-practical-companion-movements-now-available-online</a>. World Without War (<a href="http://www.withoutwar.org/?ckattempt=1">withoutwar.org/</a>) in South Korea are also finalising the Korean version, which will be launched at the end of May.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong>CONCODOC: </strong>We've been working with volunteers and RRTK interns – including Victoria Giraldo, Rebecca Hummler and Marcela Paz – to update our World Survey of Conscientious Objection and Conscription (CONCODOC) on a rolling basis. Recent updated reports cover <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Bolivia">Bolivia</a>, <a href="/en/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Chile">Chile</a>, <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/world_survey/reports/Cuba">Cuba</a>, <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Colombia">Colombia</a>, <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Germany">Germany</a>, <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Portugal">Portugal</a> and <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/es/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Venezuela">Venezuela</a>. (All of the reports can be found at <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/es/programmes/world_survey">wri-irg.org/es/programmes/world_survey</a>.)</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">If you would like to update the report relating to your country (or one that you are knowledgeable about) – that would be great! Please get in touch with us at <a href="mailto:info@wri-irg.org">info@wri-irg.org</a>.</p> <h3>Events</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong>International Conscientious Objection Day: </strong>On International CO day (15 May) this year <a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/en/event/2018-05/international-conscientious-objection-day">we will focus </a><a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/en/event/2018-05/international-conscientious-objection-day">on the situation in South Korea</a>, which imprisons more conscientious objectors than the rest of the world combined. Currently, there's no substitute service in South Korea – so if you don't want to join the army, you go to jail. However, the current President pledged to change this in his election manifesto, and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea has voted repeatedly to recommend that the South Korean government institute an alternative service system. See <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/event/2018-05/international-conscientious-objection-day">wri-irg.org/en/event/2018-05/international-conscientious-objection-day</a>.</p> <p><div class="embed-media embed-media--video-youtube"><iframe width="200" height="113" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LNrvsMuq2VM?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" title="Take action to #freeKoreanCOs"></iframe></div></p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We will ask people to run stalls near South Korean embassies or in their town centres, and send a postcard to protest the continuing imprisonment of COs in South Korea (<a href="http://tiny.cc/COday2018">tiny.cc/COday2018</a>). There will also be ways to join in via our website and social media – including downloading the postcard from our website and sending it – if you don’t live somewhere where an event is taking place.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong><a href="/en/taxonomy/term/2">Prisoners for Peace Day</a>:</strong> December 1st is Prisoners for Peace Day. For over 60 years, War Resisters' International have made known the names and stories of those imprisoned because of their actions for peace. WRI has a permanent Prisoners for Peace list, which we make a special effort to update for Prisoners for Peace Day. We send out a paper version of the Prisoners for Peace list each year with the November funding appeal. We share this information on social media and provide easy ways to contact a peace prisoner. Many of those on the list have been there for many years, including COs in Eritrea that were imprisoned in 1994.</p> <h3>RRTK Programme Committee</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The Right to Refuse to Kill programme committee continues to be in regular contact.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The RRTK committee currently consists of Rachel Brett (Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva), Igor Seke (from Serbia, now living in Mexico), with Sergeiy Sandler (New Profile, Israel) convening the committee, and Hannah Brock and Semih Sapmaz. We usually meet via conference call every four-to-six weeks, and in person once a year.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Members of affiliates working on CO issues have also joined RRTK committee calls and updated us about the situation in their countries. Recently, these have included people in South Korea, Turkey and Finland.</p> <h3>Funding</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Having reapplied to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, we have funding until April 2020. We seek funding for specific projects in addition to this main grant.</p> <h3>Evaluation</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Achievements</p> <ul> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We have seen more people use our CO-Alerts this year, most likely as a result of improvements to the usability of the website and a larger social media following.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We are working closely with affiliates to respond to their needs. For example, <a href="http://www.withoutwar.org/">World Without War</a>, with whom we are planning CO Day 2018.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Our work to update World Survey (CONCODOC) reports will ensure that we continue to be effective in our aim to provide information to activists to facilitate their campaigning.</p> </li> </ul> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Challenges</p> <ul> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">CONCODOC was first published in 1998; some of the reports have not been updated since (although many have). On the one hand, this is an important resource which has been used by many people since it was created. On the other hand, keeping it updated fully would require a significant time investment.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Balancing programme work with general WRI work is a constant balancing act, especially when approaching big WRI event, such as the International Assemblies.</p> </li> </ul> <h1 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">3. WRI in the Regions</h1> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"> <div alt="People standing in rows waving at the camera" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="13466e38-a08d-4c9f-95a6-0d66725cb878" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="People standing in rows waving at the camera" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/foto-encuentro-paraguay.jpg?itok=RCHk7X5w" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/foto-encuentro-paraguay.jpg?itok=RCHk7X5w 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>RAMALC members meeting in Paraguay, November 2017</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">3.1 Latin American and Caribbean Antimilitarist Network (RAMALC)</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Please see <em>Rompiendo Filas</em> magazine and <a href="http://www.ramalc.org">ramalc.org</a> for information about the incorporation of new members into the network.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Report will be made during the Council.</p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">3.2 Pan African Nonviolent and Peacebuilding Network (PANPEN)</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Report will be made during the Council.</p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">3.3 WRI in East, South and South East Asia</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">See the report of Right to Refuse to Kill (2.3) for activities in Asia.</p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">3.4 WRI in Oceania and Australia</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">WRI has an affiliate in Australia, and an individual member in West Papua. Through the war profiteers initiative we have also made contact with groups in Australia and New Zealand. Both groups are resisting arms trade events in their local towns, and have been featured at various points in War Profiteers News.</p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">3.5 European Antimilitarist Network</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The European Antimilitarist Network (EAN) consists of a wide range of groups from across Europe dedicated to antimilitarism and the use of nonviolent direct action. The network facilitates communication between the groups in the network and between the network and other groups and people involved in the antimilitarist struggle. They developed and use the concept of War Starts Here (which is also used by some other antimilitarist groups outside the network).</p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">3.6 WRI in North America</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Reports from WRI affiliates in North America, e.g. the War Resisters League, will follow in the eCouncil.</p> <h1 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">4. Turkey Project</h1> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Map of Turkey with a broken rifle logo on top of it" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3bcb955b-3199-4b05-b4f1-915643c31f32" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/2018-04/turkey_copyrightconnection-ev.jpg?itok=2b7zBdLd 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/2018-04/turkey_copyrightconnection-ev.jpg?itok=o7gwM28q" alt="Map of Turkey with a broken rifle logo on top of it" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">At the beginning of 2016 a Working Group on Turkey was established, starting with the appeal “Stop the Cycle of Violence”. This working group consists of WRI members based in Sevilla, Istanbul and London, Fellowship of Reconciliation Austria, Connection e.V. (Germany) and the Federation for Social Defence (Germany). In 2017, a plan was developed to organise training for activists from the Southeast of Turkey; unfortunately this had to be abandoned. The reasons for this were twofold – the steadily worsening security situation in Turkey, and lack of fundraising success. In late March 2018 the group met in Istanbul to see various organisations and to learn about the current situation (including the invasion of North Syria) and what internationals could do to support nonviolent approaches in Turkey. On their return, the group made a statement that has been translated into English and German (<a href="http://www.soziale-verteidigung.de/">soziale-verteidigung.de</a> and <a href="http://www.connection-ev.de/">connection-ev.de</a>). After this report was finalised, the group began was assessing among other things the possibilities of a later visit and plus an event in South East Turkey, and of raising the issue of arms exports to Turkey in the European peace movement. At the Council, the group will be able to provide give an update.</p> <h1 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">5. Publications and Outreach</h1> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">All of WRI's email-based publications can be viewed on our website. You can subscribe to receive them to your inbox at <a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/en/WRI-mailing-lists-and-publications">wri-irg.org/en/WRI-mailing-lists-and-publications</a>.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We have written a simple 'writing guide' for the website, to encourage people to submit ideas for stories to our publications (<a href="/en/Writing-for-WRI">wri-irg.org/en/Writing-for-WRI</a> [<a href="/de/story/2016/schreiben-fuer-war-resisters-international">German</a>, <a href="/es/story/2016/escribir-para-internacional-resistentes-la-guerra">Spanish</a>, <a href="/fr/story/2016/ecrire-pour-lirg">French</a>]).</p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">5.1 Series Publications</h2> <h3>The Broken Rifle</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The Broken Rifle is WRI's main newsletter, and is published in <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/publications/broken-rifle">English</a>, <a href="/es/boletines/el-fusil-roto">Spanish</a>, <a href="/de/publikationen/das-zerbrochene-gewehr">German</a> and <a href="/fr/bulletins/le-fusil-brise">French</a>. It is published online, usually with a downloadable PDF version, and sent out as an email newsletter.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We use Issuu to publish the PDF version, which makes it much easier to read on tablets, laptops and e-readers, and to embed on the website. You can sign up for free, and read past issues in all four published languages, at <a href="https://issuu.com/warresistersint">issuu.com/warresistersint</a>.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Since September 2017 we have published two issues: November 2017 and March 2018.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong>November 2017: <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/boletin/broken-rifle/108/broken-rifle">Police militarisation</a></strong><strong> </strong>This issue explores the militarisation of police forces, and resistance to it, with examples from Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Palestine, South Africa, the USA, Paraguay, Kenya, and South Korea.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><strong>March 2018: <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/publication/broken-rifle/109/broken-rifle">Militarism: What is it good for?</a></strong><strong> </strong>The latest issue focuses on the experiences of militarism, particularly in the context of conflict and post-conflict areas. Pieces in this issue include examples from Yemen, Eritrea, Cyprus, Catalonia, South Korea and Turkey.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">All issues of the Broken Rifle can be found at <a href="/en/publications/broken-rifle">wri-irg.org/en/publication/broken-rifle.</a></p> <h3>War Resisters' Stories</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">War Resisters' Stories is a short monthly bulletin of news from the WRI network. Each month it contains five stories, both from the office and from the wider WRI network. It is designed to provide highlights of recent activities and direct them towards upcoming events, in a brief and engaging way. This year we have started translating this bulletin into French, so it is now available in <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/publications/war-resisters-stories">English</a>, <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/es/boletines/historias-de-resistentes-la-guerra">Spanish</a>, <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/fr/bulletins/nouvelles-des-resistants-la-guerre">French</a> and <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/de/publikationen/berichte-aus-der-wri">German</a>.</p> <h3>CO-Update</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The CO-Update, produced in <a href="/en/publications/co-update">English</a> and <a href="/es/boletines/informe-oc">Spanish</a>, is the eNewsletter of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. Since summer 2012 it has been produced bimonthly. It contains updates on conscientious objection and conscription around the world, in addition to news of RRTK activities.</p> <h3>CO-Alert</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Conscientious objectors Ayelet and Mattan from a CO-Alert" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="10a5cb07-cf73-4696-9ffb-67ba00e2c300" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/2018-04/ayelet_and_mattan.jpg?itok=x-MoS3Ij 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/2018-04/ayelet_and_mattan.jpg?itok=F17qYAaI" alt="Conscientious objectors Ayelet and Mattan from a CO-Alert" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">In July 2001, WRI launched the email-based CO-Alert system to inform subscribers of the imprisonment or other difficulties faced by conscientious objectors. Since then, hundreds of CO-Alerts have been distributed. The CO-Alert system has been integrated into WRI's conscientious objection database, and is now managed entirely through the WRI website. CO-Alert is an English-only email list, although some alerts are also available in other languages on the WRI website. CO-Alerts since September 2017 have included calls for support for COs in Israel, Thailand and Ukraine.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Please encourage as many people to join this list as possible: <a href="/en/programmes/co_alerts">wri-irg.org/en/programmes/co_alerts</a>.</p> <h3>War Profiteers News</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The War Profiteers News email newsletter is published in English and Spanish, usually once a quarter. It has been an important tool in providing information on matters related to war profiteering to a wide range of groups and activists, and has facilitated networking of groups working on war profiteers. War Profiteers News, published since 2006, has been produced monthly since September 2017. See <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/publications/war-profiteers-news">wri-irg.org/en/publications/war-profiteers-news</a>.</p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">5.2 Social Media</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We continue to develop our social media work. We aim to post on Facebook once a day and on Twitter as regularly as seems appropriate. We have also tried to regularly repost and retweet content produced by groups affiliated to WRI.</p> <h3>Facebook</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Find us at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/warresistersint/">facebook.com/pg/warresistersint/</a>. We now have over 5,000 followers. Our most popular posts this year concerned COs in Israel, Ukraine and Thailand, our new resource on police militarisation, and posts during the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth.</p> <h3>Twitter</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">You can find WRI at <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint">twitter.com/warresistersint</a>. We now have over 4,800 followers. Twitter feeds from WRI's affiliates can be found at <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint/lists/wri-affiliates">twitter.com/warresistersint/lists/wri-affiliates</a>.</p> <h3>Vimeo</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">War Resisters' International has a page on Vimeo, a video sharing platform. On this page, you can find various videos produced by WRI – including recordings of our webinars and videos from our previous actions, for example, with activists as part of the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth, etc. You can find out more at <a href="https://vimeo.com/user4456636">vimeo.com/user4456636</a>.</p> <h3>Instagram</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We have recently started an Instagram account where we're hoping to post photos and videos from our events, as well as bits from our daily work. You can follow us on Instagram at <a href="https://www.instagram.com/warresistersint/">instagram.com/warresistersint/</a>.</p> <h2 lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">5.3 Books</h2> <h3>Who profits at DSEI?</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Cover of the Who Profits at DSEI? bookley" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2b7ca0a0-74e1-47a5-acda-fa3ae733e73e" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/2018-02/dsei_booklet.png?itok=6DMQrKSU 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/2018-02/dsei_booklet.png?itok=rGa505hF" alt="Cover of the Who Profits at DSEI? bookley" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">In September 2017, WRI produced a short booklet – called "Who profits at DSEI?" – which was distributed at the protests against the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair in London. It profiles twelve of the companies who attended DSEI, what they build, who they sell it to, and the impacts of some of these weapons. You can read "Who Profits at DSEI?" online on Issuu, or you can download the booklet as a PDF at <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2017-09/Design internet version.pdf">.wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/2017-09/Design%20internet%20version.pdf</a>.</p> <h3>WRI Webshop</h3> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">In February this year, we launched our new webshop, where you can find a range of WRI publications, in addition to broken rifle badges, bags, t-shirts and hoodies. We are grateful to the web development company Netuxo, who also built WRI's new website in 2017, for their hard work and support.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">To find out more about the products and international shipping options, visit our webshop at <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/shop">wri-irg.org/en/shop</a>.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"> </p> <h1 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">6. Finances and Fundraising</h1> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">WRI ended 2017 with a significant deficit of roughly £12,500 (the complete end-of-year figures are not available at the time of writing, so this is an estimate; we will have a fuller picture and a more detailed breakdown to present at eCouncil). This puts our total reserves by the year’s end at approximately £62,500.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">While most of our 2017 deficit reflects a one-off cost (that of rebuilding WRI’s website), it also reflects a more chronical financial problem: despite great improvements in our fundraising capacity over the last decade, we still spend, on average, more than we raise.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The Right to Refuse to Kill Programme continues to receive full and generous funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (currently until April 2020, but we are optimistic about extending it further). Our other office programmes (Nonviolence and Countering the Militarisation of Youth), between them, are reliably able to raise roughly £10,000 a year to cover core programme costs, on top of funding for special projects and events – thanks to the relentless efforts of our three dedicated staff members. Affiliation fees, individual donations and publication and merchandise sales contributed a little under £20,000 in 2017.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">A noteworthy development is the special efforts we made (especially via our new website) in late 2017 to attract donors who would make regular recurrent donations to WRI. At present, we have 16 people that set up regular donations following this push, and over the course of a year their contributions will total £1,932 – not an insignificant amount. We only need 9 more to reach our target of 25 new regular donors.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Overall, our expenditure generally exceed our fundraising capacity and increasing this capacity further is no easy task. Simply cutting expenditure would not be a good solution because it would involve cutting down staff time – which would not only reduce the amount of work done, but would also reduce our fundraising capacity, thereby offsetting the very savings we were a aiming for.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">In this context, the upcoming departure of Hannah Brock, our RRtK programme worker (after more than five years of truly superb work) presents us with an opportunity of sorts to cut some costs without damaging capacity as significantly (see section 1.4). Over time, these changes might allow us to reduce staff costs and/or increase fundraising capacity just enough to balance our budget. This balancing, if it is to happen, will not happen all on its own. It will require a lot of work from our staff and volunteers and a continued, even increased, commitment from you, WRI’s affiliates and members, through your affiliation fees, help with generating donations and sales, and with raising grant funding.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Supporting our upcoming International Conference and Assembly in Colombia next year is going to require a great deal of effort. Organising such a large-scale event is always challenging, but the challenge is perhaps greater than usual financially. International events in Latin America are typically more expensive to organise than in many other regions (mostly due to airfare costs), and obtaining sufficient funding will also take a lot of work, especially given the general downturn in funding available to social movements in the Global South in recent years. We will need all the help, connections, ideas and engagement from you that we can get!</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">As always, affiliation fees and individual donations are a significant proportion of our income, and we need to maintain that; this is a direct way in which the WRI network can support its office programmes. Volunteer help of all sorts (including with fundraising) could be invaluable as a resource in its own right, and will eventually get reflected in our (financial) books.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">At the end of 2017, we did a push for regular donors. Currently we have 16 new people set up regular donations which over a year will come to £1932, which isn't an insignificant amount. We only need 9 more to get to the target of 25 we set ourselves.</p> <h1 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">7. Outlook</h1> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Organisationally, the main area of work this year will probably be the preparation for the International Conference and Assembly in Colombia the dates of which have been tentatively set for <strong>12–19 May 2019</strong>. We will report further at the Council.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">This event is important for bringing together COs from across Latin America. The conference (the theme of which will likely relate to the idea of a very militarised peace) will also include sessions and themes relating to conscription and conscientious objection, especially as antimilitarists in Colombia start to raise the question of ending conscription, in the ‘post-conflict’ context.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">In the yearly programme, there are the regular days/week of action – for example, 15 May which will be over by the time the Council meets and which will focus on South Korea this year, the CMoY action week and the prisoners for peace day. Later in the year we also intend to finalise the handbook on constructive nonviolent projects (hopefully), and conduct activities in our Turkey project and a second training on Gender and CMoY, probably in Cyprus.</p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; 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Photo: War Resisters League</div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 23 Aug 2017</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Put together by the WRI Executive Committee and Staff</strong></p> <h2 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Introduction</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Another year has passed for WRI and with it lots of work to do our part to be a wrench in the workings of the war machine. This has included ongoing efforts to counter recruitment to the military and other armed groups, organising nonviolence training, supporting conscientious objectors and activists targeted by militarist regimes, the publication of books and online resources on peacebuilding and antimilitarism and collaborative work with other peace organisations. A large amount of work this past year was devoted to the new WRI website, which was recently launched. The new website is easier to browse and more accessible than the previous design, making it easier for people to engage with WRI and a better tool for the WRI network.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Some more specific examples of work this past year conducted by WRI and our affiliates is the new Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation project, the Empowering Nonviolence website, the project on police militarisation, webinars concerning the militarisation of the Colombian peace process and the conflict in Venezuela, actions against the opening of NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels, campaigns around the impact of gun violence in South Sudan, and No SWAT Zone campaigns in the USA to address and support cuts to funding for SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) training programmes. This annual report covers this work and, in addition to reports from these programmes and affiliates, there are accounts of the WRI’s internal business, finances, publications and statements.</p> <h1>WRI Internal</h1> <h2>Council 2016</h2> <p>The Council 2016 took place electronically between the 14th and 24th of October 2016. About 50 people registered to participate. The most important issues discussed were the upcoming Assemblies, changes to the Constitution and Rules, budget, applications for affiliation and responses to crises. A statement on Syria was drafted, and published after the Council ended. The Council also included three webinars – on Syria, constructive programmes and CMOY.</p> <h2>Executive</h2> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"> <div alt="Games during an Executive meeting" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a58e8b9c-f9a3-4016-97fe-217d481a2f99" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Games during an Executive meeting" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/exec.jpg?itok=VE9Z-oDn" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/exec.jpg?itok=VE9Z-oDn 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Games during an Executive meeting</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>The Executive, consisting of Jungmin Choi, Cattis Laska, Hulya Uçpinar, Sergeiy Sandler (Treasurer) and Christine Schweitzer (Chair) has had three face-to-face meetings since last Council: 4–6 November 2016 and 10–12 February 2017 in London, and 19–21 May 2017 in Istanbul. Additionally, the exec usually meets once per month via Skype.</p> <p>The main topics that the Exec dealt with in this past year were: preparations for Council 2017 and Assembly 2018, budget, finances and work on the various programmes run by the office and the respective Programme Committees. For some of the Exec (Hülya, Christine) and staff, the situation in Turkey and our campaign on it has continued to be a special focus (see the corresponding section in this report).</p> <h2>Working groups</h2> <p>The Women's Working group still formally exists, but has not met in person or online during the past year.</p> <p>The Queer Working group has worked more as a network over the last few years, and therefore has renamed itself the WRI Queer Network. Hence, the group no longer exists as a working group.</p> <h1>Office</h1> <h3>Staff</h3> <p>Andrew Metheven and Hannah Brock are both working four days a week; Semih Sapmaz worked on a number of projects on a freelance basis. They hold regular meetings, and every six months go on a half-day away day to make plans for the coming months.</p> <p>Andrew works on the Nonviolence Programme, and Hannah on the Right to Refuse to Kill Programme. Semih worked freelance on projects related to both the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme and the Right to Refuse to Kill Programme.</p> <p>Having been at WRI for five years as of 2017, Hannah took a one-month sabbatical, which was spent mostly in Barcelona improving her Spanish! Hannah has also moved to Sheffield, so is generally in the office three days a week, working from home on the other day.</p> <p>This year (September 2016–August 2017) we have been extremely lucky to host Sarah Robinson as part of the Quaker Peace and Social Witness Peaceworker Scheme, which pays activists to work for a year in a peace organisation. Sarah has been working with Andrew as part of the Nonviolence Programme, researching and analysing the nature of police militarisation around the world, and creating an online resource to help us clearly illustrate this important aspect of militarisation and war profiteering. You can read more about this work in the section concerning the Nonviolence Programme. It's been great to work with Sarah this year – many thanks for all you've contributed!</p> <h3>Volunteers and interns</h3> <p>Executive member Hülya Üçpinar worked from the WRI office for a month in March, especially on the Right to Refuse to Kill Programme work (whilst Hannah was on sabbatical) and the Turkey project (see corresponding section below). It was great to have Hülya with us!</p> <p>We are grateful to artist Ralph Ziman, who designed the new WRI logo. We are also very appreciative of the time spent by Rob Brew, who helps with our IT equipment in the office, making sure that our software is up to date.</p> <p>Martyn Lowe, who was a regular volunteer in the WRI office for many years, visits the office every November for three-to-four days to help us with the annual fundraising appeal, and we are very grateful for his contributions!</p> <p>WRI is supported by a large network of translators – some are members of the Council or Executive, others have volunteered through our website. They include Carlos Barranco, Nayua Abdelkefi, Igor Seke, Matias Mulet, Laura Perez Poza, Oscar Huenchunao, Pedro Ballesteros, Clara Delgado, Eva Aneiros, Cristian González, Mabel Pedemonte, Mayra Cavilla, Yolanda Alvarez, César Pérez, Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe, Martin Vallarino Arrospide, Carolina Olivero, Lydia Saiz, Mariana Avalaos, Manuel Torres, Paul Rankin, Ruby Starheart, Grace Brown, Anjali Mukhi Navalrai, Kevin Siegel, Inge Dreger, Gerd Buentzly, Christine Schweitzer, Rainer Sonntag, Caroline Wedler, Richard Meakin, Diana Vega, Laura Guthrie, Benjamin Lacey, David Scheuing, René Burget, Tikiri, Bastien Zara, Eve Tignol, Nolwenn Gaudin, Yoann Re, John Bogard, Lydia Castiello, Romain Ducroux, Maude Boudreault, Lewis Sinkala, Eleonora Romagna, D. Phillips, Asunción Serrano, Laura Poza and Laura Sanquer.</p> <p>As well as this list of volunteers, many people help us through the Rosetta Foundation's website trommons.org, which links up volunteer translators with not-for-profit groups. Thanks to all of them!</p> <p>Finally, thanks to our proofreading volunteers: Emma Green, Spencer P. Malloy, Andrew Jackson and Lyn Setchell (who proofread this report!)</p> <h1>WRI Programmes</h1> <h2>Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme</h2> <h3>Programme Activities</h3> <p><strong>International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth</strong></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <div alt="Street action in Helsinki: join the circus not the army!" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7bd64018-2299-4657-b912-0fa96df3118a" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Street action in Helsinki: join the circus not the army!" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/akl_humour.jpg?itok=4LnRV1TC" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/akl_humour.jpg?itok=A6hZHqyc 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Street action in Helsinki: join the circus not the army!</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>The International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth was held for the third time in November 2016. During the week of 14–20 November, many activists from various countries organised actions and events protesting against militaries and war-profiteers efforts to recruit young people. The events of last year followed the weeks of action held in 2015 and 2014, and a day of action held in 2013.</p> <p>Throughout the Week, antimilitarists from different countries organised street actions and protests; held meetings, talks and workshops; and ran social media campaigns that challenged the many ways in which militaries and armed groups engage with young people. In addition to these events, we also published articles focusing on recruitment within Germany and the UK.</p> <p>Alongside individual supporters and participants, the groups and organisations which supported the Week included Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto AKL (Finland), Centre Delas and Desmilitaritzem l’Educació (Catalonia), Conscientious Objection Association (Turkey), ACOOC – Colombian Collective Action of Conscientious Objectors (Colombia), CUERPO CON-SIENTE (Colombia), German Peace Society – United War Resisters' (DFG-VK) (Germany), Granny Peace Brigade (USA), NESEHNUTÍ (Czech Republic), Stichting voor Actieve Geweldloosheid (SVAG, the Netherlands), War Resisters League (USA), Women in Black (UK), The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (USA), and Auckland Peace Action (New Zealand). The full report of the previous year's event can be viewed on the antimili-youth website.</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <div alt="Week of action workshop in Colombia" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6a2697ce-270e-402a-8ad5-5676ccd6dcb9" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Week of action workshop in Colombia" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/colombia_week_of_action.png?itok=9qHwDl3v" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/colombia_week_of_action.png?itok=DxXgD_Cw 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Week of action workshop in Colombia</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>The fourth Week of Action will take place on 20–26 November 2017. The planning of the fourth Week of Action has progressed with the support of a working group of activists from different countries and organisations. Follow us at antimili-youth.net for further updates.</p> <p><strong>Events</strong></p> <p>In September 2016, the WRI office co-organised a documentary screening and panel session in London, together with London Mexico Solidarity. This session commemorated the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa college in Mexico. The event was organised as part of a global action to raise awareness of the ongoing human rights crisis of forced disappearances in Mexico, and to call on the Mexican Government to end it. Our panel session hosted human rights activists and experts, including an activist from Mexico.</p> <p>We also organised two webinars focusing on the examples of youth militarisation and resistance to it in different countries, including <a href="https://vimeo.com/188382465">Germany, Israel</a> and <a href="https://vimeo.com/223155830">South Korea</a> (watch the recordings via the links.) This is an ongoing work, and we hope to organise more webinars later in 2017.</p> <p><oembed><a href="https://vimeo.com/223155830">https://vimeo.com/223155830</a></oembed></p> <p><strong>Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation</strong></p> <p>Thanks to the support of the Network for Social Change, we started a new project during 2017: Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation. As part of this project, we are going to organise a number of training sessions with grassroots activists from different countries, focusing on the role of gender politics in developing more effective campaigns against youth militarisation. The project will also include an online resource to be released in 2018, which will include contributions from activists and experts in the field. In addition to the Network for Social Change funding, fundraising for the project continues.</p> <p><strong>Website and social media</strong></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Homepage of antimiliyouth.net" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bbd62582-3a77-45b8-bad4-87f139b22019" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/cmoy-website.png?itok=MJtjjhic 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/cmoy-website.png?itok=MJtjjhic" alt="Homepage of antimiliyouth.net" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>The content of <a href="https://antimili-youth.net/">antimili-youth.net</a>, the website of the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme, was improved via the incorporation of new stories from across the world – together with pieces by, and interviews with, activists from different countries. Its up-to-date content also includes visual material, i.e. videos and galleries. The website is available in three languages: English, Spanish and German, although due to capacity issues and practicalities there is more content available in English.</p> <p>The site functions as an online resource centre for activists and members of the general public interested in countering the militarisation of youth. With <a href="https://antimili-youth.net/">antimili-youth.net</a>, we aim to help visitors act on the issues around youth militarisation worldwide and to share ideas and tactics.</p> <p>Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme has its own Facebook page, which links to content from antimili-youth.net and other sources relevant to youth militarisation and resistance to it. We also have a Facebook group “<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/766740093497828/">War is not a Game</a>”, where activists are invited to share content from their work and/or updates from their countries. You can follow our page here, and become a member of our group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/766740093497828/">here</a>.</p> <h3>CMoY programme committee</h3> <p>The Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme committee continues to be in regular contact and usually meets once every two months via conference call.</p> <p>The committee currently consists of Cattis Laska (Ofog, Sweden), Dola Nicholas Oluoch (Chemchemi, Kenya), Michael Schulze von Glaßer (DFG-VK, Germany), Sahar Vardi (American Friends Service Committee, Israel), Hannah Brock (Right to Refuse Kill programme worker at WRI, London) and Semih Sapmaz (London).</p> <h3 class="western">Funding</h3> <p>In 2017, we received funding from the Network for Social Change to support our project on Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation. This is in addition to general WRI funds, which supported the programme during 2016. The programme continues to seek funding for its projects in 2018.</p> <h3>Evaluation</h3> <p><strong>Achievements</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fundraising and new project: we started our new project, Gender and Countering Youth Militarisation, thanks to funding from the Network for Social Change.</li> <li>The Third International Week of Action took place with the participation of various groups and individuals across different countries.</li> <li>The website antimili-youth.net was further developed with up-to-date stories and contributions by activists from within and outside our network.</li> <li>We successfully held two webinars. These were pilots for further webinars, and we are currently working on organising more of them during this year.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Challenges</strong></p> <ul> <li>Despite our fundraising success this year, we need to keep pursuing further funds to support our work in the coming years. This continues to be a challenge as the programme's financial position is not fully sustainable yet.</li> </ul> <h2>Nonviolence programme</h2> <h3>Nonviolence resources</h3> <p><strong>Empowering Nonviolence website</strong></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Screenshot of Empowering Nonviolence" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="13fafeb4-0e66-4511-9853-4a5d3d8b7e14" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/2017-07/en_screenshot.jpg?itok=gQLJbYR8 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/2017-07/en_screenshot.jpg?itok=gQLJbYR8" alt="Screenshot of Empowering Nonviolence" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>One of the biggest projects has been our new website, Empowering Nonviolence (nonviolence.wri-irg.org), which will host all of the content of our Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, and any future publications we produce. In 2016, we successfully fundraised £4 000 to build the site via a crowdfunding campaign and a generous grant from the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust.</p> <p>We are very happy with the results – the new website makes all of the content easily accessible in various languages, and displays each article in a manner that is accessible and very user friendly. One key feature is the ability for users to contribute drafts of articles and stories from their own campaigning and actions, which other users can then comment on prior to publication of the articles on the site by WRI staff (<a href="http://www.nonviolence.wri-irg.org/en/contribute">http://www.nonviolence.wri-irg.org/en/contribute</a>).</p> <p>The website is based on the same system as the new WRI website, making it easy to update.</p> <p><strong>New Worlds in Old Shells</strong></p> <p>The work on our next publication – New Worlds in Old Shells – continues, with the Nonviolence Programme committee contributing significantly to this work. This book will explore historical and modern-day examples of “constructive programme” projects, and present ideas and approaches for starting and developing these projects. We now have a complete list of case studies, and much of the work on the more theoretical content is close to completion. We hope the book will be completed in late 2017 or early 2018.</p> <p><strong>Translations of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</strong></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="French handbook cover" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="29ab628e-594a-48ea-933b-fcc9c30d73a2" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/2017-07/cover_small.png?itok=T_VfUITX 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/2017-07/cover_small.png?itok=665bUBWu" alt="French handbook cover" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>Our main resource – the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns – continues to be translated into various languages. This year, Andrew worked closely with members of Union Pacifiste de France – especially René Burget – on the design and printing of the Handbook in French. The French edition of the Handbook was financed and distributed by Union Pacifiste de France, who agreed to direct any profits to support WRI! We hope to engage in similar collaborative fundraising with other affiliates.</p> <p>The Federation for Social Defence ran a crowdfunding campaign to fund the design work and printing of the Turkish translation of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, and to make the book available to activists in Turkey for free. Over the next year we will work with the Nonviolent Research and Education Centre to produce this edition. We will also publish the Turkish translation of Empowering Nonviolence (see above).</p> <p>The Handbook is also in the process of being translated into Portuguese, by our volunteer Eduardo. We will publish his translation of Empowering Nonviolence, and look for resources for its design and printing.</p> <p><strong>War profiteers</strong></p> <p>The Nonviolence Programme has a particular interest in working to counter the arms trade and other forms of war profiteering. This year we have been involved in various projects, as well as continuing our regular newsletter, War Profiteers News.</p> <p><strong>War Profiteers News</strong></p> <p>War Profiteers News is a round-up of news concerning research and actions against war profiteers; since the last annual report we have published three editions. You can view all of the editions of War Profiteers News at <a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/en/publications/war-profiteers-news">http://www.wri-irg.org/en/publications/war-profiteers-news</a>.</p> <p>In 2017, we experimented with publishing War Profiteers quarterly, rather than bimonthly. A consequence of this is simply that news is less up-to-date than it could be, especially when reporting on specific campaigns or actions. One of the most labour-intensive elements of the publication is researching and writing “War Profiteer of the Month”, a short biography of a company profiting from war or violence. This publication is entirely unfunded, but takes several days to produce; we have applied for funding to pay for staff time to support the publication, with the aim of producing a shorter, condensed newsletter every month (still featuring “War Profiteer of the Month”). If this is successful, we will begin publishing monthly from October 2017.</p> <p><strong>Police militarisation</strong></p> <p>In 2017 we have been very lucky to host Sarah Robinson – a Peaceworker from Quaker Peace and Social Witness. Sarah has split her time between WRI and Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT). For WRI, Sarah has been working on two projects – a new resource mapping the impact of militarised policing around the world, and connecting with activists resisting arms fairs and weapon expos around the world.</p> <p>Sarah has connected with lots of activists and researchers with knowledge and experience of police militarisation, and has started the process of compiling her research into an online map that will be built into the new WRI website.</p> <p><strong>INSecurity conference</strong></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="INsecurity conference" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c28c5f17-b0fd-4aeb-b72d-9150a1c42a62" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/insecurity.jpg?itok=1kiITtWL 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/insecurity.jpg?itok=1kiITtWL" alt="INsecurity conference" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>In June 2017, Andrew and Sarah travelled to Israel/Palestine to take part in a seminar, action and conference organised by Hamushim (meaning “Armed” in Hebrew), an Israeli project countering the Israeli arms industry. The seminar and conference brought together activists from around the world that are resisting militarisation in their own contexts or working against the occupation, with a specific focus on countering profiteering by Israeli arms companies. The ability for Israeli companies to market equipment used by the IDF as “battle tested” has made Israel one of the world's largest arms exporters; in 2016 Israel was the single biggest exporter of drones.</p> <p>After the seminar, the participants went on a two-day tour of occupied Palestine, and took part in a protest against the ISDEF arms fair.</p> <p>The final day of the programme was a public conference. Many of the participants gave a presentation on their work countering the Israeli arms industry. From WRI, Sarah presented her work on police militarisation and the work done by CAAT countering the arming of Israel by the UK.</p> <p><strong>War Stops Here seminar</strong></p> <p>WRI’s 2017 Council meeting will take place in London, coinciding with actions to resist and disrupt Defence and Security Exhibition International (DSEI), one of the world's largest arms fair. In addition to participating in the actions and WRI’s business meetings, we are also organising a one-day seminar called War Stops Here, which will give activists in the UK an opportunity to hear from members of the WRI network about their campaigns against the arms trade, discuss ways of building solidarity, and opportunities for joint campaigns. War Stops Here will take place on September 10th outside the gates of DSEI.</p> <h3>Nonviolence Programme Committee</h3> <p>The Nonviolence Programme Committee meets once a month, for around an hour via Skype. Its current members are: Andrew Metheven, Joanne Sheehan, Dorie Wilsnack, Eric Bachman, Stellan Vinthagen, Jungmin Choi and Hulya Ucpinar. The committee was formed a few years ago via a call-out to the WRI network, and provides staff with support and advice. Recently, it has focused its work on the "New Worlds in Old Shells" book, for which the committee is acting as an editorial group.</p> <h3>Funding</h3> <p>As in other years, the programme continues to be underfunded. In recent years we have managed to raise enough funds for WRI as a whole to break even, but we continue to try and find ways to maintain the Nonviolence Programme. In the coming years, staff hope to find ways of expanding our individual donor base.</p> <p>One of the main challenges in fundraising is balancing the maintenance of ongoing projects (such as the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns and War Profiteers News) with new projects that are attractive to funders.</p> <h3>Evaluation</h3> <p><strong>Opportunities</strong></p> <ul> <li>Developing projects such as Empowering Nonviolence is an ongoing project that will make WRI’s resources visible and accessible in new formats. Now that the new website is built it will need relatively little maintenance.</li> <li>The Nonviolence Programme committee continues to be very active in the life and work of the programme, offering support to staff, and are particularly involved in the New Worlds in Old Shells project.</li> <li>Sarah Robinson has contributed significantly to our War Profiteers work this year while on placement from QPSW.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Challenges</strong></p> <ul> <li>As discussed above, the programme’s financial position is not fully sustainable yet.</li> </ul> <h2>The Right to Refuse to Kill Programme</h2> <h3>Programme activities</h3> <p>We are continuing our work supporting conscientious objectors (COs) and CO movements – especially those facing repression – and movements resisting conscription.</p> <p><strong>Work with country and regional movements</strong></p> <p><strong>Colombia</strong></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Diego Blanco publicity" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3bde047d-785a-49e2-b31b-36cb04c1957d" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/2017-08/diego-blanco-rrtk.jpg?itok=-aXC7iMf 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/2017-08/diego-blanco-rrtk.jpg?itok=lIhtaSUG" alt="Diego Blanco publicity" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>Following the recruitment of CO Diego Blanco in December 2016, we worked with his Colombia supporters to plan his support campaign and distribute solidarity actions. Many people responded to our CO-Alerts to protest his recruitment, and we also shared information to contact his barracks by phone. He was released in June.</p> <p>We are looking forward to hosting an intern from Colombia in 2018.</p> <p><strong>Eastern Mediterranean Network</strong></p> <p>The Eastern Mediterranean network continues to communicate via a mail group to share news and solidarity requests. They have been particularly active in support of Israeli COs who have been imprisoned repeatedly (we have also sent many CO-Alerts for them), Greek COs sometimes facing trial decades after their initial refusal, COs in Northern Cyprus and Egyptian COs (including Samir Elsharbaty who was exempted in April 2017).</p> <p><strong>Eritrea</strong></p> <p>Continuing our work with Eritreans in diaspora, after the nonviolence training for Eritrean activists in diaspora in June 2016, we have been working with a group of organisations across Europe1 working to support Eritreans fleeing indefinite conscription (what the group “Stop Slavery in Eritrea” refers to as ‘slavery’). In October 2017 we will co-host a gathering in Brussels; the first day will be an advocacy day, open to the public but including representatives of various European governments, developing recommendations to European and international bodies and giving space for the voices of Eritrean COs. Find an invitation on the WRI website.</p> <p>The second day will focus on internal campaigns strategy, bringing together various European support and advocacy groups. They will share strategies and plan joint campaigns to put pressure on European governments to offer protection to those fleeing what Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Sheila Keetharuth has called “excessive militarisation”. This work is a response to growing pressure on Eritrean asylum seekers in the perceived migration ‘crisis’.</p> <p>As part of our ongoing work on Eritrea, WRI signed up to a joint call for the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation on Eritrea to be extended. This letter was published on the WRI website. Her mandate was extended in June.</p> <p><strong>Thailand</strong></p> <p>In November 2017, we made progress in planning support for a nascent collection of anti-conscription activists in Thailand. Hannah travelled to Bangkok and Chiang Mai with Jungmin Choi and Yongsuk Lee from World Without War (South Korea); it was a great opportunity for reciprocal learning. Jungmin and Yongsuk were able to share some of their strategies for building resistance in a very uniform, militarised context, and make plans for supporting Thai activists across Asia. Various steps have been taken as a result of these exchanges, including COs in Bangkok making contact with local Jehovah's Witness objectors (who have been evading the draft for many years), Thai student activists inviting Korean objectors to run workshops on resisting conscription, and an planned internship in the WRI office for a Thai activist-translator. Read a report of the trip at <a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/military-and-monarchy">http://www.wri-irg.org/military-and-monarchy</a>.</p> <p><strong>Rwanda</strong></p> <p>Working with a Rwandan activist in our network, we published a report based on the testimonies of Rwandan ex-combatants in diaspora. It can be found on the WRI website and focuses on barriers to leaving the armed forces.</p> <p><strong>South Korea</strong></p> <p>The election of a new, more liberal, president, gives some hope that a law will be adopted on substitute service, which was one of his campaign promises. There are currently over 400 COs in South Korea serving jail terms for refusing military service – more than the rest of the world combined.</p> <p>We are still awaiting the results of the Constitutional Court's examination of the case of COs. WRI, along with Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Quaker United Nations Office, submitted a third party intervention to the court back in 2014.</p> <h3>International institutions</h3> <p>In February, War Resisters' International responded to a request for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on conscientious objection to military service. You can read WRI's submission here. This information fed into the OHCHR's quadrennial analytical report on conscientious objection to military service, which was presented to the Human Rights Council in June. You can find the report on the WRI website; WRI’s submission is referenced a number of times. The report has a strong influence on the Council's upcoming resolution on conscientious objection, which will be an important tool for advocacy in states where rights are not currently respected.</p> <h3>CONCODOC</h3> <p>We've been working with volunteers – including Hülya Üçpinar and Victoria Giraldo – to update our <a href="/en/co/rtba/index.html">World Survey of Conscientious Objection and Conscription</a> (CONCODOC) on a rolling basis. Recently updated reports include those on Colombia and Greece.</p> <p>With the help of volunteer David Scheuing, we will be publishing CONCODOC information in a series of interactive, colour-coded maps, allowing information about COs and conscription generally to be more easily accessed and used.</p> <h3>Publications</h3> <p>Subscription to mailing lists is easier on the new website. We are excited about the potential for this to increase our subscribers (you can subscribe here: <a href="/en/WRI-mailing-lists-and-publications">www.wri-irg.org/en/WRI-mailing-lists-and-publications</a>).</p> <ul> <li>The <a href="/en/publications/co-update">CO-Update newsletter</a> is published every two-to-three months. It remains the only wholly international newsletter on conscientious objection to military service and military recruitment that includes COs acting from religious, political and other motivations.</li> <li>The <a href="/en/programmes/co_alerts">CO-Alert system</a> has been active this year, especially for a number of Israeli COs who were repeatedly imprisoned and Colombian CO Diego Blanco, who was detained for over five months.</li> </ul> <p>We also recently published <a href="/en/guidelines-for-co-alerts">guidelines for taking advantage of WRI's email alert system for conscientious objectors</a>. Please use them to consider whether a CO-Alert might be useful for your campaign!</p> <h3>Events</h3> <p><strong>International Conscientious Objection Day</strong></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Photo: World Without War, Seoul" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f01bf4de-9535-47c3-829c-012c500a7339" title="Photo: World Without War, Seoul" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/co-day-seoul.jpg?itok=kpec3C2o 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/co-day-seoul.jpg?itok=kpec3C2o" alt="Photo: World Without War, Seoul" title="Photo: World Without War, Seoul" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>A number of events took place for International Conscientious Objection Day this year. Solidarity actions took place in the UK, Canada, Germany and the USA – including a singing procession in Sheffield, renaming a street on an old military base in Germany after Iraq war refuser André Shepherd. CO movements in Korea, Turkey, Finland and Colombia engaged in awareness-raising actions, including street actions in Barrancabermeja and a bike action – ‘Pedalling for Peace!’ – in Seoul. Others supported the Day on social media (see #COday), and RAMALC (the Antimilitarist Network of Latin America and the Caribbean) ran a webinar on militarisation in Colombia. Read a report here.</p> <p><strong>Prisoners for Peace Day</strong></p> <p>For Prisoners for Peace Day, we worked with Mesarvot2 – a relatively new Israeli network supporting political refusers – and a range of international partners, including Jewish Voice for Peace, Connection e.V. and Europalestine, to coordinate an international day of action in support of gaoled jailed Israeli COs. We used the slogan #refuse2occupy to connect those refusing to join the military in Israel with those asking international governments to refuse to serve the occupation by supplying it with goods and service. Afterwards, Mersarvot organiser Oren Rimon wrote to us saying “Tamar and Tamar were visited in prison yesterday and were really excited to see the photos of the different actions. One of the difficulties in refusing military conscription here is the feeling of isolation and criticism from Israeli society. International solidarity is one of the things that helps to remind the imprisoned refusers of the significance of their stance against the occupation, and encourages them to persist with it.” Images from some of the actions are available here: <a href="/refuse2occupy-photos">www.wri-irg.org/refuse2occupy-photos</a>.</p> <h3>RRTK programme committee</h3> <p>The Right to Refuse to Kill programme committee continues to be in regular contact.</p> <p>The RRTK committee currently consists of Merve Arkun (Vicdani Ret Derneği – the Association of Conscientious Objectors in Turkey), Rachel Brett (formerly Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva), Igor Seke (from Serbia, now living in Mexico), with Sergeiy Sandler (New Profile, Israel) convening the committee, and Hannah Brock and Semih Sapmaz. The committee usually meet via conference call every four-to-six weeks, and in person once a year.</p> <h3>Funding</h3> <p>Having reapplied to the <a href="https://www.jrct.org.uk/">Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust</a>, we have funding until April 2020. We seek funding for specific projects on top of this main grant.</p> <h3>Evaluation</h3> <p><strong>Achievements</strong></p> <ul> <li>Making new contacts, e.g. with activists in Thailand and Colombia.</li> <li>Evolving work on particular contexts and campaigns, e.g. in response to the asylum needs of Eritreans fleeing militarisation.</li> <li>Our work to update CONCODOC reports, coupled with the launch of our new website, will ensure that we continue to be effective in our aim to provide information to activists to facilitate their campaigning. The website will make information that we already have available, e.g. CONCODOC and CO-Update, more accessible to more people; the updating of CONCODOC reports is necessary to remain a trustworthy source of information.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Challenges</strong></p> <p>As ever, there is a challenge juggling programme work with the central work of WRI.</p> <h2>WRI in the regions</h2> <h2>Latin American and Caribbean Antimilitarist Network (RAMALC)</h2> <p>RAMALC, as with many networks and organisations, has a fluctuating level of activity. In our last report, we shared the excitement of new energy within the network thanks to a successful gathering in 2015 in Mexico, the publication of our magazine Rompiendo Filas, the launch of our website <a href="http://www.ramalc.org">http://www.ramalc.org</a> and the incorporation of new members into our network.</p> <p>In 2016, and after a high-level of activity the previous year, the network went through a quieter phase; many members were extremely busy with their local work so there was less energy going into RAMALC. During the last few years the network has relayed heavily on a few of its members, which makes it very dependent on particular individuals. The network has a steering committee that allows for the network to continue being active, but there is a lot of space for improvement to increase the share of responsibility and engagement within the network. However, the network continues to be active and there is some exciting news to share.</p> <p><strong>New members</strong></p> <p>Following the success of our 2015 gathering in Mexico, RAMALC incorporated new members from Cuba (<em>Taller Libertario Afredo Lopez</em>) and Mexico (<em>Movimiento Juvenil Huitzizilapan</em>). These are important additions because it is very important for the network to have a presence in Cuba looking at the issue of militarism and our Mexican member is a representative of the indigenous movement in Mexico, which contributes to widening the scope of our network.</p> <p><strong>2017 Paraguay gathering</strong></p> <p>Initially the plan was for RAMALC to meet in Paraguay in 2016, but because of lack of funding it had to be postponed. However, we have managed to secure the necessary funding to host a RAMALC gathering in Paraguay, which will take place in Asunción in October 2017. This gathering will focus on the theme of “Militarisation of bodies and territories”; looking at how militarisation in Latin America impacts and occupies our own bodies and the territories where we live and how to build strategies to resist it. The gathering will include a visit to a community affected by militarisation, training on how to develop strategies to counter militarisation of bodies and territories, a RAMALC planning meeting, pubic events and a street action in Asunción.</p> <p><strong>Webinars</strong></p> <p>As a network with members across the region we use the internet as much as we can for the development of our network. In 2017, we started having webinars where a single topic can be discussed in depth. So far we have had two webinars. The first of these covered <a href="http://ramalc.org/2017/04/25/webinar-ramalc-negociacionesde-paz-y-profundizacion-de-la-militarizacion-en-colombia/">the militarisation of the Colombian peace process</a>, which was led by ACOOC, presenting the challenges of the peace process and the role of the military and paramilitary and the repression of social movement activists. <a href="http://ramalc.org/2017/04/25/webinar-ramalc-negociacionesde-paz-y-profundizacion-de-la-militarizacion-en-colombia/">The second webinar concerned the conflict in Venezuela</a>, looking at the recent protest against the government and the motives and nature of these street protests. This webinar also looked at the increased militarisation of Venezuelan society and the repression of human rights activists.</p> <p><div class="embed-media embed-media--video-vimeo"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/226871368?app_id=122963" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" title="¿Son pacíficas las protestas que ocurren en Venezuela?"></iframe></div></p> <p><strong>Solidarity</strong></p> <p>Solidarity and support among antimilitarists in the region is one of the main roles of the RAMALC network. Members of the network are in regular communication, informing each other about the latest developments concerning militarisation and social justice issues in their countries, for example supporting the struggle in Mexico by members of Movimiento Juvenil Huitzizilapan to stop the construction of a motorway which will destroy the livelihood of their community. The network also writes statements of support when necessary, as was the case with <a href="http://ramalc.org/2017/05/24/solidaridad-antimilitarista-y-noviolenta-con-venezuela-declaracion-de-la-red-antimilistarista-de-america-latina-y-el-caribe/">our recent statement in support of our members in Venezuela</a> who are at risk for their work for human rights and peace.</p> <p><strong>Collaboration with WRI</strong></p> <p>RAMALC continues to engage with the wider antimilitarist and nonviolent movement via WRI. As a network we try to support the work of WRI, such as by participating in the Week of Action Against Youth Militarisation. We are very excited that one of our members will be undertaking a three-month internship at the WRI office from July to September, which we hope will contribute to strengthening this important partnership.</p> <h3>Pan African Nonviolent and Peacebuidling Network (PANPEN)</h3> <p>An African proverb goes: “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem”. This report summarizes the contribution of the PANPEN in transforming the socio-economic, cultural and political situations in Africa and beyond. The report covers the period of mid-October to mid-July 2017.</p> <p><strong>Outcomes</strong></p> <p>Though not often working in direct collaboration as a network, individual PANPEN members have been intensely active on a number of fronts in a number of inter-related campaigns. These include:</p> <ul> <li>Completion of the PANPEN-related book <em>Satyagraha-Ujamma: Contemporary Africa-Asian Peace-building Connections</em> (co-edited by Matt Meyer and including many PANPEN contributors, the book should be out by the end of 2017 and features a foreword by former South African Ambassador Tandi Luthuli – daughter of Nobel Peace laureate Chief Albert Luthuli).</li> <li>Continued collaborative work with the International Peace Research Association, especially regarding attendance at the very successful December 2016 Biennial Conference, held in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Several PANPEN members were in attendance at this conference, and presented papers. Matt Meyer was elected to the executive committee of IPRA’s Council. The African Peace Research and Education Association was fully re-constituted with new leadership, including close PANPEN allies Bose Babatunde of Nigeria and Christine Atieno of Kenya, now also both Council members, see <a href="https://www.peacejusticestudies.org/peace-studies-historic-gatherings-and-indigenous-knowledge-pjsa-and-ipra-2016">https://www.peacejusticestudies.org/peace-studies-historic-gatherings-and-indigenous-knowledge-pjsa-and-ipra-2016</a> for further details.</li> <li>Peace-building, education, and coalition work in Burundi and the Great Lakes region; including work by Elavie Ndura, which Sixte Vigny Nimuraba continues to lead, along with his responsibilities as War Resisters League International Task Force convener.</li> <li>Work around the release, touring of, and meetings with Puerto Rican former political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera; Matt Meyer has led and written extensively about this work, and Eritrean PANPEN member Kassahun Checole – upon meeting Oscar – noted this: “I reminded Lopez Rivera that my first visit to Puerto Rico was in 1973 where I met and conversed with the pro-independence leader and famous poet, Don Juan Corretjer. When I told the great poet that, in a humble way, I am part of the struggle against colonialism in Africa and elsewhere, he said, don't forget that Puerto Rico is also an African country”.</li> <li>Continued work in conjunction with the Mauritian party LALIT, including their solidarity with Oscar alongside their main work on the freedom of Diego Garcia and demilitarization of the Pacific.</li> <li>Continued support work around Eritrean democracy and peace, especially with Arbi Harnet and groups throughout the Eritrean Diaspora.</li> <li>Work at the United Nations on issues relating to the decolonization of Diego Garcia, Puerto Rico, Western Sahara and other issues (in conjunction with the International Peace Research Association).</li> <li>Work in conjunction with the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party and the International Peace Bureau, in connection to “No to NATO” coalition initiatives and to anniversary commemorations of the 1967 convergence of Black Power and anti-war movements (see video of the major event here: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXOWpaeI2Mo&amp;t=5434s">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXOWpaeI2Mo&amp;t=5434s</a>).</li> </ul> <p><div class="embed-media embed-media--video-youtube"><iframe width="200" height="113" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MXOWpaeI2Mo?start=5434&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" title="Hell No, We STILL Ain&amp;#039;t Going: 50 Years of Peace and Pan-African Coalitions"></iframe></div></p> <ul> <li>Continued peace studies, academic and solidarity work in and concerning South Africa (in addition to our South African members, PANPEN members from Rwanda, the Congo, Pakistan, the USA and elsewhere continue to study and work for justice and peace in South Africa).</li> <li>Continued coordination of the Pan African Educator’s Forum (coordinated by Malawian PANPEN member Steve Sharra).</li> <li>Youth, women, professionals, faith-based and civil society leaders demonstrated commitment to nonviolence and people-centred peacebuilding approaches in South Sudan and Sudan. In June 2017, president Salva Kiir of South Sudan relinquished his power as a patron of national dialogue. This came after a group of committed voluntary civil resisters publicly called for the president to allow the national dialogue to proceed without him (published in Juba monitor dated June 2, 2017 volume 7, issue no. 1072). In Sudan, PANPEN members and doctors achieved a relative improvement in the health sector following doctors’ protests and strikes which began in 2016.</li> <li>Increased public awareness on the impact of gun violence on the socio-economic, political and cultural lives of South Sudanese and other peoples. The PANPEN co-chair Moses John and member Organization for Nonviolence and Development in collaboration with the Association for Media Women in South Sudan, Isis WICCE Uganda and International Action Network for Small Arms (IANSA) held a number of consultative meetings with stakeholders and undertook campaigns before and after the Week of Action Against Gun Violence.</li> <li>Continued information sharing, solidarity, lobbying and advocacy for peace and justice by PANPEN members and between the network and like-minded networks such as the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), Global Peace Summit (GPS), Germany and others. The PANPEN Facebook page is managed by Miles Rutendo Tanhira, who doubles as a WRI council member.</li> <li>Increased regional engagement at the African Union Peace and Security Desk. Moses John, on invitation of the African Union, contributed to the ten-year post-conflict development and reconstruction policy framework review for Africa, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Recommendations and the way forward</strong></p> <p>There is still a need for PANPEN and WRI to solicit funds and hire a part-time secretary to maintain communications with members and to support the co-chairs and the steering committee. Network member organizations should be encouraged to use local resources such as the internet and computer software etc. to reduce costs. It would be great if such a person was at least bi-lingual, for instance in English and French or Portuguese to assist in translating messages. In the meantime, the WRI office could assign a member of staff or an intern as the communication contact person to the PANPEN network and to further strengthen the network communication subcommittee and reflect its work on different media (Facebook, blogging, website, etc.).</p> <p>PANPEN and WRI should raise funds to implement practical projects in the region, including following up on African Nonviolence Trainers’ Exchanges, supporting members actions/campaigns, research and documentation, and strengthening collaboration.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>In conclusion, PANPEN has realised with great concern that the WRI council has not yet adopted a concrete resolution based on reports submitted by PANPEN since its establishment. While WRI is not obliged to do so, the network members feel it would encourage its ongoing commitment.</p> <h3>WRI in East, South and South East Asia</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Jungmin, Hannah, Yong-suk from WRI with Netiwit a Thai CO" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6990cc46-1cdb-4867-a7ce-dae7b7b592a2" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/thailand.jpg?itok=PA0lxMVg 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/thailand.jpg?itok=PA0lxMVg" alt="Jungmin, Hannah, Yong-suk from WRI with Netiwit a Thai CO" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>Last November, Hannah from the WRI London office and Yong-suk and Jungmin from the South Korean affiliate World without War visited Bangkok and Thailand to visit Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal –the first conscientious objector in Thailand. During four days of visiting, we met Netiwit and many other grassroots activists and learnt about their work and discussed how to work together in the future. See Hannah’s report (<a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/en/military-and-monarchy">http://www.wri-irg.org/en/military-and-monarchy</a>) to learn more about our exploration, and if you are familiar with Korean, Yong-suk’s report is available at <a href="http://www.withoutwar.org/?p=12886">http://www.withoutwar.org/?p=12886</a>. Netiwit was elected as president of the student council of Chulalongkorn University last May, so now he’s currently focusing more on educational issues in Thailand.</p> <p>The WRI RRTK committee invited World without War activists to their regular conference call last April and discussed future plans; there were some good signs of addressing alternative service in Korea. WRI and World without War have been working very closely regarding CO issues. Recently WRI helped Korean COs seek asylum in European countries.</p> <h2>WRI in Oceania and Australia</h2> <p>WRI has an affiliate in Australia, and an individual member in West Papua. Through the war profiteers initiative we have also made contact with groups in Australia and New Zealand. Both groups are resisting arms trade events in their local towns, and have featured in War Profiteers News.</p> <h2>European Antimilitarist Network</h2> <p>The European Antimilitarist Network (EAN) encompasses a wide-range of groups from across Europe dedicated to antimilitarism and the use of nonviolent direct action. The network facilitates communication between the groups in the network and between the network and other groups and people involved in the antimilitarist struggle. They use and developed the concept of War Starts Here (other antimilitarist groups outside the network also use it). The network has been meeting in an open conference call around every six months, sharing news of current activities and future plans. Having affiliated to WRI in 2016, Nesehutí and Campaign Against the Arms Trade are also participating.</p> <p><strong>Stop NATO 2017!</strong></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="European Antimilitarist Network members blockading an entrance road to the NATO summit" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="19515a5b-15e0-4f5e-89f8-f0abb047aa99" title="European Antimilitarist Network members blockading an entrance road to the NATO summit" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/ean.jpg?itok=sojVzY4s 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/ean.jpg?itok=sojVzY4s" alt="European Antimilitarist Network members blockading an entrance road to the NATO summit" title="European Antimilitarist Network members blockading an entrance road to the NATO summit" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>As part of the actions against the opening of NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels in May, EAN members from Belgium, the UK and Spain came together with Belgian EAN members Agir Pour La Paix and Detractive to take action. All road entrances to the building were blocked. The activists were arrested along with over 100 others, but were released without charge.</p> <p><strong>Coulport Disarmament Camp</strong></p> <p>Trident Ploughshares have invited members of the network to join in the Coulport Disarmament Camp in Scotland in July. At the time of writing this event is still coming up, but we know that a large contingent will be coming from Finland. By the time this report is published, news of the camp will be available at <a href="http://tridentploughshares.org/">http://tridentploughshares.org/</a>.</p> <p><strong>Stop DSEI 2017</strong></p> <p>EAN members are travelling to London in September to resist the DSEI arms fair, invited by Campaign Against the Arms Trade; some will stay to attend the WRI Council meeting. At the last DSEI (in September 2015), EAN members were arrested but found not guilty of obstructing a highway.</p> <h2>WRI in North America – War Resisters League Report</h2> <p>WRL is building a movement to end all forms of war and militarism through strategic nonviolent resistance. WRL strengthens the anti-war movement by connecting voices of resistance confronting root causes of violence across the globe. See <a href="https://www.warresisters.org/membership-handbook">https://www.warresisters.org/membership-handbook</a> and the Membership Manual: <a href="https://issuu.com/resistwar/docs/membershipmanuasklissuu/2">https://issuu.com/resistwar/docs/membershipmanuasklissuu/2</a> for more information.</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <div alt="Photo: War Resisters League" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6d919d58-8535-42eb-91af-62768c3a1422" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Photo: War Resisters League" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/wrl.png?itok=ipsl-xai" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/wrl.png?itok=ipsl-xai 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Photo: War Resisters League</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>Since our last report, WRL has a new staff member, Raul Ramos, P/T Communications &amp; Development Associate; eleven new members of our National Committee, our highest decision-making body; and we have moved to a new office, leaving our beloved Peace Pentagon, as US cities, NYC in particular, experience extreme capitalism and gentrification that leaves almost no space for non-profit and movement-building groups. WRL continues with our work, working extra hard to challenge increasing militarisation and violence that is fomenting and growing, lifting up and strengthening resistance movements in solidarity with those most directly impacted.</p> <p>Major programme areas: counter-recruitment, nonviolent direct action, demilitarising health &amp; security, war tax resistance, ending PO militarisation, GI resistance, internationalism and local organising.</p> <p><strong>Programme highlights 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li>NVDA Training and Resources: NE Office Coordinator, Joanne Sheehan, and former WRI Chair, coordinated Training for Trainers – a nonviolence brochure being updated and redesigned for publication in fall 2017 (<a href="http://www.warresisters.org/nonviolence">http://www.warresisters.org/nonviolence</a>).</li> <li>Strengthening WRL Networks: Discussing and strategising on membership and affiliation at our upcoming National Committee meeting in July 2017. WRL is looking to assist, strengthen and transform local groups. Recent examples are collaborations with NWTRCC (National War Tax Resistance Committee), Jewish Voice for Peace Deadly Exchange campaign, Bay Area (Oakland and San Francisco, CA) on proposed UASI budget decreases and a petition against the Trump administration’s military budget increase.</li> <li>Ending Tear Gas in Prisons: Delivered 13 000 petitions to the Department of Justice in Washington DC this past winter, and looking to engage prison justice groups with future work.</li> <li>No SWAT Zone: Coalition efforts nationwide to address and support cuts to funding for many SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) trainings, part of the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). WRL is working with a coalition in Berkeley, CA, Stop Urban Shield, to encourage local governments to sign non-participation commitments with Urban Shield (the tactical warfare trade shows occur in various towns/cities), and mobilising this demand nationally for replication and power.</li> <li>Counter police recruitment: Upcoming work in Philadelphia for the International Association of the Chiefs of Police Conference fall 2017, making the connections between SWAT and global repression, and the Stop ITOA (Illinois Tactical Officers Association) 2017–18. To learn more and how you too can fight back and get involved, see the article published in July by WRL National Organizers, Ali Issa and Tara Tabassi: <a href="https://thenewinquiry.com/no-swat-zone/">https://thenewinquiry.com/no-swat-zone/</a>.</li> <li>Diaspora Delegations: To Athens, Greece in August 2017, to engage in politicised service, not charity based-work, in order to build on the inherent skills, talents and decision-making of refugee communities.</li> <li>Resisting Airwars: Documenting and demanding reparations, and demanding accountability from international human rights bodies, for areas in Iraq, Palestine and Somalia that experience airwars. Engaging diaspora communities to build coalitions and coordinating with Iraqi Transnational Collective and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Escalation to target implicated arms manufacturers. Survivors who demand ‘bereavement fund’.</li> </ul> <p>Peace Award 2017: Mariame Kaba and Grace Paley Award 2017: Rasmea Odeh.</p> <p>See: <a href="www.mariamekaba.com">www.mariamekaba.com</a> and <a href="www.aaan.org">www.aaan.org</a>.</p> <h2>Publications and outreach</h2> <h3>New WRI website</h3> <p>This year, staff at War Resisters’ International have been working with the web development company Netuxo to build a new website for the network. We began this work in the summer of 2016, and the website went live in July 2017. We hope what we have developed will be a significant tool for the network in the years to come. It has been clear for several years that we needed a new site, and we prioritised the work this year because the version of Drupal (the software the website runs on) will no longer be supported – an upgrade was necessary!</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Homepage of the new WRI website" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="05bc3016-e139-4ba9-8427-b78a99c3b8d9" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/website.jpg?itok=tWRa4n-x 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/website.jpg?itok=tWRa4n-x" alt="Homepage of the new WRI website" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>The new website is easier to browse, and the various publications and projects that are hosted there are more accessible – it is also more attractive and the menu structure is much simpler. The new website also makes it easier for new supporters to subscribe to our mailing lists and to give regular donations to WRI. The website is primarily available in English, Spanish, French and German (individual articles can be translated into any language), and the language switching function is simpler for the user. From the perspective of staff, the new website is generally easier and more flexible to use than the old site, and certain tasks, e.g. sending email newsletters, will be a lot quicker.</p> <p>The development of the site took a significant amount of staff time, especially in the final weeks before its completion. However, we expect that it will also bring significant benefits to the programme work and the wider network. We hope that it portrays WRI in all its vibrancy and activity!</p> <p>In addition to developing a new main website for WRI, we also took the opportunity to develop a new website for our nonviolence resources, such as the online version of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, called Empowering Nonviolence. This project is discussed in greater detail in the Nonviolence Programme section of this report.</p> <p>We would like to include a brief note about Netuxo, who we can't thank enough. They went above and beyond what was asked of them to build our new website, and we are very grateful! Netuxo will continue to maintain our web server, and offer ad hoc support for the website.</p> <h2>Publications</h2> <p>All of WRI's email-based publications can be viewed on our website. You can subscribe to receive them to your inbox here: <a href="/en/WRI-mailing-lists-and-publications">http://www.wri-irg.org/en/WRI-mailing-lists-and-publications</a>.</p> <p>We have written a simple 'writing guide' for the website, to encourage people to consider submitting ideas for stories to our publications. It is available here: <a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/en/Writing-for-WRI">http://www.wri-irg.org/en/Writing-for-WRI</a> (German, Spanish, French).</p> <h3>Series publications</h3> <p><a href="/en/publications/broken-rifle">The Broken Rifle</a></p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="Front cover of The Broken Rifle 107" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="848cd4bc-61a7-44dc-a79b-c129df451475" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/front-cover_0.jpg?itok=zN99YohZ 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/front-cover_0.jpg?itok=MdBIwuVa" alt="Front cover of The Broken Rifle 107" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>The Broken Rifle is WRI's main newsletter, and is published in English, Spanish, German and French. It is published online, usually with a downloadable PDF version available, and sent out as an email newsletter.</p> <p>Staff often use The Broken Rifle when travelling and attending events. We use Issuu to publish the PDF 'magazine' version of the Broken Rifle, which makes it much easier to read on tablets, laptops and e-readers, and to embed on the website. You can sign up for free, as well as read past issues in all four published languages, here: issuu.com/warresistersint.</p> <p>Since August 2016, the following issues have been published:</p> <p>November 2016: <a href="/publication/broken-rifle/106/broken-rifle">Resisters’ Stories</a></p> <p>January 2017: <a href="/en/publication/broken-rifle/107/broken-rifle">Prisoners for peace, prisons for war?</a></p> <p><a href="/en/publications/war-resisters-stories"><strong>War Resisters’ Stories</strong></a></p> <p>War Resisters’ Stories is a short monthly bulletin of news from the WRI network. Each month it contains five stories, both from the office and from the WRI network. It is designed to give people highlights of recent activities, as well as direct them towards upcoming events, in a brief and engaging way. This year we have started translating this bulletin into French; so it is now available in English, Spanish, French and German.</p> <p><a href="/en/publications/co-update"><strong>CO-Update</strong></a></p> <p>The CO-Update, produced in English, is the eNewsletter of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. Since summer 2012 it has been produced bimonthly. It contains updates on conscientious objection and conscription around the world, as well as news of RRTK activity.</p> <p><a href="/en/programmes/co_alerts"><strong>CO-Alert</strong></a></p> <p>WRI launched this email-based system for alerting subscribers to the imprisonment or other difficulties faced by conscientious objectors in July 2001. Since then, hundreds of CO-Alerts have been distributed. The CO-Alert system has been integrated into WRI's conscientious objection database, and is now managed entirely through the WRI website. CO-Alert is an English-only email list, although some alerts are also available in other languages on the WRI website. Please encourage as many people to join this list as possible: <a href="/en/programmes/co_alerts">http://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/co_alerts</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <div alt="Campaign of the month in War Profiteers News: Deadly Exchange" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="761517cc-2265-4e89-810a-07c88c9aadcb" data-langcode="en" title="Campaign of the month in War Profiteers News: Deadly Exchange"> <img alt="Campaign of the month in War Profiteers News: Deadly Exchange" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/2017-06/gettyimages-542426432-1.jpg?itok=HlMP05-v" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/2017-06/gettyimages-542426432-1.jpg?itok=HlMP05-v 1x" title="Campaign of the month in War Profiteers News: Deadly Exchange" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Campaign of the month in War Profiteers News: Deadly Exchange</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p><a href="/en/publications/war-profiteers-news"><strong>War Profiteers News</strong></a></p> <p>The email newsletter War Profiteers News is published in English and Spanish, usually once a quarter. It has been an important tool to provide information on matters related to war profiteering to a wide range of groups and activists, and facilitates networking of groups working on war profiteering.</p> <h3>Social media</h3> <p>We continue to develop our social media work. We aim to post on Facebook once a day, and on Twitter as regularly as seems appropriate. We have also tried to regularly repost and retweet content produced by groups affiliated to WRI.</p> <p><strong>Facebook</strong></p> <p>Find us here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/warresistersint/">https://www.facebook.com/pg/warresistersint/</a>. We now have over 4,600 followers. Our most popular posts this year were about COs in Israel, our crowdfunders for DSEI and Council, and a post about the Standing Rock protest camp in the USA.</p> <p><strong>Twitter</strong></p> <p>You can find WRI at <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint">https://twitter.com/warresistersint</a>. We have over 4,300 followers. You can use this list to see twitter feeds from WRI's affiliates: <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint/lists/wri-affiliates">https://twitter.com/warresistersint/lists/wri-affiliates</a>.</p> <h3>Books</h3> <p><strong>Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</strong></p> <p>This year we completed the French translation of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, working closely with our friends in Union Pacifiste de France (UPF) to complete the design work – UPF kindly donated the costs and organised the printing and distribution of the book.</p> <h2>Statements and Press Releases</h2> <p>Since the last annual report, WRI has released two statements <a href="/en/story/2016/wri-stands-solidarity-syrian-civilian-population-who-are-victims-war">in solidarity with the civilian population in Syria</a>. The Executive Committee also signed a statement originally written by RAMALC, WRI’s network in Latin America and the Caribbean, <a href="/en/story/2017/antimilitarist-and-nonviolent-solidarity-venezuela-statement-ramalc">in solidarity with nonviolent resisters in Venezuela</a>.</p> <h1>Turkey project</h1> <p>WRI has been working on Turkey since the early 1990s, mostly supporting conscientious objectors in the West of Turkey. It has two affiliates in the country: Vicdani Ret Derneği (VR-DER) (Conscientious Objection Association) and Şiddetsizlik Eğitim ve Araştırma Merkezi (Nonviolent Education and Research Centre).</p> <p>At the beginning of 2016, and in response to a request by several Turkish activists, many of them known to WRI for over a decade, WRI started (together with three partners: FOR Austria, Connection e.V. and Federation for Social Defence (both Germany) a project called “Stop the Cycle of Violence in Turkey”. The original objective of this project was to raise awareness about the renewed violence in the South East and to encourage European governments to respond to it. Among other things, there have been two petitions and a lobby tour by two human rights activists from Turkey to the UN and European human rights institutions last year. Training is the next step in our overall engagement with the violent conflict and human rights issues in Turkey.</p> <p>At the end of April 2016, a delegation from WRI, including two Turkish human rights activists, and members of FOR Austria and two German organisations visited Diyarbakir and Cizre to assess the situation and develop contacts for further cooperation. As a result of this trip, at the end of 2016, a four-person delegation (two from Western Turkey, two from WRI) visited Diyarbakir and discussed the project with board members from about ten organisations (four human rights organisations, two health worker organisations, two women and LGBT groups, a CO group, and an ecological initiative). After this meeting the project proposal was finalized. Unfortunately, we have so far failed to raise the means for a seminar. In addition, recent developments in Turkey raise a question regarding the feasibility of conducting such a seminar in Turkey at all.</p> <h1>Finances and fundraising</h1> <p>WRI’s financial situation remained largely stable since our eCouncil last year. This means our short-term outlook is reasonable, but the longer term gives ample reason for concern.</p> <p>WRI ended 2016 with a surplus of £4 990, but this positive result is partly explained by significant expenditures (above all, much of the cost of building our new website) having been delayed from late 2016 to early 2017. Accordingly, our figures for the first half of 2017 (the latest we have at the time of writing) show a large deficit of £13 733. The rest of the year is expected to be more financially stable, but we will probably still miss our budget projection [a £8 715 deficit] for 2017. A more detailed and up-to-date presentation of the numbers will be given at our Council meeting in London, together with a breakdown of our assets and liabilities – a total reserve of £68 617 as of 30 June 2017.</p> <p>In the first months of 2017, we were successful in meeting our budget projections for programme fundraising: the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme secured a £9 750 grant from the Network for Social Change; the Nonviolence programme raised £5 000 from the Lush Charity Pot (plus, after the end of June, £1 500 from the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust); and the Right to Refuse to Kill programme continues to be generously and fully funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which has supported it since 2001 (with funding now secured through 2020). We will also break even on our Council meeting and the activities surrounding it, possibly even covering some of the costs of staff work that went into organising them.</p> <p>However, the current funding is insufficient to cover our costs. Again, we expect to end this year with a significant deficit, and we do not expect 2018 to be very different. Our staff will continue working on raising more funds, but they – we – will need your help.</p> <p>As always, affiliation fees and individual donations are a notable part of our income, and we need to maintain these. This is a direct way in which the WRI network can support its office programmes. Volunteer help of all sorts (including with fundraising) could be invaluable as a resource in its own right, and will also eventually get reflected in our [financial] books.</p> <p>Last but not least, we are going to have our International Assembly in 2018. Organising an International Assembly is always a huge task and strain for the office and Exec. It is also a major cost we need to raise funds to cover. Here too, you – the WRI network – can help: by contributing solidarity travel funding for delegates from the Global South; by cooperating with the office in preparing and submitting funding applications; by helping us discover and reach funding sources; and, obviously, by getting actively engaged in organising the event itself.</p> <h2>Outlook for the Coming Year</h2> <p>The WRI Office and Executive are looking forward to meeting you soon in London for the WRI 2017 Council meeting. There will be time to discuss the WRI programmes, as well as the upcoming WRI Assembly in 2018 and the issues that will be discussed there. Alongside the WRI meeting, there will be opportunities to take action against the Defence and Security Exhibition International (DSEI) and to participate in the one-day seminar “War Stops Here”. This will be a place to exchange experiences about campaigns against the arms trade and to discuss ways of building solidarity and opportunities for joint campaigns.</p> <p>Coming up after the Council in September is the gathering in Brussels in October, focusing on Eritreans fleeing militarisation and giving space for voices of Eritrean COs. WRI is co-hosting this event with the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR), Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA), Förderverein Pro Asyl e.V., Connection e.V. and the Stop Slavery in Eritrea Campaign. The annual CMOY week of action follows in November, in which you are all invited to take part. During autumn, Marcela Paz from RAMALC will be in the WRI office on an internship working on the RRtK and CMOY programmes and preparing the RAMALC gathering next year. And, of course, the WRI Programmes and all the WRI affiliates will continue the day-to-day work of gradually dismantling the military industrial complex and the militarist mindset behind it.</p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-office-report?language=en" hreflang="en">WRI Office Report</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=40830&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="HtBQ5l7nHuufeQabSA_Yl-fZCccsgH6_Ys1WDH4T-Ho"></drupal-render-placeholder> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'comment__comment__story' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * comment--comment--story.html.twig * comment--comment.html.twig x comment.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/comment/comment.html.twig' --> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-40161" about="/en/comment/40161?language=en" typeof="schema:Comment" class="js-comment" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-40161" about="/en/comment/40161?language=en" typeof="schema:Comment" class="js-comment comments"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1506697361"></mark> <div> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/en/comment/40161?language=en#comment-40161" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">RE: revival of conscription in France</a></h3> <footer> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'user' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * user--compact.html.twig x user.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/user/templates/user.html.twig' --> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0?language=en"> </article> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/user/templates/user.html.twig' --> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'rdf_wrapper' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/rdf/templates/rdf-wrapper.html.twig' --> <span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'username' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/user/templates/username.html.twig' --> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">GORDON M. SITES (not verified)</span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/user/templates/username.html.twig' --> on Sun, 10 Sep 2017 - 09:24</span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/rdf/templates/rdf-wrapper.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'rdf_metadata' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/rdf/templates/rdf-metadata.html.twig' --> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-09-10T08:24:26+00:00" class="hidden"></span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/rdf/templates/rdf-metadata.html.twig' --> </p> <a href="/en/comment/40161?language=en#comment-40161" hreflang="en">Permalink</a> </footer> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment-body--default.html.twig * field--comment--comment-body--comment.html.twig * field--comment--comment-body.html.twig * field--comment--comment.html.twig * field--comment-body.html.twig * field--text-long.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I&#039;ve heard worrying reports that President Macron plans to bring back compulsory military service in France. Do you have any information about this? The press in France, not to mention that in other countries, has been stone-silent about what would be a wholesale violation of human rights and a tragic step backward for civil liberties in the country if such plans were to be implemented. Please share any information you may have about this with me via my email address. Thank you.</p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=40161&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="0-m8Ni5OCVSTeVkmABueFhlj0dlicDLZHJ6yQQMoTa0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/comment/comment.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'comment__comment__story' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * comment--comment--story.html.twig * comment--comment.html.twig x comment.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/comment/comment.html.twig' --> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-40366" about="/en/comment/40366?language=en" typeof="schema:Comment" class="js-comment" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-40366" about="/en/comment/40366?language=en" typeof="schema:Comment" class="js-comment comments"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1517595925"></mark> <div> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/en/comment/40366?language=en#comment-40366" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">I have another question to…</a></h3> <footer> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'user' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * user--compact.html.twig x user.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/user/templates/user.html.twig' --> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0?language=en"> </article> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/user/templates/user.html.twig' --> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'rdf_wrapper' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/rdf/templates/rdf-wrapper.html.twig' --> <span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'username' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/user/templates/username.html.twig' --> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">GORDON M. SITES (not verified)</span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/user/templates/username.html.twig' --> on Sun, 07 Jan 2018 - 12:22</span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/rdf/templates/rdf-wrapper.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'rdf_metadata' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/rdf/templates/rdf-metadata.html.twig' --> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-01-07T12:22:54+00:00" class="hidden"></span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/rdf/templates/rdf-metadata.html.twig' --> </p> <a href="/en/comment/40366?language=en#comment-40366" hreflang="en">Permalink</a> </footer> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment-body--default.html.twig * field--comment--comment-body--comment.html.twig * field--comment--comment-body.html.twig * field--comment--comment.html.twig * field--comment-body.html.twig * field--text-long.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I have another question to put to anyone from Taiwan regarding the recent announcement made by the government there that from 2018 there will no longer be any military draft. Unfortunately, it&#039;s not true as young men will still be drafted for four months of military training. THIS IS NOT AN ALL-VOLUNTEER SYSTEM, by any means. But, anyway, the question is: what happens to those who refuse to serve this four-month stint? Will they face imprisonment? I hope not. They should be granted unconditional exemption just for the asking.</p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=40366&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="4rtVRm-dpe9yIbTmLzFRLnIfBLKc1kfObYootAkDtOo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/comment/comment.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'pager' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/pager.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/pager.html.twig' --> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:14:57 +0000 HBrock 40830 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2017/war-resisters-international-annual-report-september-2016-august-2017?language=en#comments Our work this year https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2016/our-work-year?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--26828.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="26828" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-image--rss.html.twig * 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srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2017-06/6.jpg?itok=BP9qLBHa 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2017-06/6.jpg?itok=0Ec1P9aJ 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2017-06/6.jpg?itok=0Ec1P9aJ" alt="RAMALC meeting in Mexico" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> </picture> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <div class="caption"></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 25 Oct 2016</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Read about what War Resisters' International have been up to in our annual report. News of our programmes, our campaigning work in Turkey, our publications and meetings, and a look towards the year ahead.</p> <p>Follow these links to find the report in</p> <ul> <li><a href="/2016-annual-report" target="_blank">English</a></li> <li><a class="x_translation-link" href="/fr/node/26818" target="_blank" title="L'Internationale des Résistant(e)s à la&lt;br /&gt;&#10; Guerre Bureau et rapport exécutif Novembre&lt;br /&gt;&#10; 2015 – Août 2016">Français</a></li> <li><a href="/de/node/26822" target="_blank">Deutsch</a></li> <li><a class="x_translation-link" href="/es/node/26819" target="_blank" title="Informe de la Oficina y del Ejecutivo&lt;br /&gt;&#10; Noviembre 2015 – Agosto 2016 ">Español</a> <!--break--></li> </ul> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-office-report" hreflang="en">WRI Office Report</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/office" hreflang="en">From the office</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=26828&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="M0RJ7BaQcJRtIlle8KTRmZWxeg7QFsKc2FI8htW59aI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:23:33 +0000 cmoy 26828 at https://updates.wri-irg.org War Resisters' International Office and Executive Report October 2015 – August 2016 https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/2016-annual-report?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--26793.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="26793" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 11 Oct 2016</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="/sites/default/files/public_files/WRI%20Exec%20and%20Office%20report%202015-2016.pdf"><em>Download this report as a pdf</em></a></p> <p align="left">Put together by the WRI Executive Committee and Staff</p> <h2 align="left">Introduction</h2> <p align="left">Another year has passed, and with it far too much death and destruction caused by wars and militarism. But people around the world continue to stand up for peace and resist the military (non)solutions, the arms race, the injustices, the unequal distributions of resources. In this annual report, you'll read about some of these struggles; conscientious objectors refusing being part of the war machine, groups around the world taking action against the militarisation of youth, peace activists coming together to learn from each other and strengthen ongoing campaigns and networks.</p> <p align="left">The report include an account of the WRI programme activities since the last Council, the work of WRI and its affiliates in the different regions of the world, the WRI internal business, WRI publications, statements and press releases, the WRI campaign to stop the violence in Turkey , WRI’s financial situation and finally an outlook for the coming year. As you will read in the report, organisations and individuals continue to find WRI to exchange experiences and knowledge, forming links between peace activists around the world and building stronger movements as we learn from each other.</p> <!--break--> <h2>WRI Internal</h2> <h3 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><a name="__RefHeading__3377_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3377_735784400"></a> Council 2015</h3> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3e340aef-b05d-4a32-a9b5-e2f6ef7f4c42" title="Action preparations at the Stopping the War Business Seminar and Action in Seoul 2015" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/1-smaller.home.jpg?itok=sX44PesZ 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/1-smaller.home.jpg?itok=sX44PesZ" alt="" title="Action preparations at the Stopping the War Business Seminar and Action in Seoul 2015" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p><span>The Council 2015 took place before the International Seminar on War Profiteering in Seoul, South Korea, from the 13</span><sup><span>th</span></sup><span> to 15</span><sup><span>th</span></sup><span> of October 2015. There were 15 Council members plus observers and staff present; Treasurer Sergeiy Sandler joined by skype for part of the meeting. The most important decisions included:</span></p> <ul> <li> <p lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">Until next year's Council, associate members of WRI will be asked if they would wish to apply becoming Sections. The Council 2016 will then decide on those applications.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">The next International Assembly will be held in 2017 or early 2018; the Exec will explore options for places.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">The hundredth anniversary of WRI is in 2021; the Exec will explore if there is enough support in the Netherlands to hold it in that country where WRI was founded.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">The budgets for 2015 and 2016 were approved.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">A Listening Committee is to be set up to find a new member for the Executive replacing Sergeiy who has become treasurer.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">For the revision of Rules and By-laws, the Council favours the two-round election of Council members practiced the last two International Assemblies. The system of postal ballots should be maintained and adapted so that it fits this new electoral procedure.</p> </li> <li> <p lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">Four new members were accepted to WRI as Associates: Centre of Peace Studies (Croatia), Antimilitarist Collective of Medellin (Colombia), Community Self-Reliance Centre and National Land Rights Forum (both Nepal).</p> </li> </ul> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The full minutes of the meeting have been shared (file “Council Meeting October 2015 to wri-internal with appendices.pdf”)</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="85ceddd7-fcb9-436a-901f-572aa450af8e" title="WRI Council meeting in Seoul 2015" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/2-smaller.home.jpg?itok=f-YTB0OL 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/2-smaller.home.jpg?itok=f-YTB0OL" alt="" title="WRI Council meeting in Seoul 2015" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <h3>Executive</h3> <p><span>The Executive, consisting of </span><span>Jungmin Choi, </span><span>Cattis Laska, Sergeiy Sandler (Treasurer), Christine Schweitzer (Chair) and </span><span>Hülya Üçpinar</span><span> </span><span>has held two face-to-face meetings since last Council: 22</span><sup><span>th</span></sup><span>-24</span><sup><span>th</span></sup><span> of January in London and </span><span>17</span><sup><span>th</span></sup><span>-19</span><sup><span>th</span></sup><span> June in Göteborg (Sweden). Additionally, the exec meets usually once per month on the phone.</span></p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Though being one member short after Dominique Saillard left the exec as treasurer, the group is working very well together.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Main topics that the Exec dealt with in this past year, were: the preparation of the Council 2016 (including the decision that it would be an eCouncil), budget, finance and fundraising, the International Assemblies 2017/8 and 2021 and accompanying the work on the various programmes run by the office and the respective Programme Committees. For some of Exec (Hülya, Christine) and staff (Semih) the situation in Turkey and our campaign on it have been a special focus (see the section in this report).</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__5918_735784400" id="__RefHeading__5918_735784400"></a> Working groups</h3> <p>The <strong>Women's Working group</strong> and the <strong>Queer Working group</strong> both still formally exist, but have neither of them met in person or online the past year. There are e-mail lists for both groups, and there has been some acitvity on the lists during the past year.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__2691_2030717516" id="__RefHeading__2691_2030717516"></a>Staff</h3> <p>Andrew Dey and Hannah Brock are both working 4-days a week each, and Semih Sapmaz works on a freelance basis. They hold regular meetings (the notes of which are shared with the Executive Committee), and are planning an away day in September, focusing on work plans for the coming year.</p> <p>Andrew works on the Nonviolence Programme, and Hannah on the Right to Refuse to Kill Programme. Semih works freelance for both the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme and the Right to Refuse to Kill Programme.</p> <p>Andrew became a father in October 2015, and WRI grants staff a month of co-parenting leave. He took this as two weeks when Robin was born, with an additional week in July 2016. He plans to take the final week as his partner begins work again in September.</p> <p><span>Hannah will have been at WRI for five years in September 2017, and is able to take a </span><span>one month sabbatical. She plans to take this earlier in the year, so as not to disrupt plans for the upcoming International Conference.</span></p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__2693_2030717516" id="__RefHeading__2693_2030717516"></a>Volunteers and interns</h3> <p>For three months from November 2016 we were joined in the office by Taya Govreen Segal, an activist from Israel, as a Right to Refuse to Kill intern.</p> <p>It was great to have Taya around the office. She was working particularly on a survey of grassroots activists about conscientious objection and conscription in their contexts. This was a chance to contact many groups around the WRI network. The results of this will appear in an online interactive map, which will appear on WRI's relaunched website this autumn.</p> <p>She also engaged with the Eastern Mediterranean network of conscientious objectors, as a CO from Israel, and helped to draft <a href="/en/statement-of-Eastern-Med-COs">their statement</a> on militarism in the region. Additionally, she undertook speaking engagements in England and Scotland, mostly focusing on the experience of conscientious objectors in Israel, but including one on the Israeli arms trade, a write-up of which you can find <a href="/en/node/26527">here</a>.</p> <p>It was great to have Taya in the office and we are keeping in touch.</p> <p>We are grateful to artist Ralph Ziman, who is helping us design a new logo. Lyn Setchell has been helping us with the eBook design of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, and an edit of the print edition of the Handbook. We are also very appreciative of the time spent by Rob Brew, who helps with our IT equipment in the office, making sure that our software is up to date.</p> <p>Martyn Lowe, who was a regular volunteer in the WRI office for many years, visits the office once a year for three to four days to help us with the annual fundraising appeal, and we are very glad of his contributions! Kim Edwards also helped to send out the November 2015 fundraising appeal.</p> <p>James Ryan spent a week in the office as part of his college work experience, helping with some administration tasks and uploading translations to the WRI website – thanks James!</p> <p>WRI is supported by a large network of translators – some are members of the Council or Executive, others have volunteered through our website. They include Carlos Barranco, Nayua Abdelkefi, Igor Seke, Matias Mulet, Laura Perez Poza, Oscar Huenchunao, Pedro Ballesteros, Clara Delgado, Eva Aneiros, Cristian González, Mabel Pedemonte, Mayra Cavilla, Yolanda Alvarez, César Pérez, Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe, Martin Vallarino Arrospide, Carolina Olivero, Lydia Saiz, Mariana Avalaos, Manuel Torres, Paul Rankin, Ruby Starheart, Grace Brown, Anjali Mukhi Navalrai, Kevin Siegel, Inge Dreger, Gerd Buentzly, Christine Schweitzer, Rainer Sonntag, Caroline Wedler, Richard Meakin, Diana Vega, Laura Guthrie, Benjamin Lacey, David Scheuing, René Burget, Tikiri, Bastien Zara, Eve Tignol, Nolwenn Gaudin, Yoann Re, John Bogard, Lydia Castiello, Romain Ducroux, Maude Boudreault, Lewis Sinkala, Eleonora Romagna, D. Phillips, Asunción Serrano, Laura Poza and Laura Sanquer.</p> <p>As well as this list of volunteers, many people help us through the <a href="http://www.therosettafoundation.org/">Rosetta Foundation</a>'s website <a href="http://trommons.org/">trommons.org</a>, which links up volunteer translators with not-for-profit groups for one of tasks. Thank you to all of them!</p> <p>Finally, thanks to our proofreading volunteers, Emma Green, Spencer P. Malloy, Andrew Jackson and Lyn Setchell.</p> <h2>WRI Programmes</h2> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__2269_1541860825" id="__RefHeading__2269_1541860825"></a>Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme</h3> <h4 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><a name="__RefHeading__137_174262825" id="__RefHeading__137_174262825"></a> International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth</h4> <p align="justify" style="text-align: left;">The Second International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth was held between 14th and 20th November 2015 with the participation of many activists across the world. The week followed the first ever <a href="/militaryfreeweek">week of action</a> took place in 2014 and a <a href="http://www.antimili-youth.net/articles/2014/01/reports-international-day-action-military-free-education-and-research-action">day of action</a> held in 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d03151e3-7c26-47b0-ab33-1b15f5029985" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/CMOY-1_0.home.png?itok=HOh0qLVR 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/CMOY-1_0.home.png?itok=HOh0qLVR" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p align="justify" style="text-align: left;">With the week of action in 2015, we have extended our theme from education to other aspects of youth militarisation. With this aim the name of the week was changed from the "International Week of Action for Military-Free Education and Research" to the "International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth". Throughout the week, antimilitarists from different countries organised street actions and protests; held meetings, talks and workshops; and run social media campaigns all of which challenged the many ways militaries and armed groups engage with young people. The events and actions that took place reflected the various aspects of youth militarisation and resistance to it, from counter-recruitment and peace education to arms fair and different forms of military presence in public spaces.</p> <p align="justify" style="text-align: left;">The groups and organisations/institutions that supported the week included Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto AKL (Finland), Conscientious Objection Association (Turkey), Desmilitaritzem l’Educació (Catalonia), ForcesWatch (UK), German Peace Society - United War Resisters' (DFG-VK) (Germany), Joves d'Esquerra Verda (Catalonia), Peace Action Wellington (New Zealand), Schools of the Americas Watch (USA), War Resisters League (USA), United Nations Association Cardiff and District Branch (UK), Women in Black (UK), The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (USA), The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago (New Zealand), Cuerpo Con-Siente (Colombia), and the Latin American and Caribbean Antimilitarist Network (RAMALC).</p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="095f00bc-32f0-4087-85c3-0e4ba927434b" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/images/3.img_assist_properties.png?itok=0eUpcqNO 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/images/3.img_assist_properties.png?itok=6Ds_ceje" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p><span>Alongside this organisational support, the week was also supported by many individual activists from different countries/regions (including Nepal and the Pacific Island of Guam as well as others) via particular events and/or on social media. See the full report of the previous year's events </span><span><a href="http://antimili-youth.net/articles/2015/11/report-international-week-action-against-militarisation-youth"><span>here</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> <p align="justify">The third week of action is going to take place between 14 and 20 November 2016. In this year's events/actions we are focusing on the many ways young people's minds and bodies are recruited into the armed forces, and to war. See our call out <span><a href="http://antimili-youth.net/articles/2016/06/call-action-international-week-action-against-militarisation-youth">here</a></span>.</p> <h3 align="justify"><span>Website </span></h3> <p align="justify"><span>The content of <a href="http://antimili-youth.net/">antimili-youth.net</a>, the website of the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme, was improved via new stories from across the world - together with pieces by, and interviews with, activists from different countries. Its up-to-date content also includes visual material, i.e. videos and galleries. T</span><span>he website is available in three languages: English, Spanish and German, although due to capacity issues and practical reasons there is more content available in English. </span></p> <p align="justify" lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">The site functions as an online resource centre for the activists and members of the general public interested in countering the militarisation of youth. With antimili-youth.net, we aim to help the network active on the issues around youth militarisation worldwide to share ideas and tactics, as well as to communicate with the general public.</p> <h3 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><a name="__RefHeading__2273_1541860825" id="__RefHeading__2273_1541860825"></a> Social media and publications</h3> <p align="justify"><span>Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme has a page on Facebook sharing content from </span><span>antimili-youth.net </span><span>and other sources relevant to youth militarisation and resistance to it. Aside from the page, we have initiated a Facebook group “War is not a Game” this year, where activists are invited to share content from their work and/or updates from their countries. You can follow our page </span><span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/antimiliyouth/"><span>here</span></a></span><span>, and be a member to our group </span><span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/766740093497828/"><span>here</span></a></span><span>. </span></p> <p align="justify" lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">This year we have also initiated an email newsletter “Antimili-Youth News” sharing stories on youth militarisation from different countries with the network. In order to subscribe to our list, please send email to <a href="mailto:cmoy@wri-irg.org">cmoy@wri-irg.org</a>.</p> <h3 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><a name="__RefHeading__2275_1541860825" id="__RefHeading__2275_1541860825"></a> Future work and Fundraising</h3> <p align="justify"><span>Currently we are working on developing a new project that focuses on the gender dynamics of youth militarisation. </span><span>The project, convening meetings and developing a resource, will explore how gender is used to militarise young people across different countries, and how different approaches to gender could be utilised to tackle this. Our fundraising work for it continues and if we succeed we are hoping to start in summer 2017.</span></p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__2288_1541860825" id="__RefHeading__2288_1541860825"></a>Evaluation</h3> <p><strong>Achievements</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>The second International Week of Action took place with the participation of various groups and individuals across different countries..</p> </li> <li> <p align="justify">The website antimili-youth.net was further developed in content with up-to-date stories and contributions by the activists within the network.</p> </li> <li> <p align="justify">More appearance for CMoY and its field of work on social media via the page and the group.</p> </li> <li> <p align="justify">Expanding network with new subscribed members to our email list and newsletter “Antimili-Youth News”.</p> </li> <li> <p>Overall, with the achievements mentioned above, CMoY - as a new WRI project initiated last year- could develop into an independent WRI programme.</p> </li> </ul> <p align="justify"><strong>Challenges </strong></p> <p align="justify">Limited funds, and so time, for the coordination of the programme. This restricts WRI's capacity to expand the programme with new activities.</p> <h2><span>Nonviolence Programme</span></h2> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__1545_364463480" id="__RefHeading__1545_364463480"></a> <span>Constructive programmes</span></h3> <p><span>A significant focus of work for the programme this year has been developing a resource on Gandhi's concept of 'constructive programmes'. After publishing the second edition of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, we felt there was a need for material and resources outlining how social change is also sought through 'constructive' means, that still change orthodox power structures and form of structural violence. Examples might include housing cooperatives, land trusts, occupied factories, occupied farm land, the Occupy movement, community gardens, and radical health collectives.</span></p> <p><span>The nonviolence programme committee has spent some time and energy discussing this idea, gathering case studies, and outlining and debating principles. We feel it is an underrated and under-explored field. In June 2016 we finally felt we had gathered enough to begin work on a publication; this will be developed in a similar fashion to the Handbook (and other WRI publications), with different people invited to write chapters based on their specific experiences.</span></p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__1547_364463480" id="__RefHeading__1547_364463480"></a> <span>Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</span></h3> <p><strong><span><span>Translations</span></span></strong></p> <p><span>Work has continued this year in developing translations of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns. The translation of the first edition into French has been completed and uploaded to the website.</span></p> <p><span>Work has continued by a group of volunteers in translating the second edition into German and Turkish. When they are finished they will be uploaded to the website, and made available on the WRI online bookshop.</span></p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__1549_364463480" id="__RefHeading__1549_364463480"></a> <span>War Profiteers</span></h3> <h4><span><span>War Profiteers News</span></span></h4> <p><span><span>The programme continues to publish War Profiteers News, in English and Spanish. There have been five editions published since the last annual report. The newsletter is a useful tool for developing relations with members of the network and beyond, as we gather their stories and experiences. </span><span>The back issues are available at: <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/publications/war_profiteers">https://www.wri-irg.org/publications/war_profiteers</a> </span></span></p> <h4><span><span>Stopping the War Business: Seoul</span></span></h4> <p><span>In October 2015, WRI members and friends gathered Seoul for the 'Stopping the War Business' seminar, jointly organised by WRI staff and our affiliate 'World Without War'. The seminar was a two-day gathering of activists countering war profiteering in it's many guises. Activists shared stories of successful campaigns, tactics they are using, and found common ground in their various struggles. After the seminar, there was a nonviolence training led by South Korean trainers, to prepare for the ADEX arms fair.</span></p> <p><span>A direct outcome of Stopping the War Business was a more nuanced assessment of the process of police militarisation. Several speakers and workshops focused on this subject. We published a piece on the subject – <a href="/en/node/26140">Police Militarisation is Global</a> - co-authored by Tara Tab</span><span>a</span><span>ssi from War Resisters League and Andrew Dey from WRI in the February 2016 edition of War Profiteers News. We have also successfully applied for a Quaker Peace and Social Witness Peaceworker, and </span><span>at the time of writing we are</span><span> look</span><span>ing</span><span> forward to being joined by Sarah Robinson in September 2016. Sarah will spend her time researching and developing resources on the different ways police forces are being militarised. </span><span>Sarah will be splitting her time evenly between WRI and Campaign Against Arms Trade. </span></p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b0cf0a11-e19f-4db8-91c7-b22f39c78d5b" title="Planning actions against the ADEX arms fair, Seoul" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/5-smaller.home.jpg?itok=t93bLXSk 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/5-smaller.home.jpg?itok=t93bLXSk" alt="" title="Planning actions against the ADEX arms fair, Seoul" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <h4> </h4> <h4>ENAAT &amp; Farnborough</h4> <p>The annual “European Network Against the Arms Trade” was held in London this year, and Andrew Dey attended. The network acts primarily as an information-sharing and solidarity network, but in the last year has also hired a staff member who works on countering working developments in the European Union, including pushes towards granting large amounts of funding to arms companies for research.</p> <p>The meeting was hosted by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, and coincided with their actions against the Farnborough Air Show (a large trade show of military aircraft and other weaponry).</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__1551_364463480" id="__RefHeading__1551_364463480"></a> Training</h3> <p><strong>Arbi Harnet</strong></p> <p>In June 2016, we hosted a training and strategy session for the core group of the Arbi Harnet (“Freedom Friday”) campaign, a network of diaspora activists agitating for social change within Eritrea. Eritrea is a highly militarised, authoritarian state. Arbi Harnet have been using innovative techniques – such as mass phone calls – to spread news within the country. Several members of the core group were able to attend, and we were hosted by Stellan Vinthagen at the University of Massachusetts, with Matt Meyer also supporting the training.</p> <p>During the training, we visited a local Eritrean community centre, that was in support of 'opposition' activists within the country. We met with them, discussed the training and context within Eritrea.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__1553_364463480" id="__RefHeading__1553_364463480"></a> Future project work</h3> <h4>Website for handbook and resources</h4> <p>We have recently been granted funding to develop a new microsite for the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns. With new content (including on Constructive Programmes, see above), this site is provinsionally called 'The Nonviolent Resistance Manual', and will be a much more accessible and user-friendly resource than the current format, which is difficult to navigate and quite unattractive. It will also include a feature to allow users to contribute new content, stories, and methods, based on their own campaigning and nonviolent activism. We hope to begin work on this resource in the autumn of 2016, once the work on the main WRI site work has been completed.</p> <h4><a name="__RefHeading__1555_364463480" id="__RefHeading__1555_364463480"></a> Fundraising</h4> <p>In the past year, we have successfully applied for grants from:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Network for Social Change</p> </li> <li> <p>Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust</p> </li> </ul> <p>We were also generously supported by antimilitarists from Spain, who pooled over 4,000 euros from their tax objection for the programme.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__1557_364463480" id="__RefHeading__1557_364463480"></a> Evaluation</h3> <p><strong>Achievements</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Some exciting project work is taking place within the Nonviolence Programme, with work on constructive programmes and police militarisation two areas where we will develop work in the future.</p> </li> <li> <p>Through the Stopping the War Business seminar, and War Profiteers News, we have developed stronger links with anti-arms trade activists in different regions.</p> </li> <li> <p>Several funding opportunities have opened up, though still sporadic and not covering all core costs.</p> </li> <li> <p>Successfully applying for another QPSW Peaceworkers</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Challenges</strong></p> <p><a name="__RefHeading__3389_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3389_735784400"></a> Fundraising for the programme – though brighter in 2016 than previous years – remains a challenge, and of course every minute spent raising money is time not spent elsewhere.</p> <h2>The Right to Refuse to Kill Programme</h2> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3391_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3391_735784400"></a> Programme activities</h3> <p><a name="__RefHeading__3393_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3393_735784400"></a> Work with country and regional movements</p> <h4>Bolivia</h4> <p><span>We have made contact with a new CO in Bolivia, José Miguel Orías, </span>whose claim to be recognised as a CO has been judged by the Bolivian constitutional court; as expected, the court ruled against him, blaming the lack of regulation of the right within Bolivian law. <span>W</span><span>e are w</span><span>orking with legal support group Rights in Actions (</span><span>Derechos en acción</span><span>) in Bolivia, </span><span>to raise funds to allow them to take the case to the</span><span> Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). If successful, this could be an important opportunity for a new precedent to be set, updating </span><span>the IACHR's view on the subject. </span></p> <h4 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Eastern Europe</h4> <p>Our project supporting COs in Eastern Europe is developing and ongoing, but the web resource for refusers in Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania has been delayed. The website will be launched later this year. In March of this year, it was announced that the conscription that had been reintroduced in Lithuania in 2015, initially for five years, was to become permanent.</p> <h4>Rwanda</h4> <p><span>Since December 2014 a Rwandan activist has been interviewing Rwandan ex-combatants in diaspora, with the intention of producing a report focusing on barriers to leaving the armed forces. </span><span>The first results of this research will be ready to be published this year. The first-hand </span><span>testimonies</span><span> </span><span>are from </span><span>soldiers who </span><span>faced problems leaving the army.</span></p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">As well as raising awareness, this report could be used for advocacy with the Rwandan government, through partners.</p> <h4 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Thailand</h4> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">There is no alternative service or CO recognition in Thailand. In 2015 a CO <a href="/en/node/23543">publicly declared his refusal</a>; he is yet to be called up. From WRI, Hannah, along with COs in Korea Jungmin Choi and Yong-suk Lee, will visit Thailand in November 2016. We will learn more about the situation.</p> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">We also hope to meet with the <a href="http://www.thaitga.com/">Thai Transgender Alliance</a>, who are working to protect transwomen who are called up to military service in Thailand, as well as other peace campaigners, and other nonviolence practitioners in Thailand.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3395_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3395_735784400"></a> CONCODOC</h3> <p><span>We are excited about the relaunching of the WRI website in autumn 2016. Improved presentation and accessibility of the site will make it easier to subscribe to email lists on CO news and action, follow WRI on social media, and access our resources. </span><span>Following our agreement last year with the International Fellowship of Reconciliation to use their Universal Periodic Review reports to update</span><span> WRI's Conscription and Conscientious Objection Documentation (</span><a href="/en/co/rtba/index.html">CONCODOC</a><span>),</span><span> we have already updated </span><span><a href="/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Austria" target="_blank"><span>Austria</span></a></span><span>, </span><span><a href="/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Kyrgyzstan" target="_blank"><span>Kyrgyzstan</span></a></span><span> and </span><span><a href="/programmes/world_survey/country_report/en/Singapore" target="_blank"><span>Singapore</span></a></span><span>, </span><span>and will continue to update others on a rolling basis.</span><span> </span><span>On our new website, CONCODOC will be more interactive, with colour-coded mapping and clearer links to CO groups in-country.</span></p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3397_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3397_735784400"></a> <span>Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements</span></h3> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="57712898-e499-4a14-96d0-f68066c52647" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/images/CO%20movement%20handbook%20cover%20final_outlined.home.png?itok=WxehHhLR 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/images/CO%20movement%20handbook%20cover%20final_outlined.home.png?itok=Wt-dcSQ3" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p><a href="/pubs/CObook">Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements</a><span> </span><span>was published in October 2016. It includes contributions by activists from many different movements and countries across the WRI network. </span><span>It is available for </span><a href="/en/cobook-online">free online</a><span>, as well as being on sale in our </span><a href="/pubs/CObook">webshop</a><span>.</span> </p> <p><span>The book articulates different CO strategies and motivations, with gender and militarism as a main theme. </span>Through a crowdfunding campaign, we were able to send books for free to many COs around the world. We have had very positive feedback from many activist readers, commenting on the breadth and depth of material, the intersectional understanding of the analysis, and the diversity of experiences explored.</p> <p><span>We are coordinating a Spanish</span><span> translation,</span><span>which will be published this year, and translations in Thai and Korea (through </span><a href="http://www.withoutwar.org/">World Without War</a><span>) will come out in 2017.</span></p> <p>If you are interested in arranging the translation of this resource into your own language, please write to <a href="mailto:hannah@wri-irg.org">hannah@wri-irg.org</a></p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3399_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3399_735784400"></a> <span>Events</span></h3> <h4><a name="__RefHeading__3401_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3401_735784400"></a> <span>Prisoners for Peace Day</span></h4> <p><a href="/campaigns/prisoners_for_peace">Prisoners for Peace Day</a> was marked on 1 December, with people all around writing to conscientious objectors and other nonviolent activists in prison. As usual, we produced a <a href="/inprison">Prisoners </a><a href="/inprison">for Peace list</a>, giving info and contact details on those imprisoned. This is a version of the Prisoners for Peace list, which is constantly updated, and kept on our website here: <a href="/inprison">/inprison</a></p> <p>We also sent out a paper version of this list, with the November funding appeal.</p> <p>This year Finnish CO Visa Savolainen wrote a blog post<sup><a href="#sdfootnote1sym" name="sdfootnote1anc" id="sdfootnote1anc"><sup>1</sup></a></sup> reflecting on the importance of receiving many cards of solidarity on Prisoners for Peace Day whilst he is under home detention in Finland. Read it here: <span><a href="/en/PfP-day-cards">/en/PfP-day-cards</a></span></p> <h4><span>International Conscientious Objectors Day</span></h4> <p>Since 1985, 15th May - <a href="/campaigns/co_day">International Conscientious Objection day</a> - has been used to celebrate those who have - and those who continue - to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military structures. In 2016 actions occurred in Germany, Republic of Korea, Britain, Turkey and Venezuela, amongst other places.</p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="18cfec5f-d552-4ef6-b3a3-a9294229438b" title="Photo: Oscar Murillo" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Photo%3A%20Oscar%20Murillo.home.jpg?itok=zd61mztf 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Photo%3A%20Oscar%20Murillo.home.jpg?itok=zd61mztf" alt="" title="Photo: Oscar Murillo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>The new <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SoyCivilNoMilitar&amp;src=tyah">#SoyCivilNoMilitar </a>campaign in Venezuela held an event at which 43 new people declared their conscientious objection to militarism! Find out more about the campaign from <a href="http://antimili-youth.net/sites/default/files/SoyCivilNoMilitar_0.pdf">their magazine</a>.</p> <p><span>In Turkey, the Conscientious Objection Association, </span><a href="http://vicdaniret.org/">Vicdani Ret</a><span>, worked with the Tahir Elçi City Forest Coordination to organisation a seminar and action in Amed (Diyarbikir), called "We Will Not Let Amed Turn Into Garrison Town". Four new conscientious objectors publicly declared their refusal, but the police prevented them from entering Tahir Elci city forest to plant trees as they had intended. Find the report </span><a href="/15-May-2016-Amed">here</a><span>, and </span><span>watch</span><span> the video </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05_NcFJFBmo"><span>here</span></a><span>!</span></p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f76e51d4-e70d-408a-817e-845ba84e817a" title="World Without War cycling action" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/26909475262_15612ae551_z.home.jpg?itok=7li2d7bL 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/26909475262_15612ae551_z.home.jpg?itok=7li2d7bL" alt="" title="World Without War cycling action" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p><a href="/en/nid%3D26465%7Ctitle%3DPhoto%3A%20Valerie%20Flessati%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3Dnone">World Without War</a> in Korea led a cycling action to highlight the 700+ Korean young men in prison for refusing military service.</p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0aa39550-df6f-46a2-85d2-6081bc709dc6" title="Photo: Tim Wallis" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/images/Timmon-Wallis-cropped.img_assist_custom-234x210.jpg?itok=XQdJmaMJ 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/images/Timmon-Wallis-cropped.img_assist_custom-234x210.jpg?itok=2PutRc4G" alt="" title="Photo: Tim Wallis" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>Groups in Germany and Britain held local events to raise awareness of the experience of conscientious objectors, both in the past and today. In two British cities - Leicester and Carlisle - two new stones were laid to remember conscientious objectors.</p> <p>In a neat bit of guerilla street art in London, activists from the <a href="https://hfwwpf.wordpress.com/">Haringey First World War Peace Forum </a>placed info posters on streets where COs lived in the first world war. 350 of 20,000 British conscientious objectors lived in north London.</p> <p>Many others supported on social media, using the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coday?f=tweets&amp;vertical=default&amp;src=hash">#COday</a> hashtag. See more photos of different actions <a href="http://ebco-beoc.org/">here</a>.</p> <h3 lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">Publications</h3> <p>The <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/pubs/co-update.htm">CO-Update</a> newsletter is being published every two or three months. It remains the only wholly international newsletter on conscientious objection to military service and military recruitment that covers different motivations.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/programmes/co_alerts">CO-Alert</a> system is still active, but is being used slightly less frequently than in previous years, partly because of changes in certain states which mean COs are less likely to be imprisoned.</p> <p>Israeli CO Tair Kaminer told us that receiving tens of messages whilst in prison was an enormous help in continuing through the cycle of imprisonment, release and repeated call up in Israel. We had distributed Tair's contact information in a CO Alert, which had prompted supporters to write to her.</p> <h3 align="left"><a name="__RefHeading__3405_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3405_735784400"></a> Staffing</h3> <p>Hannah Brock works four days a week on the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. Semih Sapmaz also works freelance on the Right to Refuse to Kill programme.</p> <h3 align="left"><a name="__RefHeading__3407_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3407_735784400"></a> RRTK programme committee</h3> <p>The Right to Refuse to Kill programme committee continues to be in regular contact.</p> <p>The RRTK committee currently consists of Merve Arkun (Vicdani Ret Derneği – the Association of Conscientious Objectors in Turkey), Rachel Brett (Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva), Igor Seke (from Serbia, now living in Mexico), with Sergeiy Sandler (New Profile, Israel) convening the committee, and Hannah Brock and Semih Sapmaz working on the RRTK programme.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3409_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3409_735784400"></a> Funding</h3> <p>We are grateful for the continued support of the <a href="http://www.jrct.org.uk/">Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust</a>. This year our grant was renewed, so we can expect funding for the programme from that trust until April 2020. We seek funding for specific projects on top of this main grant.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3411_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3411_735784400"></a> Evaluation</h3> <p><a name="__RefHeading__2122_1492043920" id="__RefHeading__2122_1492043920"></a> Achievements</p> <ul> <li> <p>We continue to make contact with new conscientious objectors in different countries. Many of them find us, through our website or through word of mouth.</p> </li> <li> <p>International CO day this year had more interest than in many years. It continues to be a useful day for campaigners to raise awareness of conscientious objection today.</p> </li> <li> <p>Networking: we share information and contacts with other international groups supporting COs, including <a href="http://www.forum18.org/">Forum 18</a>, the <a href="http://www.quno.org/">Quaker United Nations Office</a>, <a href="http://www.connection-ev.de/">Connection e.V.</a>, and the <a href="http://www.ebco-beoc.org/">European Bureau for Conscientious Objection</a>, amongst others. In this way, we benefit from the work of expertise of others, and vice versa.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Challenges</p> <ul> <li> <p>Interest in our public work, e.g. subscriptions to the <a href="/en/pubs/co-update.htm">CO Update</a> and <a href="/en/programmes/co_alerts">CO-Alerts</a>, has remained at a similar level for a number of years. We hope that with improved social media reach, and through our new website, we will be able to get more people involved. This will make WRI's solidarity work for COs more effective.</p> </li> <li> <p>With more capacity in the office, we could do more work to support COs! One full time role means that we are limited in the country movements we can work with and support we can give. This has been an ongoing challenge since the programme started.</p> </li> </ul> <h1><a name="__RefHeading__3417_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3417_735784400"></a> WRI in the regions</h1> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__3419_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3419_735784400"></a> Pan African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network (PANPEN)</h2> <p>Over the past year, many PANPEN-related activities have taken place which involved one or more members of the Network while not necessarily being direct Network projects. The following is a brief review of such PANPEN-related projects which have involved PANPEN members and/or grown out of PANPEN discussions:</p> <p>a. A new book, Satyagraha/Ujamma: Connecting Contemporary African-Asia Peacemaking and Nonviolence is due out in early 2017, edited by Matt Meyer and Gandhian scholar Vidya Jain and containing several essays by PANPEN and WRI members. Growing out of a PANPEN-supported conference of the Africa Peace Research and Education Association conference held in 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria, the new book features PANPEN members Yash Tandon (whose essay specifically focuses on the development of PANPEN and our Cape Town meetings), Moses Monday John (writing on developments in Southern Sudan), Ousseina Alidou (writing, with Matt Meyer, on revolution and nonviolence), Bernadette Muthien, Patrick Bond, Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, and a reprinting of the Eco-socialist Horizons call to action which was debuted and discussed in Cape Town at the WRI and PANPEN meetings. In addition, long-time WRI members and friends Michael Mazgoankar and Rajiv Vora are featured in the book, which contains an introductory poem by Dream-wolf which also served to introduce our Cape Town conference.</p> <p>b. Matt Meyer continues to serve as a liaison with other African peace studies and peace research groups, especially in the orbit of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). IPRA’s next major conference is being held in Freetown, Sierra Leone in late November 2016, under the leadership of PANPEN colleague and IPRA Secretary-General Ibrahim Seaga Shaw. One link in this network, which will be spotlighted in Sierra Leone but will also be useful in our future work, is with Cyril Obi, coordinator of the Africa Peacebuilding Network (APN) – founded approximately the same time as PANPEN and with more of an academic focus, funded as part of the US-based Social Science Research Council.</p> <p>c. Eritrean organizer Selam Kidane, leader of the Freedom Fridays/Arbi Harnet organization which brings together activists inside the country, those in the Diaspora, and non-Eritrean supporters, helped conduct an international retreat and strategy session in June 2016. This retreat was a direct result of conversations and planned made at the Cape Town conference. PANPEN member Kassahun Checole presented at the session, as did Matt Meyer; WRI members and supporters of PANPEN Stellan Vinthagen and Andrew Day were also deeply involved in the retreat.</p> <p>d. PANPEN member Steve Sharra of Malawi helped found and continues to coordinate the Pan African Educator’s Forum, an on-line exchange on education at all levels, both from and effecting African students, youth, and teachers. A number of PANPEN members are subscribers and contributors to the Forum.</p> <p>e. PANPEN members Sixte Vigny Nimuraba and Elavie Ndura of Burundi continue to develop the Burundian Education Project and additional related grassroots nonviolence work in Burundi. As appropriate and needed, they continue to inform and involve other members of the PANPEN network regarding events in their country and the Great Lakes region.</p> <p>f. PANPEN colleague and WRI affiliate Alain Ah-vee of LALIT in Mauritius just helped coordinate a September 2016 international solidarity conference on the issue of continued US occupation of Diego Garcia, displacing the native population and militarizing East Africa and the Pacific Ocean with nuclear weapons and conventional warfare. Other WRI affiliates and PANPEN supporters were in attendance at the conference, including WRL Clare Bayard from California.</p> <p>g. PANPEN colleague Stephen Zunes, Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), provided special testimony to the United Nations Committee on Decolonization, on the case of Western Sahara. The testimony can be found on the website of the Sahara Press Service, here: <a href="http://www.spsrasd.info/news/en/dossier/stephen-zunes-testimony-conference-decolonization">http://www.spsrasd.info/news/en/dossier/stephen-zunes-testimony-conference-decolonization</a></p> <p>h. Additional liaison work with related global associations have come in various forms. PANPEN members Elavie Ndura and Matt Meyer presented, along with ICNC’s Senior Director for Education Maciej Barkowski, at a Washington DC-based panel on “MLK’s Path to Peace: Reclaiming and Renewing Nonviolent Responses to ‘Global Crisis’” (see <a href="http://www.usip.org/events/dr-martin-luther-king-s-path-peace">http://www.usip.org/events/dr-martin-luther-king-s-path-peace</a>). Meyer has also remained in contact with International Fellowship of Reconciliation coordinator Lucas Johnson regarding their Africa-based work, and with Mubarak Awad and Michael Beer of Nonviolence International (presenting on Africa at a special luncheon meeting), about the possibility of collaboration with PANPEN on various grassroots nonviolence trainings, including with activists from Congo-Brazzaville, Ethiopia, and elsewhere.</p> <p>i. Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge of Embrace Dignity (<a href="http://www.embracedignity.org.za">www.embracedignity.org.za</a>) was invited to address a conference at the University of Cartagena, Colombia to share the experience of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy and to highlight the important role of academics in the Colombian peace process. This was two weeks prior to the public signing of the peace accords in Cartagena on 26 September 2016. The invitation for Nozizwe was facilitated by a local organisation, SembrandoPaz (<a href="http://www.sembrandopaz.org/">http://www.sembrandopaz.org/</a>) an organisation that promotes justice, peace and works on the ground with peasants, youth and women.</p> <p>In summary, though not always assertive as a consolidated Network per se, PANPEN has remained linked to many struggles in every region of the continent, through its many partners, supporters, friends, and members. It is our hope and expectation that, in the near future, further consolidation and growth can take place, as we prepare for additional face-to-face meetings of the Network as a whole. We appreciate the interest and support from WRI and despite challenges, our work continues to grow and is being recognized not only in Africa but globally.</p> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__1974_364463480" id="__RefHeading__1974_364463480"></a> Latin American and Caribbean Antimilitarist Network (RAMALC, in Spanish)</h2> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cd17eafd-0db5-4f6f-b15b-d0d3ae56c4c3" title="RAMALC meeting in Mexico" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/6_0.home.jpg?itok=FWwNUuRz 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/6_0.home.jpg?itok=FWwNUuRz" alt="" title="RAMALC meeting in Mexico" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>This last year marked a turning point for the RAMALC network. After many years of loose collaboration mostly manifested in joint statements and the use of a list serve to share information among RAMALC's members, the network was consolidated by three main activities: (1) a regional gathering in Mexico on the theme of nonviolent strategies, fear, protection and communication. (2) Publication of the first issue of RAMALC's magazine “<span><a href="http://ramalc.org/revista-rompiendo-filas/">Rompiendo Filas</a></span>” (Breaking Ranks). (3) Launch of the website <span><a href="http://ramalc.org/">http://ramalc.org</a></span>. During this period of time another important development was the incorporation to the network of a member from Cuba helping expand the network to more countries in the region.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 100%;"> </p> <h3>Annual regional gathering</h3> <p>As a response to the extreme violence and the high repression of social movements across the region, RAMALC members agreed that it was important to hold a training where we could look at the role that a nonviolent and antimilitarist approach can have in the region and in particular in cases of high levels of violence such as in Mexico. Looking at nonviolent strategies in these contexts as well as sharing tools, skills and experiences on how to work with fear and protection and taking action in solidarity with local struggles were the main goals of the gathering.</p> <p>Mexico City was the location set for the RAMALC regional training. The event was co-organised together with SERAPAZ and hosted by the Museo de la Memoria Indómita as well as the Huitzizilapan and Xochicuautla communities resisting a motorway that will destroy their forest and hugely impact their livelihoods. Mexican organisations that facilitated sessions during the training were Serpaj (nonviolent strategies), Peace Brigades International (protection) and ALUNA (fear). On the last day RAMALC joined the march in commemoration of the first anniversary of the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students. The gathering also came up with statements in support of Huitzizilapana and Xochicuautla and one in support of <span><a href="http://ramalc.org/2016/03/06/declaracion-de-la-ramalc-en-solidaridad-con-ayotzinapa-y-todos-las-y-los-desaparecidos-de-mexico/"><span>Ayotzinapa</span></a></span> and all disappeared in Mexico.</p> <p>Currently RAMALC is planning its next annual regional gathering, which will take place in Asunción, Paraguay under the theme of nonviolent strategies to counter the militarisation of bodies and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean. This gathering will continue to strengthen the network with the specific goal to get new members from the Southern Cone of</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 100%;"> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f64de883-d8af-418c-8936-fb33e203d756" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/RAMALC_0.img_assist_custom-401x226.jpg?itok=vSok4PQL 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/RAMALC_0.img_assist_custom-401x226.jpg?itok=vSok4PQL" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>Latin America.</p> <h4><a href="http://issuu.com/rafaelleonardouzcategui/docs/ramalc_hd/1?e=4558201/34091294">Rompiendo Filas</a></h4> <p>This year saw the launch of the first issue of <span><a href="http://ramalc.org/revista-rompiendo-filas/"><span>Rompiendo Filas</span></a></span> the magazine of RAMALC. After several attempts to come up with a publication of the network we came up with a magazine. This first issue had a wide selection of themes and texts formats including stories, essays, interviews etc. Rompiendo Filas provides a voice to the network and a place to engage in a dialogue about nonviolence and antimilitarism in the region, filling and important gap within social movement publications. This issue was available as a pdf and was launch in several countries where there are members. Currently the network is working on its second issue which will focus on militarisation of bodies and territories to be ready for the Paraguay gathering.</p> <h4><a href="http://ramalc.org/">Ramalc.org  </a></h4> <p>Finally the network has a website <span><a href="http://ramalc.org/"><span>http://ramalc.org</span></a></span> where members can upload new content and where you can download Rompiendo Filas. The site is still a work in progress and we hope it will help to bring more visibility to the network and become a place for people from outside the networ to learn about the network´s activities. If you go to the site you will also find videos and radio recordings. The plan is to slowly increase to number of postings in the site, so keep an eye on it.</p> <h4>Representation</h4> <p>Members of RAMALC continue to be represented at WRI events. Lexys Rendon from Venezuela was present at the South Korea Council where she gave a presentation on the impact of extractive industries to the livelihoods of local communities in Latin America. Lexys as well as Igor Seke are members of the WRI Council.</p> <p>Hopefully by having a stronger RAMALC there will be more opportunities for collaboration with WRI members in other regions.</p> <h2><span>The East-Mediterranean regional network</span></h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">In the recent months, the Eastern-Mediterranean network has regained some energy.</p> <p>In March, the network released <a href="/en/statement-of-Eastern-Med-COs">a joint statement</a>, criticising the militarised responses to crises in the area, and supporting imprisoned COs.</p> <p>In addition, the email list has been actively used to update on persecution of COs, and campaigns. These updates were also used for calls for solidarity, and were met with active participation.</p> <p>One example is the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mesarvot/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1094055287341583">#refuse2occupy campaign</a>, started by Mesarvot ad a social media campaign in support of Israeli COs, and expanded by the network to include a solidarity vigil in Athens, and a planned press conference in Cyprus (happily cancelled thanks to the release of Tair Kaminer).</p> <p>Around the military coup in Turkey, updates and <a href="http://divergences2.divergences.be/spip.php?article1340">statements</a> sent on the network were especially valuable as a reliably source of information, and a radical anti-militarist analysis.</p> <h2>European Antimilitarist Network</h2> <h4>No to NATO</h4> <p>In October 2015, activists from <a href="http://tridentploughshares.org/">Trident Ploughshares</a> in Britain and <a href="http://ofog.org/">ofog</a> in Sweden travelled to the south of Spain at the invitation of <a href="http://www.antimilitaristas.org/">AA.MOC</a> to take part in actions against Trident Juncture, NATO's military exercises that took place across Italy, Portugal and the state of Spain. Trident Juncture was billed as the “largest exercise of NATO since the end of the Cold War”<a href="#sdfootnote1sym" name="sdfootnote1anc" id="sdfootnote1anc"><sup>1</sup></a>. Read a report by Angie Zelter <a href="/en/Trident-Juncture-report">here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="827697e0-d331-4c58-a781-6c11db111c02" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/images/7_0.home.jpg?itok=Y7CnDs8G 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/images/7_0.home.jpg?itok=qDpVI7Bw" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>Earlier in the month, a group of <a href="http://mocvalencia.org/es">Antimilitaristes-moc</a> activists blockaded tanks destined for usage in the <a href="/node/24979">Trident Juncture</a>. Two activists unveiled banners with the words “<a href="/taxonomy/term/444">War Stops Here</a>” and “Sorry for the inconvenience: obstructing war preparations”, four more activists rapidly chained themselves with lock-on tubes to the tracks of two Danish Leopard tanks parked due to be transported to the main manoeuvre site of San Gregorio (Zaragoza). Six people were arrested and released later with charges.</p> <h4>Burghfield in June</h4> <p>In June 2016 activists from <a href="http://www.akl-web.fi/">AKL</a> and Women for Peace from Finland, <a href="http://agirpourlapaix.be/">Agir Pour La Paix</a> from Belgium and <a href="https://www.dfg-vk.de/">DFG-VK</a> frpm Germany (members of <a href="http://ofog.org/">ofog</a> in Sweden were supposed to come, but were prevented) travelled to Burghfield, a nuclear weapons factory in southern England, to take part in a month of action called by <a href="http://tridentploughshares.org/">Trident Ploughshares.</a></p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="59b6aa2c-1161-4ed3-b4e3-5a84bca8a663" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Burghfield.home.jpg?itok=uWRRWLMy 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Burghfield.home.jpg?itok=uWRRWLMy" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>A blockade began on 6 June, and incredibly was still in place at the end of the following week. Three people from Finland were arrested, and having not attended a court hearing the following month, a warrant is out for their arrest when they return to Britain.</p> <p>Other actions later in the month kept disruption up at Burghfield for the whole month of action – watch a video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI7BCCxto3Y">here</a>.</p> <p>The network is looking at ways to communicate more regularly, and take part in each others' actions effectively. We are looking at bringing in more groups from different countries in Europe, and look forward to joining actions against war together in future!</p> <p>Many members of the network continue to use the slogan <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/444">War Starts Here</a>, and other antimilitarist groups outside the network also use it.</p> <h4>COP21</h4> <p>Though not a full network event, several members of WRI affiliates from Europe were present at the mobilisation around the COP21 climate change negotiations, held in Paris in December 2015.</p> <h4>ENAAT</h4> <p>The annual European Network Against the Arms Trade meeting was held in London, in July 2016. Andrew Dey from the WRI staff participated, as did several affiliates from Belgium, Germany, UK, and Switzerland. ENAAT has had funding for a staff member this year, which allowed them to work more collaboratively, specifically on shifts within the EU on funding for research by the arms trade.</p> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__3427_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3427_735784400"></a> WRI in East, South and South East Asia</h2> <p>In October last year there was a WRI Council meeting in Seoul, Korea alongside the Stopping the War Business international seminar and action which was co-hosted by the South Korean affiliate World Without War (WWW). Krishnakant Chauhan from India and Subhash Kattel from Nepal were present, and Subhash co-facilitated a workshop on constructive program at the international seminar. During the Council meeting two new affiliates from Nepal, Community Self-Reliance Centre (CSRC), National Land Rights Forum (NLRF), were approved. Work with Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, new Thai conscientious objector, who is part of a group called 'New Thai People' is also ongoing. The WRI London office and WWW from Korea (who are the closest neighbour in WRI network) will visit this group in the middle of November and discuss how we keep solidarity and support each other. We are very much looking forward to meet them and hope this will be a good chance to widen our circle especially in Asia region and work closely each other.</p> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__3429_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3429_735784400"></a>WRI in Oceania and Australia</h2> <p lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB">WRI has an affiliate in Australia, and an individual member in West Papua. An article was submitted to the second edition of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns about the ongoing nonviolent resistance to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua. Through the war profiteers initiative we have also made contact with a group in Australia, and in New Zealand. Both groups are resisting arms trade events in their local towns, and featured at various points in War Profiteers News.</p> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__5924_735784400" id="__RefHeading__5924_735784400"></a> WRI in North America</h2> <p>A report from WRI in North America will be sent separetely.</p> <h1>Publications</h1> <p>All of WRI's publications are available on our website.</p> <p>We have written a simple 'writing guide' for the website, to encourage people to consider submitting ideas for stories to our publications. It is available here: <a href="/en/Writing-for-WRI">/en/Writing-for-WRI</a> (<a href="/en/node/26482">German</a>, <a href="/es/Escribir_para_IRG">Spanish</a>, <a href="/fr/node/26671">French</a>)</p> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__3433_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3433_735784400"></a> Series Publications</h2> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3435_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3435_735784400"></a> The Broken Rifle</h3> <p>The Broken Rifle is WRI's main newsletter, and is published in English, Spanish, German and French. It is published online, usually with a downloadable pdf version available, and sent out as an email newsletter.</p> <p>Staff often use The Broken Rifle when travelling and attending events. We use Issuu to publish the PDF 'magazine' version of the Broken Rifle, which makes it much easier to read on tablets, laptops, and e-readers, and to embed on the website. You can sign up for free, as well as read past issues in all four published languages, here: <a href="https://issuu.com/warresistersint">https://issuu.com/warresistersint</a></p> <p>Since August 2015, the following issues have been published:</p> <ul> <li> <p>December 2015: Stopping the War Business</p> </li> <li> <p>May 2016: Antimilitarism and Climate Change</p> </li> </ul> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3437_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3437_735784400"></a> War Resisters' Stories</h3> <p>War Resisters' Stories is a short monthly bulletin of news from the WRI network. Each month it contains five stories, both from the office and from the WRI network. It is designed to give people highlights of recent activities, as well as direct them towards upcoming events, in a brief and engaging way.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3439_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3439_735784400"></a> CO-Update</h3> <p>The CO-Update, produced in English, is the eNewsletter of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. Since summer 2012 it has been produced bimonthly. It contains updates on conscientious objection and conscription around the world, as well as news of RRTK activity.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3441_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3441_735784400"></a> CO-Alert</h3> <p>WRI launched this email-based system for alerting subscribers to the imprisonment or other difficulties faced by conscientious objectors in July 2001. Since then, hundreds of CO-Alerts have been distributed. The CO-Alert system has been integrated into WRI's conscientious objection database, and is now managed entirely through the WRI website. CO-alert is an English-only email list, although some alerts are also available in other languages on the WRI website. Please encourage as many people to join this list as possible: <a href="http://lists.wri-irg.org/sympa/info/co-alert">http://lists.wri-irg.org/sympa/info/co-alert</a></p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3443_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3443_735784400"></a> War Profiteers News</h3> <p>The email newsletter War Profiteers News is published in English and Spanish, usually bimonthly. It has been an important tool to provide information on matters related to war profiteering to a wide range of groups and activists, and facilitates networking of groups working on war profiteers.</p> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__3445_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3445_735784400"></a> Social media</h2> <p>We continue to develop our social media work. We aim to post on Facebook once a day, on Twitter as regularly as seems appropriate, and on other networks – like Diaspora – too. We have also tried to regularly repost and retweet content produced by groups affiliated to WRI.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3447_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3447_735784400"></a> Facebook</h3> <p>Find us here: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/116749965016853">http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/116749965016853</a>. We now have over 4,000 followers! Our most popular posts this year were about CO's in Israel, CO Day events in South Korea, and UK train drivers refusing to ship ammunition in preparation for the invasion of Iraq.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3449_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3449_735784400"></a> Twitter</h3> <p>You can find WRI at <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint">https://twitter.com/warresistersint</a>. We have over 3,400 followers. You can use this list to see twitter feeds from WRI's affiliates.</p> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__3451_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3451_735784400"></a> Books</h2> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3453_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3453_735784400"></a> Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</h3> <p>This year the work on translating the handbook has been a focus. Volunteers in Germany have almost completed the translation into German, and the Turkish translation is almost finished as well. Before his passing, Abraham was translating the second edition into Tigrinya, and his wife continues that work.</p> <p>The translation into French of the first edition has also been completed, and the design work is being done by WRI staff for distribution later in the year.</p> <h3><a name="__RefHeading__3455_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3455_735784400"></a> Conscientious Objection: a Practical Companion for movements</h3> <p>“Conscientious Objection: a Practical Companion for Movements” was published in October 2015, following a successful crowdfunder to raise the necessary funds. A Spanish translation is almost complete, and a Thai and Korean version will be published online (and in hard copy for the Korean version) next year.</p> <h2><a name="__RefHeading__3457_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3457_735784400"></a> Statements &amp; Press Releases</h2> <p>Since the last annual report, War Resisters' International has released one statement, <a href="/WRI-Statement-on-the-murder-of-Tahir-Elçi">condemning the murder of human rights lawyer Tahir </a><a href="/WRI-Statement-on-the-murder-of-Tahir-Elçi">Elçi</a>, in Turkey.</p> <h2>Campaign: Turkey - Stop the Cycle of Violence</h2> <p><span><span>In Spring 2016 War Resisters' International launched a new campaign focusing on the escalating cycle of violence in Turkey. The campaign, initiated in response to demands from WRI activists in Turkey, is coordinated with a group of WRI members based in both Europe and Turkey. The activities, run in collaboration with Connection e.V. from Germany, included a delegation visit to Southeast Turkey, a petition addressing the EU, and an advocacy trip to Europe by two human rights defenders from Turkey. WRI's currently working on new activities to take place in 2017 and continues its campaign to stop the cycle of violence in Turkey. </span></span></p> <h4>International delegation to Diyarbakır and Cizre</h4> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="af9dcd2d-96f4-4aeb-a991-bb8eca3d2bff" title="WRI Delegation Visiting Co-Mayor Gültan Kisanak in Diyarbakır" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/45-1.home.jpg?itok=H3UEIbDX 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/45-1.home.jpg?itok=H3UEIbDX" alt="" title="WRI Delegation Visiting Co-Mayor Gültan Kisanak in Diyarbakır" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p><span>As part of the campaign an international delegation of peace activists and human rights defenders visited </span><span><a href="/en/node/26485"><span>Southeast Turkey between 25-30 April 2016</span></a></span><span>. The group, which consisted of seven activists from Austria, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, visited Diyarbakir, Cizre and surrounding towns affected by the curfews and armed conflict that have been ongoing since August 2015. See the profiles of the delegation members </span><span><a href="/sites/default/files/public_files/WRI%20Delegation%20Report,%20June%202016.pdf#page=17"><span>here</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> <p><span>During their visit, the delegation met officials, including the Co-Mayor of Diyarbakir, and </span><span><span>had meetings with numerous civil society organizations</span></span><span> in the region. Following their visit, the delegation also issued a report from their observations, which can be accessed </span><span><a href="/en/node/26546"><span>here</span></a></span><span>. </span></p> <h3>Successful Advocacy Trip</h3> <p><span>In the second half of June, two representatives of Turkish human rights organisations - </span><span>Coşkun Üsterci, executive member of the Human Rights Foundation and </span><span>Gamze</span><span> Yalçın, executive member of the Human Rights Association - travelled to Geneva, Vienna, Brussels and Strasbourg. They me</span><span>t with high-level human ri</span><span>ghts experts from the United Nations, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Commission. Besides an exchange of information, they had concrete discussions about how Turkish human rights organisations could cooperate more closely with European institutions. </span></p> <h3>Appeals to the European Union and the German State</h3> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fa750ea0-cf97-4a06-a91c-b7e9012dea1b" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Tu%CC%88rkei_0.img_assist_custom-344x169_0.img_assist_custom-250x123.jpg?itok=9GDus7oj 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Tu%CC%88rkei_0.img_assist_custom-344x169_0.img_assist_custom-250x123.jpg?itok=9GDus7oj" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>In addition to organising delegation visits, War Resisters' International also launched an online petition addressing the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union. The petition, initiated in March 2016, was calling on the EU not to lose sight of the situation in Turkey, and to take action on the escalating violence in the country. With the recent developments and changing context in Turkey, the appeal was ended in September 2016 with more than 1400 signatures delivered to Mrs Mogherini's office.</p> <p><span>Together with the one addressing the EU, Connection e.V. and </span>Bund für Soziale Verteidigung, both from Germany, initiated another petition which was addressing the German State. In parallel with the international petition, it ended in September 2016 too.</p> <h3>Next Steps for Our Work in Turkey</h3> <p><span>War Resisters' International and some of its affiliates are planning new activities to take place in 2017. In mid-September, a small group of WRI members met with organisations in Turkey to discuss how best to support them in their courageous work in the current tense situation. In order to follow the updates please subscribe to the monthly WRI News writing to </span><span><a href="mailto:info@wri-irg.org"><span>info@wri-irg.org</span></a></span><span><span>.</span></span></p> <h1><a name="__RefHeading__4296_2105339437" id="__RefHeading__4296_2105339437"></a> Finances and fundraising</h1> <p>Since our last Council meeting in Seoul, WRI’s financial position has been more or less stable. We have had some successes in our fundraising effort, but their long-term implications are somewhat disappointing. We have more breathing space for now, but the future outlook is still worrying.</p> <p>WRI ended 2015 with a small surplus of £2,445, and the first half of 2016 with a surplus of £7,265.<a href="#sdfootnote1sym" name="sdfootnote1anc" id="sdfootnote1anc"><sup>1</sup></a> Our total available reserves now stand at about £81,000. A detailed breakdown of our income, expenditures, assets and liabilities, will be presented together with the draft budget for 2017 at the eCouncil.</p> <p>So far in 2016, we have had a few fundraising successes (alongside the usual share of failures). The Nonviolence Programme secured funding for several activities in 2016. Especially notable are a £9,000 grant we received from the Network for Social Change and a donation of approximately €4,500 we received in late 2015 from tax resistance money collected by antimilitarist activists in the Basque Country, and transferred to us by WRI affiliate KEM-MOC. Nevertheless, the funds raised for the programme’s work this year are still smaller than the programme’s annual expenditures, and the outlook for 2017 is, in fact, less optimistic than for the current year.</p> <p>We are currently applying for funding to the Network for Social Change for our Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme for 2017 (the Network for Social Change does not usually fund the same project two years in a row). On the other hand, no funding for the Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme has been secured for 2016, at least so far.</p> <p>Funding for WRI’s Right to Refuse to Kill Programme comes mainly from a grant by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT). We have been receiving this grant since 2001, and have just recently successfully renewed it for three more years (through early 2020). The significance of this grant for the work of the WRI office and its programmes is difficult to overstate. Beyond the its direct support for the Right to Refuse Programme, this grant allowed us to maintain a kernel of stability in our work more generally, at least safeguarding us against the possibility of sudden and total financial collapse. Moreover, our success in securing this funding for all that time is no accident. It has a lot to do with the fact that we genuinely share a political and ethical vision with the people in JRCT. And yet, the importance of this one grant for the financial stability—indeed survival—of our office and its programmes also demonstrates how fragile our position is. If, for whatever reason, we lose this one source of funding, our financial outlook will immediately turn extremely grim.</p> <p>All this goes to stress the crucial importance of the one source of income that lies entirely in our own hands—WRI affiliates and individual supporters, or, in other words, you. After all, the WRI office is an organ of the WRI network; it exists for you, and relies on you for its work and for the resources that make this work possible. This includes your direct financial contribution—affiliation fees and donations, but also your involvement as volunteers, and the information we all share among ourselves. Even if we manage to obtain all the monetary resources we need through grant funding—and that too will not be possible without a lot of knowledge and volunteer work that comes from the WRI network at large—our affiliates’ and individual donors’ financial support will always remain a crucially important safety net that allows us to maintain political independence from our funders and to explore and develop new directions in our work. The more support in money and work we receive from you, the more time and effort the WRI office can devote directly to doing our work, including sometimes unpopular, untrendy, work, reflecting the priorities we all, as an International, set for ourselves.</p> <h1><a name="__RefHeading__3466_735784400" id="__RefHeading__3466_735784400"></a> Outlook to the Coming Year</h1> <p>What's in the future for WRI? The affiliates and the office will continue their work around the world with building peace and resisting militarism in its various forms. To name a few things, the Nonviolence committee is working on a new book about constructive programmes, the Right to Refuse to Kill programme will work on conscientious objection in Thailand with a new contact there, and the Countering the Militarisation of Youth programme will coordinate a third week of action against the militarisation of youth this November. Also, the office will have a new peaceworker, Sarah Robinson, who will work in a project on police militarisation with WRI and Campaign Against the Arms Trade. WRI's affiliates will continue their important work of speaking out against war, supporting COs and countering recruitment, disrupting arms fairs and military bases, building nonviolent capacity, creating alternatives that are needed for building a safe and peaceful future.</p> <p>In our eCouncil in October we will be discussing next steps for WRI and among those the next International Assembly, which will take place in 2017 or 2018, possibly in Latin America. There also we will have elections for individually elected Council members. Have a think about whether you'd like to get involved in WRI's future work against war!</p> <div id="sdfootnote1"> <p><a href="#sdfootnote1anc" name="sdfootnote1sym" id="sdfootnote1sym">1</a>The 2016 figure is a bit misleading: it includes funds raised for the Nonviolence Programme’s work throughout the year, as well as a good number of individual donations that were in fact accumulated over several years, but (for technical reasons) only accounted for recently. 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--> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-office-report" hreflang="en">WRI Office 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11:43:49 +0000 HBrock 26793 at https://updates.wri-irg.org War Resisters' International Office and Executive Report August 2014 – September 2015 https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2015/war-resisters-international-office-and-executive-report-august-2014-september-2015?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--24984.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="24984" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * 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field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Since the historical conference in Cape Town in the summer of 2014, the WRI office and network have continued to do important work around the world, supporting Conscientious Objectors, taking action against military bases and arms production, countering military recruitment, resisting police militarisation, spreading the word about nonviolent resistance and creating networks to support each other and be stronger together. </p> <p>Read our annual report for August 2014 – September 2015 <a href="/annual-report-September-2015">here</a>.</p> <!--break--> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 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'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:41:27 +0000 HBrock 24984 at https://updates.wri-irg.org Report of the Office and Executive Committee to the International Assembly (Conference) on Activities in the years 2010–2014 https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/20102014Report?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--23237.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="23237" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 01 Jul 2014</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span>1. </span></span></span><span><span>Introduction</span></span></h2> <p><span>In this report, we present the work that War Resisters' International has been involved </span><span>in</span><span> since the international conference in January 2010 in India, and the challenges WRI faces. It describes the staffed programme</span><span>s</span><span>, the work in the regions and the work of the WRI bodies – executive and council. Last </span><span>but </span><span>not least, it deals with WRI’s finances – an issue of continued concern and worry.</span></p> <p><span>In the middle of the preparations for this year’s international conference in Cape Town, WRI chair Howard Clark unexpectedly passed away in November 2013. It was a shock and cause for distress for all his colleagues and friends, and the preparations for the conference have been overshadowed by his death. We are missing him, and will pay tribute to him and his service to WRI in Cape Town.</span></p> <p><span><span>The last four years have seen new challenges to peace and few developments that are cause for hope. As usual, the list of the first is longer than the second. The popular uprisings in North Africa while being an amazing expression of people power led to a few regime changes but also to new violence and new oppression – Libya, Egypt and the full-out war in Syria need to be mentioned here. The big international wars – camouflaged as “military interventions” – have changed at least in a superficial way their character. While there were two new such “interventions”, by France, on the African continent in Mali and Central African Republic, the larger number of international troops are being withdrawn this year from Afghanistan, and generally it seems that the big powers are reconsidering their strategy and prefer now to arm and train local forces rather than sending troops of their own. The “war on terror” with its use of drones for targeted killing of civilians continues, the use of torture is (</span></span><span><span><span><span><span>according to a recent report by Amnesty International</span></span></span></span></span><span><span>) on the rise on a world-wide scale, and climate change, economic crises and scarcity of resources add to a rather bleak outlook for the next decades. The recent crisis in Ukraine has had an impact which is still difficult to estimate on the relations between the US, Europa and Russia – many people fear a resumption of the East-West conflict, with a new arms race and a new Cold war in this part of the world. And also in Korea it seemed for a while that conflict in this remnant of the period of the bloc confrontation was renewed.</span></span></p> <p><span>In many parts of the world, the struggle for the right of conscientious objection has continued unabated – Latin America and South Korea are regions/countries where WRI affiliated groups have continued their work in this field, but unfortunately without major breakthroughs. A related, new, emerging topic for WRI has been Countering the Militarisation of Youth (with the unwieldy acronym CMOY). An international conference held in Germany in 2011 brought together (mostly European) groups to compare how governments are seeking to attract youth to join their professional armies, often starting with propaganda targeted </span><span>at</span><span> young children. </span></p> <p><span>The work of the WRI office on the Nonviolence Programme has progressed well over the past four years with several trainings for trainers taking place in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. The 'Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns' has been translated by affiliates to a number of languages, and a second, revised edition is being released this July. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>Affiliates of WRI are continuing to work in their various contexts and issues. The struggle against violence and war today takes many forms – from fighting extractive industries in India or Columbia over protesting new military bases as in South Korea or India or Germany, struggling against oppressive regimes like in West Papua or Egypt, work for CO like in Israel or Eritrea, protesting NATO and the war on terror like in Belgium or the USA, to work on nonviolence, dealing with the past and peacebuilding like in South Sudan, Macedonia or South Africa. There has been no common or joint campaign uniting many WRI affiliates in the last years, but there is certainly a growing awareness of the interdependency and the linkages between the different struggles world-wide. WRI is proud to serve as one vehicle to fill such linkages and connections between people and movements with life.</span></p> <h2><span>2. Nonviolence Programme</span></h2> <p><span><strong>Staff: Javier Gárate</strong></span></p> <p><span>The last four years have been a time of development and consolidation </span><span>for </span><span>the Nonviolence Programme. The two main areas – nonviolence resources and war profiteering – have continued to </span><span>be shaped by </span><span>needs expressed by the WRI network. Financially, the programme has not been able to transform its programmatic success in financial sustainability. This remains the biggest challenge for the continuation of the programme. </span></p> <h2><span><span>2. 1 </span></span><span><span>Nonviolence resources</span></span></h2> <p><span>The work on nonviolence resources continues to centre on providing nonviolence training and sharing of resources on nonviolence, mostly through the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns. </span></p> <p><span>Since the last quadrennial report, the main development regarding the programme work on training has been a clearer focus on the role and contribution that WRI can provide when it comes to training. This is to create the space and condition for trainers to meet and exchange their practices, learn from and support each other, and come up with new tools for training that work in different contexts.</span></p> <h2><span>2.2 Regional training exchanges</span></h2> <p><span>The main form such trainings have taken are through regional trainers gatherings. Since 2010 there have been regional trainers meetings organised by WRI in Africa, Europe and Latin America. In August 2012 - and as part of the build up to the 'Small Actions Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence' international conference - WRI helped to organise an African nonviolence trainers exchange, which was hosted by The Ceasefire Campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exchange brought together trainers in nonviolence and peacebuilding from more than twenty countries in the region. A direct outcome of the meeting was the founding of the African Nonviolence &amp; Peacebuilding Network. </span></p> <p><span>For many years WRI and Belgian affiliate Vredesactie had talked of having a European trainers gathering that could connect and support the work of the European Antimilitarist Network - but which could also help us to link up with other organisations in Europe working on grassroots training. The goal was to bring together trainers interested in exploring tools and techniques to help groups and campaigns be more strategic. Finally in 2012, WRI and Vredesactie decided to organise a trainers exchange in Belgium. For this we invited several organisations to also be part of organising the event, including European Youth for Action (EYFA), Turning the Tide (UK), SwedFor &amp; Ofog (Sweden), AA-MOC (Spain) and <span><span>Bewegungsakademie (Germany). Before the training there was a preparatory meeting hosted by Turning the Tide in London, which helped define the goals and process for the Belgium exchange. </span></span><span><span>The training </span></span><span><span>took place in Belgium in November 2012, with 40 trainers from across Europe coming together for a week long exchange. There have been several follow ups, including several meetings in the UK and Belgium of a small group working - particularly on the issue of personal skills for strategies. Another group that came out of the Belgium exchange - working on issues of anti</span></span><span><span>-</span></span><span><span>oppression and privilege - met in Berlin. There was no formal network formed at the 2012 exchange, but several sub groups continue to work together, also by using online tools </span></span><span><span>to share</span></span><span><span> training resources. There are plans to have a larger meeting in the near future, to bring together the different groups working on training. </span></span></span></p> <p><span>In 2014, WRI together with the Latin American Antimilitarist Network organised a Latin American training for trainers in Quito, Ecuador, which was hosted by Serpaj and Acción Ecológica. First it was conceived as a trainers exchange, but after discussions within the Latin America network, it was decided that a training for trainers made more sense, to share and empower members of the Latin America network to be able to give trainings in the groups they work. In Quito there were more than 30 participants from the region. The training strengthened the commitment of the network to using nonviolence as means for social change. During the training for trainers there was a public event on the topic of extractive industries and militarism. A direct follow up of the training for trainers was a joint action and statement for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.</span></p> <h2><span>2.3 Other trainings</span></h2> <p><span>The Nonviolence Programme has helped with trainings on nonviolent direct action at several European Antimilitarist Network actions, including the War Start Here action against NEAT in Sweden 2011, NATO Game Over in Belgium 2012, and actions against UK nuclear weapons in Aldermaston in 2010 and Burghfield in 2013.</span></p> <p><span>The programme also led trainings in nonviolent campaigns in the 2011; in Northern Ireland, hosted by WRI's affiliate INNATE, and in 2012 in Venezuela, hosted by Human Rights organisation PROVEA and the anarchist collective El Libertario. </span></p> <p><span>In 2012 the Nonviolence Programme in collaboration with Turning the Tide led a training for trainers in South Korea, which was hosted by WRI affiliate World Without War. The training was for activists campaigning against the construction of the naval base on Jeju Island and militarism in South Korea. Prior to the training, the group of participants met monthly to study WRI's Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns and after the training they have continue to meet as a trainers group, supporting each other to provide training to South Korean activists. </span></p> <p><span>Focusing on regional trainers exchanges and on training for trainers has given a clearer focus for the programme and helped prioritise where the programme can have more impact.</span></p> <h2><span>2.4 Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</span></h2> <p><span>Since its publication in 2009, WRI's handbook has been the main resource provided by the Nonviolence Programme. Since the last </span><span>quadrennial</span><span> report, we have printed 1,500 more copies of the handbook, and we received several more translations of it – the handbook has now been translated into ten languages. Since its publication there have been several efforts for reviewing the content of the handbook, the last one being at the 2013 WRI e-Council. The reviewing process </span><span>has </span><span>always </span><span>been with a view to </span><span>producing a second edition which would incorporate the comments of people who have used and translated the Handbook. Since September 2013, WRI has hosted a Q</span><span>uaker </span><span>P</span><span>eace and </span><span>S</span><span>ocial </span><span>W</span><span>itness</span><span> Peaceworker – Andrew Dey – who has coordinated the production of the second edition of the handbook. At the time of writing this report the final manuscript was being proof</span><span>-</span><span>read, and we are scheduled to go to press in early June.</span></p> <h2><span>2.4 Global initiative against war profiteering</span></h2> <p><span>In the past four years, WRI's work against war profiteering has gone through a process of evaluation and review of its priorities. The 2010 India conference had a strong war profiteering focus, as it looked at ways local communities resist the presence of corporations and the military impacting their livelihoods. This provided a basis for re-defining the emphasis with a stronger focus on resisting extractive industries and how they are fuelling local conflicts and the militarisation of local communities. </span></p> <p><span>In the past four years the main work of the initiative against war profiteering continues to be the publication of the by-monthly newsletter War Profiteers' News. The newsletter continues to report on actions against the arms trade and other forms of war profiteering. In the past years, several issues have also covered the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. </span></p> <h3><span>2.4a International seminar: war profiteering and peace movement responses</span></h3> <p><span>In 2011 - and as a direct follow up to the 2010 India conference - WRI partnered with the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) to organise an international seminar that brought together activists and campaigners against war profiteering. The seminar was hosted by Centre Delas and took place in Barcelona between 29 September - 2 October. Each day there was </span><span>a</span><span> more internal seminar, where the central aspect of the programme were three theme groups: new developments in war profiteering, exposing the bad guys and war, and the exploitation of natural resources. In the evenings there was a public event – Trobada - organised by Centre Delas, with up to 200 people attending, where participants of the seminar spoke about campaigning against war profiteering. </span></p> <p><span>The seminar brought together people from all continents and helped to strengthen the cooperation with ENAAT. The problem was that there was no clear goal for a follow up after the seminar. This has meant that there has been no direct follow up, as at the time it was unclear what direction WRI's work on war profiteering should take. </span></p> <p><span>The decision has now been taken to focus on extractive industries as a form of war profiteering: having a clearer goal should help future war profiteering work.</span></p> <h3><span>2.4b Global Day of Action on Military Spending</span></h3> <p><span>Already in its fourth year, the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), initiated by the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and now coordinated mostly by IPB, has been an important initiative that brings together groups and organisations working against military spending. Javier Gárate has been a member of the international steering committee since the first year of the day of action. WRI has promoted GDAMS within its network. For the past two years, a special effort was made for a joint Latin American action. In both years there has been a joint statement from the Latin American Antimilitarist Network, and in 2014 there was also a common action concept. Despite its small capacity, WRI has been able to support GDAMS and contribute to its success.</span></p> <p><span>In the last four years a lot has been achieved when it comes to campaigning against war profiteering: the international seminar being the major event and the newsletter the main resource provided by WRI. At times the work has lacked a clear direction. A clearer goal definition remains a challenge.</span></p> <h2><span>2.5 Finances</span></h2> <p><span>The Nonviolence Programme continues to be financially unsustainable. In the past four years the programme has organised many events and provided important resources. For all these project, fundraising was a major part of the project. They were all financed without using WRI reserves. However, the projects have not managed to raise funds for staff and office expenses, which are the main expense of the programme. This remains the biggest challenges of the programme, and as the general reserves of WRI have almost gone, it means that if we can not raise fund to cover staff costs in the next year, the programme will not be able to continue having a full time staff person.</span></p> <p><span>3. Right to Refuse to Kill programme (RRTK)</span></p> <p><span><strong>Staff: Andreas Speck, replaced by Hannah Brock from September 2012</strong></span></p> <p><span>The Right to Refuse to Kill programme continues in its work to provide solidarity to conscientious objector movements worldwide. Whilst this does includes using 'conventional' and legal tools to further recognition of conscientious objection, more important is the support for antimilitarist conscientious objector movements, whose work also challenges conscription. This includes counter-recruitment work, which in the last four years has developed into a more significant part of the RRTK work, and broaded its focus</span></p> <p><span>This section of the report is divided into projects and work with particular geographical-movements. </span></p> <h2><span>3.1 A Conscientious Objector’s Guide to International Human Rights System</span></h2> <p><span>A major project over recent years was A Conscientious Objector’s Guide to International Human Rights System.</span></p> <p><span>This guide to the international human rights system for COs was compiled by Andreas Speck, and completed in December 2012. The Centre for Civil and Political Rights, Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and Conscience and Peace Tax International partnered with WRI to bring this project to fruition.</span></p> <p><span><span>Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the guide was launched in May 2013 as a side-event to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The guide is available in Spanish and English; you can find the English version at </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://co-guide.info/">http://co-guide.info/</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>, and the Spanish version at </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://co-guide.org/es/">http://co-guide.org/es/</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>. We are grateful to Carlos Barranco for his prompt and high-quality translation work, to Geneva Quakers for their funding of this translation, and to </span></span><span><span><span><span>Netuxo</span></span></span></span><span><span> for developing such an accessible website. We hope that it will have a lasting impact on CO movements, and their ability to utilise international mechanisms.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The guide is designed to be used as a website: it's search function makes finding the mechanisms that are available for your country easy to find. However, you can also download it as a book (</span></span><span><span><span><span>pdf</span></span></span></span><span><span>) and for a donation the office can post out a printed copy, if access to the internet is a problem. Since the guide is updated regularly with new data, it is best to use the </span></span><span><span><span><span>website</span></span></span></span><span><span> if possible.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span>3.2 </span></span><span><span>Supporting CO movements</span></span></h2> <h3><span><strong><span><span>3.2</span></span><span><span>a </span></span>Colombia</strong></span></h3> <p><span><span>Andreas and Hannah travelled to Colombia in November 2012 to refresh connections with many groups in involved in ANOOC La Asamblea Nacional de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia (ANOOC), and plan future work (find a </span><span><span><span>trip report</span></span></span><span> here). </span></span></p> <p>WRI also made <span><span><span><span>a submission</span></span></span></span><span><span> to the Colombian government on the new law proposal in March 2013.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>O</span></span><span><span>ut of the 2012 visit came the relaunch of the carnet </span></span><span><span><em>objetor/a</em></span></span><span><span>. Local groups are now able to print their ow versions for each new CO (see </span></span><span><span><em>batidas</em></span></span><span><span> section </span></span><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span><span><span>). Also out of this visit came a proposal for a workshop for COs and lawyers in Colombia on using international, regional and national law and human rights mechanisms to protect themselves. This came to fruition in November 2013, where Hannah and Igor Seke from the RRTK committee also travelled to meet different CO groups across Colombia. See the trip report </span></span><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Future work planned out of this visit include WRI challenging </span></span><em><span><span>Defensorias</span></span></em><span><span> and </span></span><em><span><span>Personarias</span></span></em><span><span> in the Medellin region, asking firstly: What is done to stop impunity of those who undertake </span></span><em><span><span>batidas</span></span></em><span><span>? Because </span></span><em><span><span>batidas</span></span></em><span><span> are unconstitutional, WRI will ask where their activities can be reported. This will be an open (public) letter, and responses (including no response) can form part of a WRI's submission to UN HR Committee. Using one CO as a campaign focus, WRI also intends to launch an international campaign on discrimination against COs – working to allow those without the </span></span><span><span><em>libreta militar</em></span></span><span><span> to graduate. There should be time for this work after the South Africa International Conference.</span></span></p> <h3><span><strong><span><span>3.2</span></span><span><span>b </span></span>Eastern Mediterranean network of CO and war refuser groups</strong></span></h3> <p><span><span>In February 2012</span></span><span><span>a small meeting in Istanbul </span></span><span><span>was initiated, and</span></span><span><span> attended</span></span><span><span><span> by several Turkish CO activists </span></span></span><span><span><span>along with </span></span></span><span><span><span>Rudi Friedrich </span></span></span><span><span>from Connection e.V., </span></span><span><span><span>Rachel Brett</span></span></span><span><span> from QUNO, </span></span><span><span><span>Milena Bulum</span></span></span><span><span> from Amnesty International, </span></span><span><span><span>Andreas Speck </span></span></span><span><span>from WRI. Its objective was to improve coordination and to strengthen work for the right to conscientious objection in Turkey, following the European Court Bayatyan judgment mentioned above, and the subsequent judgments </span></span><span><span><span><span>Erçep v. Turkey</span></span></span></span><span><span>, 22 November 2011, and </span></span><span><span><span><span>Demirtaş v. Turkey</span></span></span></span><span><span>, 17 January 2012.</span></span></p> <p><span>One of the ideas that came out of the meeting was a networking event for conscientious objector groups in the Eastern Mediterranean region. After a planned meeting in Turkey in July 2013 was postponed, this conference finally took plane in Nicosia, Cyprus, at the end of January 2014.</span></p> <p><span><span>WRI were one of the organisers along with German-based </span></span><span><span><span><span>Connection e.V</span></span></span></span><span><span>, and activists from the region. The meeting was funded by the A J Muste Memorial Institute, American Friends Service Committee and Bewegungsstiftung.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>It was attended by activists from Orfud (Palestinian Druze in Israel), the </span></span><span><span><span><span>Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus</span></span></span></span><span><span>, the </span></span><span><span><span><span>Association of Greek COs</span></span></span></span><span><span>, the Jenin Creative and Cultural Centre (Palestine), </span></span><span><span><span><span>New Profile</span></span></span></span><span><span> (Israel), Amnesty International In Greece, </span></span><span><span><span><span>No to Compulsory Military Service</span></span></span></span><span><span> (Egypt) and others observers and representatives, mostly from northern Europe. </span></span><span><span>Travel restrictions against total objectors in Greece meant that two participants were held at the Greek boarder and could not join us – similarly, some Egyptian COs were unable to attend.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The meeting was an opportunity to hear about militarisation in each context, and what CO and war refuser movements are doing to challenge this. The group agreed to work together in future, holding a week of action and planning a joint blog. Read a report by Rudi Friedrich from Connection e.V. </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>, and a report from Ercan Jan Aktaş </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>here in Turkish</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span> (English translation </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>). More follow up needs to happen on this.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><strong><span><span>3.2</span></span><span><span>c </span></span>Egypt</strong></span></p> <p><span><em>CO-alerts</em></span><span> focused a lot on the case of </span><span><em>Maikel Nabil Sanad</em></span><span> from Egypt, who was imprisoned in February 2011 (charged with 'insulting the military') and went on hunger strike. Andreas made three visits to Egypt (one accompanied by</span><span><span> Igor Seke </span></span><span>of the RRTK committee) to provide support not only to Maikel (who he was not able to visit) but also to the local support group. The political situation in Egypt – which worsened after summer 2011 – did not help. WRI staff strongly questioned Maikel's course of action, but this was hard to discuss as his imprisonment prevented effective communication. Therefore, the support work for Maikel was politically and emotionally challenging. In January 2012, as a gesture on the anniversary of the occupation of Tahrir Square, Maikel was finally amnestied, along with many others.</span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Egyptian group that Maikel founded, </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>No to Compulsory Military Service</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>, affiliated to WRI at the 2013 Council, and attended the Eastern Mediterranean network meeting in Cyprus in 2014.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><strong><span><span>3.2</span></span><span><span>d </span></span>Greece</strong></span></p> <p><span><span>Persecution of COs in Greece has sharply increased since the start of 2013. We have been keeping in close contact with COs in Greece, particularly through the </span></span><span><span><span><span>Association for Greek Conscientious Objectors</span></span></span></span><span><span>, and raising awareness of their situation, </span></span><span><span>numerous CO alerts,</span></span><span><span> an article in </span></span><span><span><span><span>The Broken Rifle</span></span></span></span><span><span>, and </span></span><span><span><span><span>a statement</span></span></span></span><span><span> alongside the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and Amnesty International in Greece. Their ‘Open letter’ (a call for international support) was distributed by the office </span></span><span><span>in </span></span><span><span>July 2013.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>In May 2014, Rafael Sainz de Rozas Bedialauneta travelled from the Basque Country to represent WRI as a witness at the trial of </span></span><span><span><span><span>Dimitris Sotiropulos</span></span></span></span><span><span>, along with other witneses from the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus. Dimitris was given a suspended sentence.</span></span></p> <p><span><strong><span><span>3.2</span></span><span><span>e </span></span>South Korea</strong></span></p> <p><span>In March 2012, Andreas travelled to South Korea to assist the Korean CO movement in developing strategy following the South Korean constitutional court's rejection of the right to CO, leading Movement Action Plan (MAP) training.</span></p> <p><span><strong><span><span>3.2</span></span><span><span>f </span></span>Eritrea</strong></span></p> <p>Following on from work with Eritrean Diaspora groups in the previous four year, WRI were invited to attend a meeting convened by the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea in South Africa in November 2013. His contribution focused on the experience of COs and desters, and the more general experience of military service in Eritrea – and her subsequent report to the UN focused on militarisation in Eritrea, citing indefinite conscription as the main thing driving Eritreans to leave Eritrea. Opportunities to work with Eritrean Diaspora groups – including the recent Stop National Service Slavery in Eritrea Campaign s<span>hould be taken up in the next four years.</span></p> <h2><span>3.3 Countering the Militarisation of Youth</span></h2> <p><span>The Countering the Militarisation of Youth (CMOY) project has been a big new focus over the last years.</span></p> <p><span><span>The work on counter-recruitment has been expanded under the title Countering the Militarisation of Youth, and from 8-10 June 2012 the first major international conference took place in Darmstadt, Germany, with 65 participants from 14 countries. In preparation, a </span></span><a href="/militarisationofyouth/DarmstadtReader">reader</a><span><span> was </span></span><span><span>compiled, </span></span><span><span>plus </span></span><a href="/epublish/21/485">an edition</a><span><span> of The Broken Rifle. This conference was a major step forward in the development of WRI's work on countering the militarisation of youth, and in building new networks.</span></span></p> <p><span>Between September 2012 and August 2013, the CMOY work was the focus of the one-year Quaker Peace and Social Witness Peaceworker Owen Everett, working 2.5 days/week. </span></p> <p><span><span>In November 2012 it was decided that the documentation of the June conference in Darmstadt should be a book of articles by various people in the WRI network, based on the themes of the conference but of interest to those who didn't attend. The book was published in English in June 2013, called </span></span><span><span><span><span>Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It</span></span></span></span><span><span>. The German and Spanish versions of this book should be published late 2014, or early 2015. The book includes extracts from transcripts of interviews filmed at Darmstadt, and findings from a survey begun at Darmstadt. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>A film of selected sections of the video interviews is being made by Oskar Castro, and the full survey data, along with extensive analysis of it, has been uploaded onto the WRI website: </span><span><span><span>wri-irg.org/surveydata</span></span></span><span>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>A smaller piece of work was coordinating of an International Day of Action for Military-Free Education and Research, which took place on 14 June. This was inspired by a week of action on this theme in Germany in September 2012. Groups, organisations, and individuals from seven different countries took part. Find a report of the day </span></span><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The next main development of the CMOY project has been through an internship, funded as part of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust's grant, undertaken by Gary Ghirardi, an acitivist with the </span></span><span><span><span><span>National Network Opposing the Miltiarisation of Youth</span></span></span></span><span><span> in the USA, living in Venezuela. Gary worked on the development of a web resource specifically on militarisation of youth internationally, and profiling organisations and campaigns that are working to resist this. The idea of the site is to help the nascent network active on these issues to share ideas and tactics, as well as to communicate with the general public. The site will be launched in Ju</span></span><span><span>ly</span></span><span><span> 2014, and is being developed by </span></span><span><span><span><span>Netuxo</span></span></span></span><span><span>. The site was made possible by WRI's first use of crowdfunding. We used the indiegogo platform to </span></span><span><span><span><span>raise over £1200</span></span></span></span><span><span> needed to pay for the site's development.</span></span></p> <p><span>Finally, we are glad to say that we have raised funds to employ a part-time worker for one year, specifically on the CMOY work, starting from January 2015, as part of our grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Recruitment for this post will start at the end of 2014.</span></p> <h2><span>3.4 International and human rights institutions </span></h2> <p><span><span>On 7 July 2011, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights gave its judgement in the case of </span></span><span><span><span><span>Bayatyan v Armenia</span></span></span></span><span><span>. The court finally recognised the right to conscientious objection (see </span></span><a href="/node/13271"><span><span><span><span>http://wri-irg.org/node/13271</span></span></span></span></a><span><span>). As expected, several chambers of the court then followed up to with five more judgements (two on Armenia, three on Turkey), recognising the right to conscientious objection.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>WRI responded to a request for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on conscientious objection to military service, towards a quadrennial analytical report on conscientious objection to military service that will presented to the Human Rights Council. You can read our submission </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="/en/story/2013/wri-makes-submission-ohchr-conscientious-objection-military-service">here</a>.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span>3.5 Publications and media</span></h2> <p><span>We received some press attention, primarily in Britain, around Prisoners for Peace Day and International Conscientious Objection Day. Other opportunities have been taken for media interviews when travelling, for example in Colombia and Greece.</span></p> <p><span>Requests for comment on conscientious objection in the run up to the 1914-1918 anniversary are already coming in, and are usually passed to groups that are working on this in-country.</span></p> <p><span>Due to increasing workload, the CO-Update newsletter has been published less frequently, now generally every 2 or 3 months. It remains an important resource on conscientious objection to military service and military recruitment.</span></p> <p><span><span>The </span></span><span><span><span><span>CO-Alert </span></span></span></span><span><span>system is active, and is used on average twice a month.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Subscribers for both CO-Alert and </span></span><span><span><span><span>Update</span></span></span></span><span><span> are not rising very fast!</span></span></p> <h2><span>3.6 Events</span></h2> <p><span>In recent years we have not used a focus country on International Conscientious Objection Day.</span></p> <p><span><span>Instead, activities of groups around the world for International COs Day have been shared (see </span></span><span><span><span><span>2013</span></span></span></span><span><span>, for example), and staff alongside the Right to Refuse to Kill committee have not prioritised initiating actions on 15th May.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>We made use of social media to promote </span></span><span><span><span><span>Prisoners for Peace Day</span></span></span></span><span><span> on 1st December, and International Conscientious Objectors Day on 15th May. </span></span></p> <h2><span><span>3.7 </span></span><span><span>Staff changes</span></span></h2> <p><span>In July 2011, Andreas Speck, RRTK worker since the programme's inception in May 2001, announced that he would leave the WRI office at the end of 2012. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust kindly agreed to augment the programme funding to provide for a staff overlap from September to December 2012, and in June 2012 Hannah Brock was chosen as the new RRTK programme worker. She began work in September 2012 in time for the Bilbao Council. Andreas left the WRI office at the end of December 2012.</span></p> <h2><span><span>3.8 </span></span><span><span>RRTK programme committee</span></span></h2> <p><span>The Right to Refuse to Kill programme committee continues to be in regular contact. Their work was particularly critical over the staff changeover period, providing Hannah with much-needed expertise and support (both moral and professional).</span></p> <p><span>We last met in person Bedia in September 2012 after the Bilbao Council Meeting. Since than we have held monthly conference calls, and are in regular email contact. In 2013, our longer annual meeting was held over two days on Skype. Our next meeting in person will be at the Cape Town International Conference.</span></p> <p><span>Because of the new developments with CMOY work, when a new CMOY work is appointed, the RRTK Committee will in affect 'split', with some members with a CO focus remaining on the CO work, and others moving over to start the CMOY committee and oversee that work.</span></p> <p><span>The RRTK committee currently consists of Rachel Brett (Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva), Boro Kitanoski (Peace Action, Macedonia), Oskar Castro (War Resisters' League, USA), Igor Seke (from Serbia, now living in Mexico), with Sergeiy Sandler (New Profile, Israel) convening the committee, and Hannah from staff.</span></p> <h2><span>3.9 Evaluation</span></h2> <h3><span><span><strong>Achievements</strong></span></span></h3> <ul> <li> <p><span><span>The launch of the CO Guide, which required quite intensive work and will now prove an invaluable resource for COs across the world. It can also be used to promote understanding of CO issues (and punishment) to states and human rights organisations</span> </span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Continuing focus on countering the militarisation of youth, maintaining momentum started from the Darmstadt conference in June 2012, including the publication of </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>, and now fundraising </span></span></span><span><span><span>successfully</span></span></span><span><span><span> for a dedicated CMOY worker </span></span></span><span><span><span>and website</span></span></span><span><span><span>. This could play a huge part in the work of WRI in future years.</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>The Bayatyan judgement is a major juridical achievement, to which WRI contributed via a joint third party intervention.</span></p> </li> </ul> <h3><span><span><strong>Challenges</strong></span></span></h3> <ul> <li> <p><span>The staff changeover inevitably reduced the capacity of the programme for some months, as the handover was a focus from September – December 2012, followed by a period of learning and adjustment.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>In 2011/2012 The support for Maikel Nabil Sanad during his hunger strike posed several political challenges that warrant WRI-wide discussion. </span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Sticking to RRTK work plans can be disrupted by emergency events, e.g. support for Maikel Nabil Sanad, and also by more planned events, such as international conferences.</span></p> </li> </ul> <h2><span>4. Queer working group 2011-2013</span></h2> <ul> <li> <h3><span>2011</span></h3> </li> </ul> <p><span>The WRI queer working group was created during the WRI Council in Luleå, Sweden in July 2011 out of a need, and with aims, to queer the antimilitarist struggle, to create space for LGBT* people in WRI, to use queer theory and practice to understand and to struggle against militarism, and also with the aim to demilitarise the LGBT* movements and work against pinkwashing.</span></p> <p><span>More specifically, this first meeting of the working group identified some specific aims of the group and things to work with: to develop nonviolence training with queer perspective (for example work with gender out of other than traditional binary gender models); to make an edition of The Broken Rifle on queer issue raising awareness of how queer and antimilitarism are connected; to share experiences; to get inspiration and to learn from each other how to connect queer and antimilitarist struggle in the different contexts where we live and work. </span></p> <p><span>Through the email list that was created we started sharing some articles and experiences.</span></p> <ul> <li> <h3><span>2012</span></h3> </li> </ul> <p><span>In the summer of 2012, a Broken Rifle queer issue was made including stories of everything from situation of LGBT* people in the antimilitarists movements around the world to critiques of LGBT* movement efforts to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, of how queer and antimilitarist struggles are connected and why antimilitarism needs queer perspectives and practices. </span></p> <p><span>During a “training for trainers” in Belgium organised by Vredesactie in November 2012, participants discussed how to create queer nonviolence trainings and how to work with anti-oppression in nonviolence trainings, and this will hopefully be the focus for one of the following trainings.</span></p> <ul> <li> <h3><span>2013</span></h3> </li> </ul> <p><span>The queer working group had a Skype meeting during the WRI online council in September, starting with a presentation of the militarisation of LGBT* movements in Europe (like police and military ‘protecting’ pride parades, police and military using LGBT* inclusion to pinkwash their activities, and glorification and romanticisation of violent struggle in radical queer groups), and then discussing these topics and sharing experiences from different contexts around the world, such as how queer and antimilitarist movements face different challenges depending on state policies towards LGBT* people and movements, and the different forms of militarism and militarisation present in the society. </span></p> <p><span><span>The presentation is online here: </span></span><a href="/en/QueeringAntimilitarismWG"><span><span><span><span><span>www.wri-irg.org/QueeringAntimilitarismWG</span></span></span></span></span></a></p> <p><span><em><span>*/the asterisk</span></em></span></p> <p><span><em>T* or Trans* is an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity constellation. The asterisk makes special note in an effort to include all non-cisgender gender identities, including but not limited to transgender, transsexual, transvestite, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, genderfuck, genderless, agender, non-gendered, third gender, two-spirit, bigender, and trans man and trans woman.<br /> (partly taken from: itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2012/05/what-does-the-asterisk-in-trans-stand-for/#sthash.ywmqvcQA.dpuf)</em></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>5. WRI in the Regions</span></p> <p><span>This chapter is on WRI’s affiliates in the various regions, and networking WRI is undertaking.</span></p> <h2><span>5.1 Africa</span></h2> <p><span>Since the International Conference in India in January 2010, WRI’s work on the African continent which has been mainly led by the African Working Group co-convened since 2010 by Elavie Ndura and Matt Meyer, has intensified, with three elements:</span></p> <p><span>a) the preparation of the international conference 2014 in close cooperation with Ceasefire and other organisations in South Africa. In the course of that preparation there have been several visits and conferences attended by WRI representatives. For example, in 2012 Africa Working Group co-conveners <span>Elavie Ndura </span>and <span>Matt Meyer</span>participated in a three-day conference organised by the Gandhi Development Trust in Durban, “<em>From the Roots to the Fruits: Nonviolence in Action.</em></span></p> <p><span>b) Nonviolence trainers exchange, with the highlight being the 26-29 July 2012 <em>Africa Nonviolence Trainers Exchange </em>which had participants from South Sudan, Rwanda, Egypt, Mozambique, the Democractic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea as well as South Africa itself. For a report on Waging Nonviolence follow this link (<a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/new-pan-african-nonviolence-network-formed/">http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/new-pan-african-nonviolence-network-formed/</a>).</span></p> <p><span>c) As an outcome of that training: the building of the African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network (<a href="http://anvtn.blogspot.co.uk/">http://anvtn.blogspot.co.uk/</a>). The Network will meet during the 2014 conference.</span></p> <p><span>d) In the run up to the 2014 international conference, the network organised a series of webinars on topics such as: peacebuilding, history of nonviolence in Africa, the patriarchal war against women and others, international solidarity and nonviolent resistance and militarisation of youth and child soldiers. You can see the webinars on WRI's vimeo account (<a href="http://vimeo.com/user4456636">http://vimeo.com/user4456636</a>).</span></p> <p><span>One other activity carried forward by members of the African Working Group has been to take part in the re-building of the Africa Peace Research Association (AFPREA)</span></p> <p><span>Since 2011, WRI and many of its affiliates have closely followed and supported through activities at home the developments around the so-called Arab Spring. Particular eminence took the support of the war resister and blogger Maikel Nabil in Egypt, who was arrested and consequently went on hunger strike in the autumn of 2011. His group, No to Compulsory Military Service, has since become a member of WRI</span></p> <p><span>As part of the whole Cape Town 2014 process, WRI has featured several articles on African struggles in the different WRI newsletters, sharing with the WRI network some of the themes that will be central to the conference. Several Africa Working Group members have been involved in publishing articles and preparing books on aspects of nonviolence in Africa, including analysis of the so-called Arab Spring.</span></p> <h2><span>5.2 Eastern Mediterranean</span></h2> <p><span>WRI affiliate New Profile (Israel) and No to Compulsory Military Service (Egypt) – who made their affiliation application to WRI at 2013's eCouncil - put out a joint statement: 'Freedom to Conscientious Objectors in the Middle East'. The statement confirms their 'support of peace and of conscientious objectors in both countries, reaffirming the human right to freedom of conscience, faith, and self-determination.' It condemns 'the way both...governments treat conscientious objectors: </span><span><span>Natan Blanc, Emad El Dafrawi and Mohammed Fathy.</span></span><span>'</span></p> <p><span>The Eastern Mediterranean network of COs eventually met in early March 2014 in Cyprus after having postponed its meeting </span><span>once</span><span>. See </span><span>section</span><span> </span><span><span><span>3.2</span></span></span><span><span><span>b </span></span></span><span><span><span>for</span></span></span><span> more info.</span></p> <h2><span>5.3 Europe</span></h2> <p><span>There has been a European network of WRI groups who have held several meetings in 2010 and 2011, focussing on antimilitarist work against NATO (NATO summit in November 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal) military bases and nuclear weapons. Many activities were funded by a grant by the European Union's Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme in 2010 and 2011. The network developed the slogan “War Starts Here”, a website was created and actions held in Lulea 2011. The main groups in the network have been ofog - direkt aktion för Fred!, (Sweden), Vredesactie/ Bombspotting, (Belgium), Alternativa antimilitaristamoc (Spain), Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft- Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen, (Germany), Gewaltfreie Aktion Atomwaffen abschaffen (Germany), Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto, AKL (Finland), Trident Ploughshares (Britain), Gruppe für eine Schweiz ohne Armee, GSoA (Switzerland), and Bundeswehr Wegtreten (Germany). The last "official" meeting of the European Antimilitarist Network took place as part of the NATO Game Over action in Brussels in 2012. </span></p> <p><span>First used in Lulea in 2012, the slogan “War Starts Here” has since been used by a German network mobilising camps and direct actions against a military training site every year since 2012 in Eastern Germany. Some WRI affiliates from Germany continue to be involved in the War Starts Here camps. Read more at: <a href="http://www.warstartsherecamp.org/en/">http://www.warstartsherecamp.org/en/</a></span></p> <p><span>For some years, WRI was member of the international </span><span><em>International Co-ordinating Committee No to War – No to NATO (ICC),</em></span><span> and represented there by Andreas Speck, but eventually the WRI Executive decided to leave the Committee in April 2012 and </span><span><span>"continue its anti-NATO work outside the ICC. We will always be open for cooperation and communication with the ICC, should the need and opportunity arise.</span></span></p> <p>Nonviolence training has also been a mayor element of the regional work in Europe, with a regional trainers gathering taking place in 2012 in Belgium and several follow up meetings also taking place.</p> <h3><span><span><strong>5.3a Main activities and highlights:</strong></span></span></h3> <p><span>Nonviolent actions and blockades in Aldermaston and Burghfield (British nuclear weapons‘ factory) in 2009 and 2013 saw strong participation by WRI members and were supported by the WRI office. The 2013 camp was part of the Action AWE campaign that is acting to halt nuclear weapons production at the Atomic Weapons Establishment factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire, Britain.</span></p> <p><span>Actions against the NATO summit in Lisbon, 2010. The subsequent NATO summit in Chicago, USA, saw little involvement from Europe - in the end two members of <em>ofog </em>represented WRI in Chicago, joining with members of <em>War Resisters League.</em></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span>War Starts Here action camp in Lulea, in July 211</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>NATO-Game over action in Brussels, Belgium, in April 2012</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Nonviolence training of trainers in Brussels (see 2.2).</span></p> </li> </ul> <h2><span>5.4 Latin America</span></h2> <p><span>For a number of years a number of groups in Latin America with links to WRI have been working on how to support each other more, and how to create the space for thinking and acting beyond local realities. The irg-al network has continued to exchange a lot of information through its email list (<span><a href="mailto:irg-al@lists.wri">irg-al@lists.wri</a></span><span>-</span><span>irg.org</span>), which helps groups to know what others are doing.</span></p> <p><span>The list has been most useful in times of crisis, like during the so-called frustrated coup d'etat in Ecuador on 30 September 2010, and during the events in Venezuela in 2013/2014. Council member <span>Pelao Carvallo,</span> residing in Paraguay, has kept the network informed of what is happening in the country - from the Curuguaty massacre where 16 peasants were killed by police forces to the subsequent parliamentary coup d'etat. Thanks to Pelao, <span>MOC-Paraguay and Serpaj-Paraguay t</span>he irg-al list has been kept well informed about the ongoing resistance to the coup. The resistance by indigenous people of Cauca in Colombia to military presence in their communities was also discussed via the list serve, with groups in Colombia sharing first-hand experiences.</span></p> <p><span>Members of the network have met using various opportunities like the Triennial in India 2010, but live meetings remain a challenge.</span></p> <p><span>As a joint project, the network put together the December 2010 issue of WRI's newsletter The Broken Rifle (<span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br87-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br87-en.htm</a></span>), which focused on militarism in the region. The network also helped getting the WRI Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns out in Spanish, with Pelao Carvallo writing a special introduction to the Spanish version and El Libertario Collective doing the layout. The handbook was printed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it has already been distributed to several countries in Latin America, with groups even organising book presentations in their countries. </span></p> <p><span>Unfortunately, the plan of WRI to hold a Council in Colombia in 2012 had to be given up for lack of available funding for such an event.</span></p> <p><span>WRI's Executive Committee sent out a statement in support of Venezuelan human rights organisation, PROVEA, which was attacked by the government after the election of Nicolás Maduro. In 2011, PROVEA hosted a WRI delegation to Venezuela. As part of the activities of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, in 2013 and 2014 the Latin American network came out with a statement (<a href="/node/21528">http://wri-irg.org/node/21528</a>) signed and shared widely.</span></p> <p><span>A regional training for trainers in nonviolent action took place in March 2014 in Quito, Ecuador, hosted by Serpaj and Acción Ecológica. The training had people attending from Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Mexico. The occasion was used for a new regional network meeting, at this meeting it was agreed a series of activities for the 2014 Global Day of Action on Military Spending, which included a statement (</span><a href="/Nomásarmas">http://wri-irg.org/Nom%C3%A1sarmas</a><span>), and a</span><span>n</span><span> action concept that groups took on. </span></p> <h2><span>5.5 North America</span></h2> <p><span>For the activities in North America, see the reports of our affiliate War Resisters’ League.</span></p> <h2><span>5.6 Asia</span></h2> <p><span>WRI doesn't have an Asia regional network, but this doesn't mean that there isn't work and cooperation with Asian groups. Some affiliates of WRI have made contact with the Iraqi umbrella “La Onf” (Nonviolence) and attended annual conferences held by that organisation.</span></p> <p><span>In the last year there was a lot of collaboration with World Without War (WWW) in South Korea. In 2012, WRI led a nonviolence training for trainers in South Korea hosted by WWW. As part of WWW's work on nonviolence they are coordinating a group of trainers, which meets regularly, and have published WRI's Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns in Korean.</span></p> <p><span>WWW have been very active in the resistance to the construction of the Naval Military Base on Jeju Island. In this they have taken on targeting Samsung who are the main contractors of the base. WWW had done nonviolent direct actions against Samsung. Many have been reported in War Profiteers' News. </span></p> <p><span>Subhash Kattel from Nepal, who became an individual member of WRI in 2014, took on translating and publishing WRI's handbook into Nepali and also participated in the New Tactics online conversation <span>on countering the militarisation of youth.</span></span></p> <p><span>Communication continues with our friends at Mozda who hosted the 2010 India conference, who continue to share information of their several nonviolent struggles including the resistance to a nuclear power station.</span></p> <p><span>Even though there is not a regional network, all these different cooperation show that there is the potential of working toward more regional cooperation on nonviolent and antimilitarist work. </span></p> <h2><span>5.7 Australia and Oceania</span></h2> <p><span>In 2013 we welcomed Rosa Moiwend from West Papua as a WRI individual member. For a period of time she was living in London doing West Papua solidarity work and she regularly visited the office. She even joined us in our protest against HMRC against paying tax for wars. Rosa has represented WRI at several events related with the West Papua struggle. </span></p> <p><span>WRI has an affiliate in Australia and contacts to some other activists through conferences. But there has been no continuous work or efforts been made on this region.</span></p> <p><span>6. Publications</span></p> <p><span><span>All our email-based publications can be viewed on </span></span><span><span><span><span><span>our website</span></span></span></span></span><span><span>. You can subscribe to receive them to your inbox </span></span><span><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></p> <h2><span>6.1 Series Publications</span></h2> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>The Broken Rifle</span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span>The Broken Rifle continues to be WRI's newsletter, with most issues published in English, Spanish and German, and some in French. It is published online, usually with a downloadable pdf version available, and sent out as an email newsletter. Staff often use The Broken Rifle when travelling and attending events.</span></p> <p><span>It was generally published quarterly until end of 2013, and every four months from start of 2014.</span></p> <p><span>Since January 2010, the following issues have been published:</span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span>Themes for Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence (May 2014, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/574">http://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/574</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>African antimilitarism, nonviolence and peacebuilding (December, 2013, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/555">http://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/555</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Resisting War and Preparation for War: Taking Back Militarised Spaces (September 2013, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/543">http://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/543</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Conscientious objection: today and tomorrow (May 2013, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/epublish/21/527">http://www.wri-irg.org/epublish/21/527</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Nonviolent strategies for social change (March 2013, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/epublish/21/515">http://www.wri-irg.org/epublish/21/515</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Standing up to repression (December 2012, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/pubs/br94-en.htm">http://www.wri-irg.org/pubs/br94-en.htm</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span>),</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Queer and antimilitarism (August 2012, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/pubs/br93-en.htm">http://www.wri-irg.org/pubs/br93-en.htm</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Countering the Militarisation of Youth (May 2012, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/485">http://wri-irg.org/epublish/21/485</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Land-grabbing and Militarism (April 2012, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br91-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br91-en.htm</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Nonviolence for Change (December 2011, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br90-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br90-en.htm</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Military out of schools (March 2011, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br88-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br88-en.htm</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>). </span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Latin American Antimilitarist Network (December 2010, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br87-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br87-en.htm</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>European Network Against Militarism - Against NATO and War (September 2010, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br86-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br86-en.htm</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Gender and militarism (April 2010, see </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br85-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br85-en.htm</a></span></span></span></span><span><span>), </span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>wri-info</span></span></span></span></span></h3> </li> </ul> <p><span><span>The email-newsletter wri-info is published as needed – usually for WRI statements and announcements. From February 2013, it has also been used to distribute </span></span><span><span><span><span>War Resisters' Stories</span></span></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>War Resisters' Stories</span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span>This new monthly eNewsletter was launched in February 2013. Each month it contains five stories, both from the office and from the WRI network. It is designed to give people highlights from recent events, as well as direct them towards upcoming events, in a brief and engaging way.</span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>CO-Update</span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span>The CO-Update, produced in English, is the eNewsletter of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. Since summer 2012 it has been produced bimonthly. It contains updates on conscientious objection and conscription around the world, as well as news on Right to Refuse to Kill activity.</span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span>CO-Alert</span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>WRI launched its email based co-alert system in July 2001. Although there had been a system for urgent actions before, this was the first time the email list CO-Alert has been used. Since then, hundreds of CO-Alerts have been distributed. The CO-Alert system has been integrated into WRI's conscientious objection database, and is now managed entirely through the WRI website. CO-alert is an English only email list, although some alerts are also available in other languages on the WRI website. Please encourage as many people to join this list as possible: </span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://lists.wri-irg.org/sympa/info/co-alert">http://lists.wri-irg.org/sympa/info/co-alert</a></span></span></span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>warprofiteers-news</span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>The email newsletter </span></span><span><span><span><span>War Profiteers News</span></span></span></span><span><span> is published in English and Spanish, usually bimonthly. It has been an important tool to provide information on matters related to war profiteering to a wide range of groups and activists, and facilitates networking of groups working on war profiteers.</span></span></p> <h2><span>6.2 Social media</span></h2> <p><span>In the last few years, we have started to make use of social media. Since 2012 in particular, we have made a greater effort to engage with people on social media, and use it more consistently. This has meant an increase in our social media following. We have also expanded into open source social media. This helps us reach more people, but is also a political choice for us to support non-corporately owned forms of social communication on the internet. We post regularly in English and Spanish, and in other languages whenever possible.</span></p> <h3><span>Facebook</span></h3> <p><span><span>Find us here: </span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/116749965016853">http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/1167499650168…</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span>. We now have over 2500 followers.</span></span></p> <h3><span>Causes</span></h3> <p><span><span>Find us on Causes here: </span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.causes.com/warresisters">http://www.causes.com/warresisters</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span>. We have over 4300 followers, and often uses Causes to promote our newsletters and encourage people to take action through CO-Alerts.</span></span></p> <h3><span>Twitter</span></h3> <p><span><span>You can find WRI at </span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint">https://twitter.com/warresistersint</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span>. We have over 1200 followers.</span></span></p> <h3><span>Diaspora</span></h3> <p><span><span>A distributed social networking service. Find us at </span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://joindiaspora.com/u/warresistersinternational">https://joindiaspora.com/u/warresistersinternational</a></span></span></span></span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <h2><span>6.3 Books</span></h2> <p><span>Since January 2010, we have published the following printed books:</span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span>In June 2013 '</span></span><span><span><span><span>Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It'</span></span></span></span><span><span> was </span></span><span><span><span><span>launched</span></span></span></span><span><span> at Housmans bookshop, London. The book was compiled by Quaker Peace and Social Witness Peaceworker Owen Everett, and contains surveys on the militarisation of youth across the world, excerpts from interviews and articles on particular aspects on militarisation of youth. It is available at our webshop here: </span></span><span><span><span><span>wri-irg.org/SowingSeeds</span></span></span></span><span><span> and to read online </span></span><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>In April 2010, the book “</span></span><span><span><span><span>Women Conscientious Objectors – An Anthology</span></span></span></span><span><span>” was published. </span></span><span><span><em>Objetoras de Conciencia – Antología –</em></span></span><span><span> a Spanish-language version, was published in January 2013. It was translated by</span></span><span><span>Michelle Renyé, is available electronically </span></span><span><span><span><span>online</span></span></span></span><span><span> and </span></span><span><span><span><span><span>for sale</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span><span><span>in print.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>WRI's </span></span><span><span><span><span>Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</span></span></span></span><span><span>, published in English with an initial print-run of 1,200 copies, was first published </span></span><span><span><span><span>in Spanish</span></span></span></span><span><span> in May 2010. A reprint of 1,500 copies the English edition was necessary in January 2011. An Indonesian edition of the Handbook was been published by Walisongo Mediation Centre in 2009, and was made available </span></span><span><span><span><span>online</span></span></span></span><span><span> during 2010. The Russian edition of the Handbook is now available </span></span><span><span><span><span>online</span></span></span></span><span><span>, along with the </span></span><span><span><span><span>Arabic</span></span></span></span><span><span> edition, and versions in </span></span><span><span><span><span>Spanish</span></span></span></span><span><span>, </span></span><span><span><span><span>Tigrinya</span></span></span></span><span><span>, </span></span><span><span><span><span>Turkish</span></span></span></span><span><span> and </span></span><span><span><span><span>Korean</span></span></span></span><span><span>. A translation into Nepalese is available as a print version.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>In 2010, WRI supported the Eritrean Antimilitary Initiate (EAI) in publishing and distributing a Tirgrinya version of Gene Sharps “From dictatorship to democracy”. </span></p> </li> </ul> <p><span><span>Cynthia Cockburn's book </span></span><span><span><span><span>Antimilitarism: Political and Gender Dynamics of Peace Movements</span></span></span></span><span><span> has also been published by Palgrave Macmillan. Cynthia attended the WRI Council in Bilbao in 2008 doing interviews for this book, which includes discussion of WRI itself as well as of affiliates in several countries. Andreas spoke at the book launch in Housmans bookshop, London. </span></span></p> <h2><span>6.4 Evaluation</span></h2> <h3><span>Achievements:</span></h3> <ul> <li> <p><span>Regular high-quality content through The Broken Rifle, War Profiteers News and the CO-Update – often in three languages.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Substantial increase in our social media following.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>The publication of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns has clearly answered an existing need, demonstrated by the high number of translations that have already been published. Because of this, we are now in the process of publishing the second edition of the Handbook, which will be published in July 2014, and launched at the International Conference in Cape Town.</span></p> </li> </ul> <h3><span>Challenges:</span></h3> <ul> <li> <p><span>Although most of our newsletters and publications are published in Spanish and often German as well, there is often a delay between publication in English and publication in German and Spanish. Much content on our website is only in English.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>There are many opportunities to reach people online now. Our website and social media usage could be improved, being more visually appealing. Although our website has the capability for crowd-sourced content (giving the network the opportunity to publish their news through the website, and to publish translations in their own languages of existing content), this rarely happens.</span></p> </li> </ul> <h2><span>7. Statements, Press Releases</span></h2> <p><span><span>War Resisters' International has released eight statements, mostly in support of antimilitarist activists around the world.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>They are all available online, and many have also been distributed as press releases to media outlets where relevant. From the most recent, they are:</span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>War Resisters' International joins the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> (9 December 2013)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Egypt: There is No Military Solution!</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> 13 September 2013</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>WRI supports Venezuelan Human Rights organisation PROVEA: </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>13 September 2013</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span>23 April 2013</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Stop making a killing from war: #demilitarize now</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>: </span></span></span><strong><span><span><span>WRI statement on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending</span></span></span></strong><br /> <span><span><span>15 April 2013</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>No más armas para Latinoamérica</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> 09 Apr 2013</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>WRI condemns 'shameful' attacks on Nazlie Bala in Kosovo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>05 April 2013</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joint Public Statement - Greece: When will conscientious objectors stop being persecuted? </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span>07 March 2013</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>War Resisters' International condemns Pinar Selek's life sentence</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>1</span></span></span></span><span><span><span>4 February 2013</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>War taxes paid under protest</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>16 January 2013</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Resistance and Nonviolence to the coup d'etat in Paraguay</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>, 25 September 2012</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>War Resisters' International Executive statement on the harassment of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>28 August 2012</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>EGYPT: War Resisters' International welcomes the overdue release in Cairo of pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> 26 January 2012</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sick and tired of the warmakers! - A statement by War Resisters' International on the intervention in Libya</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> 5 April 2011</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>War Resisters' International condemns persecution of Turkish feminist antimilitarist Pinar Selek</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> 25 February 2011</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>War Resisters’ International Statement on the Murder of Nigeria’s Chidi Nwosu</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> 25 January 2011</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>War Resisters' International statement in support of Moon Myungjin, conscientious objector from the Republic of Korea</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> 6 January 2011</span></span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span><span><span>'Israel's Ruthless Criminality' - WRI statement on attack on Freedom Flotilla</span></span></span></span><cite><span><span><span> 31 May 2010</span></span></span></cite></span></p> </li> </ul> <p><span>8. An outlook on the future development of WRI’s work</span></p> <p><span>Making predictions—the saying goes—is difficult, especially about the future. This is definitely also true about WRI’s future, but some recent efforts and events we have been engaged in also imply possible future developments. Of these, we would like to highlight three things; regional networking, countering the militarisation of youth as a new direction in WRI programme work and, alas, the continuing financial crisis WRI is facing.</span></p> <h2><span>8.1 Regional networking</span></h2> <p><span>For a long time now, regional networking has been an important part of WRI’s work. Regional gatherings and projects have been instrumental to the consolidation and extension of the WRI network. For many years, our regional networking efforts focused on Latin America and Europe. As you will read in other sections of this report, these efforts continue, as our networks in these regions (or rather continents) move through their natural cycles of ebb and flow. A new region where our networking efforts are just beginning is the East Mediterranean, where groups from Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Palestine/Israel and Egypt working on conscientious objection and resistance to militarism have gathered for the first time earlier this year.</span></p> <p><span>But the most massive, and potentially the most consequential, regional networking effort WRI is engaged in today is the one you can see in action here in Cape Town. Our meeting here is part of a broad ongoing effort to establish and further develop an African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network.</span></p> <p><span>Each regional network within WRI has its own scope and focus. What gives the African network added importance for the future development of the WRI network as a whole is that our traditional topics—conscientious objection, nonviolence, antimilitarism—are transformed when placed in the context of the activist traditions the members of our fledgling African network come from. Traditional forms of conscientious objection are rare in Africa (just as traditional forms of conscription are), as are the forms of nonviolent direct action typical of the Global North. Instead, nonviolent resistance to militarism in many African countries takes the form of work against daily, non-centralised forms of violence, the form of active positive peacebuilding and active encouragement of alternatives to violence.</span></p> <p><span>All this is reflected in the focus and title of our conference, “The </span><span><em>continuum</em></span><span> of nonviolence”. Like the African groups and activists making up this regional network, the conference examines domestic violence and street violence as lying on the same continuum with military violence and outright war. Theoretically, this realisation has also been part of our social and political analysis (and especially </span><span><span>gender</span></span><span> analysis) for decades, but the African network opens up the possibility of connecting this to actual campaigning, and this is one important possible direction for the development of WRI’s work in the future—in Africa, but also worldwide.</span></p> <h2><span>8.2 Countering the militarisation of youth</span></h2> <p><span>Another prospect for the future development of WRI’s work is in the field of countering the militarisation of youth. As you will read in the report, this has been the focus of several WRI activities and publications over the last two years or so, and we are in the process of developing Countering the Militarisation of Youth into a full-fledged programme, supported by WRI office staff.</span></p> <p><span>Originally, we perceived work on countering the militarisation of youth as an alternative to the older and narrower focus on conscientious objection in (mostly European) countries that abolished conscription. Indeed, many countries in Europe are now experiencing a surge in militarisation of schools, public events, games and entertainment, as national armies are vying for young recruits. However, we soon realised that the militarisation of youth is an equally disturbing trend all over the world, regardless of whether the legal mechanism of conscription is used in a country or not. The same basic mechanisms are being employed by armies around the world, both to obtain highly motivated recruits and to dispose the public at large to support war. The great potential that campaigning to counter the militarisation of youth has for the future development of WRI’s work as a whole is evidenced by the enthusiasm this work has been generating within and around the WRI network over these last two years.</span></p> <h2><span>8.3 Financial crisis</span></h2> <p><span>For these new trends in WRI’s work to materialise, however, WRI first needs to survive financially. This is becoming increasingly difficult. By now, almost all of WRI’s old reserves have been used, and we are still running a regular and significant yearly deficit. If this trend continues—that is, unless we manage to secure regular funding for a second office programme, in addition to the fully-funded Right to Refuse to Kill—we might face the possibility of closing the WRI office within a few years at most.</span></p> <p><span><span>The way out of the crisis goes through fundraising, and through a greater involvement of the WRI network as a whole in our fundraising efforts. Some progress is already being made along these lines, with WRI’s recently-created fundraising committee, but more is needed. 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August 2013 https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/AnnualReport2012-2013?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--22312.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="22312" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 09 Sep 2013</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This report has been prepared by the staff and Executive Committee</p> <h2>1. Introduction</h2> <p>The year since the Council meeting in Bilbao in September 2012 has been a period of a successful transition in the office from Andreas Speck to Hannah Brock, and the continuation of WRI’s various <a href="/node/20620"></a></p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b34f21de-a65c-4ce4-becb-2ff19cda1a9b" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/We%20are%20all%20Natan%20Blanc.thumbnail.jpg?itok=WQbknABO 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/We%20are%20all%20Natan%20Blanc.thumbnail.jpg?itok=eW6nc9W9" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> programmatic activities. The progressing preparation of the upcoming International Conference in South Africa 2014 and the preparation of the Council 2013 have been two further important elements of our work. In the international network, the Global Action Day Against Military Spending on April 15, the Conscientious Objectors Day exactly one month later and the days of action against the militarization of youth in June 2013 marked dates when many of our affiliates took common action.  The international political situation has remained full of challenges and issues – from Venezuela and Paraguay where our affiliates struggle for human rights and against the all-powerful influence of the military establishment through the Middle East with its various theatres of conflict and war to East Asia where our members from South Korea fight against a military basis on an island under the shadow of a major conflict between North and South Korea. This report describes the programmatic activities in the two WRI programmes (Nonviolence and the Right to Refuse to Kill), the work of WRI in the regions, the WRI-internal business and of course WRI’s financial situation.</p> <h2></h2> <h2>2. Staffed Programmes</h2> <p>For some years now, WRI has two staffed programmes: Nonviolence and the Right to Refuse to Kill – programme. In both programmes, there are various ongoing activities and projects.</p> <h3>2.1 Nonviolence Programme</h3> <p>Staff: Javier Gárate The <a href="”/programmes/nvp" target="”_blank”">Nonviolence Programme</a> has two main areas of focus:</p> <ul> <li>providing resources and training in nonviolence</li> <li>the initiative against war profiteering</li> </ul> <p><strong>2.1.1 Resources and training for nonviolent action</strong> Empowering grassroots activists to take nonviolent action continues to be one of the main goals of the NV Programme. In the past year, the programme’s emphasis has been to coordinate regional nonviolence training exchanges and lead training for trainers. We see that WRI's main contribution is to bring trainers together to exchange their experiences and to empower grassroots activists to form their own trainings. In the past year, a European Training Exchange took place in Ieper, Belgium, hosted by WRI's Belgian affiliate – <em>Vredesactie</em>. WRI and<em> Vredesactie</em> came up with the idea for this exchange and invited several other groups to join the organising committee, including: <em>European Youth for Action</em> (EYFA), <em>Turning the Tide</em> (UK), <em>Seeds for Change</em> (UK), <em>Trypod</em> (UK), <em>Ofog</em> (Sweden) and <em>SwedFOR</em> (Sweden). The training exchange brought together 40 trainers for several European countries for a week-long training exchange on strategies for social movements. One concrete outcome from the exchange was to form a loose network of trainers. Participants at the exchange have continued to exchange information and there has already been some follow ups from this exchange, with a meeting in January in London hosted by Turning the Tide on how to develop personal skills for strategies, and there are plans for more trainers meetings during this year. As reported in the last annual report, in August of last year, WRI organised an <a href="”/AfricanNonviolenceTrainersExchange" target="”_blank”">African Nonviolence Training Exchange</a>, held in Johannesburg. At the exchange an African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network was formed. This network has continued to communicate via email and is planning a meeting at the forthcoming WRI International Conference '<a href="”/southafrica2014" target="”_blank”">SMALL Actions BIG Movements</a>' in 2014 in Cape Town. For 2013 there are plans to hold a Latin American training for trainers, which will to take place in Ecuador in November. The goal is to bring together activists using or interested in nonviolent action to share skills on how training can support grassroots nonviolent actions in Latin America. In October of 2012, the Nonviolence Programme led a training for trainers in South Korea, hosted by World Without War. The trainers were Denise Drake of <em>Turning the Tide</em> and Javier Gárate. The training was well timed as the struggle against the naval military base on Jeju Island tries to keep up the momentum of its resistance. Most participants at the training for trainers were actively involved in resisting the naval military base and were looking for how they can empower more people in their groups to take nonviolent action. The training for trainers was part of a longer process started by World Without War to have a trainers group. The group met several times before the training for trainers and have continued to meet afterwards to work increasing their training skills. World Without War have taken direct action against the naval base and see nonviolence training as a key aspect in having more impact with their actions. <em>2.1.1.1 Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</em> The WRI <a href="”/pubs/NonviolenceHandbook" target="”_blank”">Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</a> continues to be the main resource of the NV Programme. We continue to get offers to translate the handbook and we have completed the translations of more languages. In the past year the Nepali version was published thanks to the work of Subhash Khattel. The Russian version has also been finalised. Out of the blue we received a message from the internet Ukrainian community <a href="http://texty.org.us">http://texty.org.us</a> that they had translated the handbook into Ukrainian and posted it in their website. The German one is in the process of being translated with high hopes to have it ready during 2013. Big thanks to Jorgen Johansen who continues to help to get translations of the handbook. At the moment there are people translating it into Italian, Greek and Bulgarian. With all these translations the handbook will be available in more than 10 languages. <a href=""></a></p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="18bf543f-5c90-4a23-b953-f07e38d7b096" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/IMAG0605_1.home.jpg?itok=GJMJdq4y 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/IMAG0605_1.home.jpg?itok=WmIDzQJQ" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> As the handbook gets used and translated, we continue to receive comments about it. This made us think that it is the right time to work on a second edition of the handbook, which can incorporate some of the suggestions for changes and additions. The plan is to work on the second edition in the second half of 2013, so if you have comments, please get in touch. We will also be inviting feedback during the eCouncil. As part of working on a second edition we also want to plan our strategy for online resources apart from the handbook, making the WRI website a resource for activists who want to share and learn about nonviolent action. <strong>2.1.2 Initiative against War Profiteers</strong> <em>2.1.2.1 War Profiteers News</em> The Nonviolence Programme continues to work supporting campaigns against all forms of war profiteering. By war profiteering we mean that our emphasis is not only on the arms trade but also on other related issues such us the privatisation of the military, the technologisation of war and resource wars. The work against war profiteering is primarily done through the publication of the newsletter <a href="”/publications/war_profiteers" target="”_blank”">War Profiteers' News</a>. A special effort is made with this newsletter to invite activists and researches in the area of war profiteering to write and share their work. This has provided a place for networking as they contribute to this newsletter. <em>2.1.2.2 Global Day of Action on Military Spending</em> WRI has been an active supporter of the <a href="”/node/21187" target="”_blank”">Global Day of Action on Military Spending</a> (GDAMS) initiative coordinated by the International Peace Bureau (IPB), which this year took place on 15 April. WRI helped to coordinate a Latin American <a href="”/node/21528" target="”_blank”">regional statement </a> and actions for GDAMS and drafted a statement in support of GDAMS on 15 April. As part of this work, we made the case of the importance of being against all military spending, not making distinction between “good” or “necessary” military spending and evil imperialist military spending. WRI promoted nonviolent actions as part of GDAMS, encouraging people to make the links between militarism and the economy and to say no to corporate militarism. As part of the coordination work for GDAMS, Javier Gárate, for a second year, was part of the International Steering Committee of GDAMS 2013. WRI will continue to support this important initiative that brings people together from around the world to say no to military spending. <strong>2.1.3. Fundraising</strong> The Nonviolence Programme has managed to raise funds for all the above projects of the programme, but not funding to contribute to general staff expenses, which continues to be the big challenge of the programme. With the new Fundraising Committee we have worked making grant applications for the NV Programme. As we write this report we have received the news that Lush Charity Pot has granted £5,000 towards general costs of the programme, which encourages us to believe that we can get more general funding for the programme. As ever, we invite the WRI network to think of ways to raise funds to make this a sustainable programme. <strong>Achievements</strong></p> <ul> <li>The work at a regional level on nonviolence training has been a big success. This should set the foundation for future regional cooperation on nonviolence training.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Challenges</strong></p> <ul> <li>Securing regular funding for the programme continues to be the main challenge of the programme.</li> </ul> <h3>2.2 Right to Refuse to Kill programme</h3> <p>Staff: Andreas Speck, replaced by Hannah Brock</p> <h2>2.2.1 General Work</h2> <p><em>2.2.1.1 Colombia</em> <a href="/pubs/NonviolenceHandbook"></a></p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="20a3b85d-c8b4-41e2-a12f-8d56e35010f3" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Manual%20para%20campanas%20noviolentas.home.jpg?itok=y9Zb6aCU 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Manual%20para%20campanas%20noviolentas.home.jpg?itok=y9Zb6aCU" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> Andreas and Hannah travelled to Colombia in November 2012, to refresh connections with many groups in involved in ANOOC <em>La Asamblea Nacional de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia</em> (ANOOC), and plan future work (find a trip report here: <a href="http://www.wri-irg.org/ColombiaTripReport2012">http://www.wri-irg.org/ColombiaTripReport2012</a>). Out of this visit came the relaunch of the carnet objetor/a. Local groups are now able to print their own versions for each new CO (see <em>batidas</em> section here). We are working with <em>Acción colectiva de objetores y objetoras de conciencia</em> (ACOOC) to hold a workshop in October 2013 in Bogotá that will train lawyers – and activists with an interest in law - on both national laws related to conscientious objection (both on <em>tutelas</em>, and a new law proposal, should it have been passed), and on international standards related to conscientious objection. It will also provide lawyers with an understanding of why people become conscientious and total objectors. WRI made a submission to the Colombian government on the new law proposal in March 2013. <em>2.2.1.2 Eastern Mediterranean network of COs</em> In July, a meeting was planned for activists from the Middle East, joining other campaigners from the Eastern Mediterranean region in Turkey. The event was to found a network of movements for conscientious objection in the region. Although this event had to be postponed, other options for holding the event late 2013 or early 2014 are already underway, probably in a different location. Activists from the CO Platform for Peace and other groups in Turkey are working on this, along with the <em>Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus</em>, the <em>Association of Greek COs</em>, the <em>Jenin Creative and Cultural Centre</em> (Palestine), <em>New Profile</em> (Israel), <em>No to Compulsory Military Service</em> (Egypt) and others. <em>2.2.1.3 Greece</em> Persecution of COs in Greece has sharply increased in 2013. We have been keeping in close contact with COs in Greece, particularly through the <em>Association for Greek Conscientious Objectors</em>, and raising awareness of their situation, including an article in The Broken Rifle, and a statement alongside the <em>European Bureau for Conscientious Objection</em> and <em>Amnesty International</em> in Greece. Their ‘Open letter’ (a call for international support) was distributed by the office on 11th July. <em>2.2.1.4 Events</em> We made use of social media to promote Prisoners for Peace Day on 1st December, and International Conscientious Objectors Day on 15th May. For some years, a focus country was highlighted on 15th May. However in recent years, activities of groups around the world for International COs Day have been shared, and staff alongside the Right to Refuse to Kill committee have not prioritised initiating actions on 15th May. <em>2.2.1.5 International institutions</em> WRI responded to a request for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on conscientious objection to military service, towards a quadrennial analytical report on conscientious objection to military service that will presented to the Human Rights Council. You can read our submission <a href="”/node/21272" target="”_blank”">here</a>. 2.2.1.6 Publications and media See 4.6.1.4 and 4.6.1.5 for further information on CO-Updates and CO-Alerts produced by the RRTKCOM. We received some press attention, primarily in Britain, around Prisoners for Peace Day and International Conscientious Objectors Day. Hannah also gave an interview to Radio Libertaire on conscientious objection in Turkmenistan, dubbed into Turkmen. Requests for comment on conscientious objection in the run up to the 1914-1918 anniversary are already coming in. <strong>2.2.2 A Conscientious Objector’s Guide to International Human Rights System</strong> This guide to the international human rights system for COs was compiled by Andreas Speck, who completed it in December 2012. The Centre for Civil and Political Rights, Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and Conscience and Peace Tax International partnered with us to bring this project to fruition. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the guide had been delayed from its original launch deadline, but was finally launched in May 2013 as a side-event to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. You can find it at <a href="http://co-guide.info/">http://co-guide.info/</a>. The guide is available in Spanish and English. We are grateful to Carlos Barranco for his prompt and high-quality translation work, and Geneva Quakers for their funding of this translation, and to Netuxo for developing such an accessible website. We hope that it will have a lasting impact on CO movements, and their ability to utilise international mechanisms. <strong>2.2.3. Countering the Militarisation of Youth</strong> The Countering the Militarisation of Youth project has been the focus of the one-year Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) Peaceworker Owen Everett, working 2.5 days/week. Around November 2012 it was decided that the documentation of the June conference in Darmstadt should be a book of articles by various people in the WRI network, based on the themes of the conference but of interest to those who didn't attend. The book will be published in English in June, and German and Spanish editions will follow in September. It will include extracts from transcripts of interviews filmed at Darmstadt, and findings from a survey begun at Darmstadt. A film of selected sections of the video interviews is being made by Oskar Castro, and the full survey data, along with extensive analysis of it, has been uploaded onto the WRI website: wri-irg.org/surveydata. A smaller piece of work has been the coordinating of an International Day of Action for Military-Free Education and Research, which took place on 14 June. This was inspired by a week of action on this theme in Germany in September 2012, and is a warm-up for a week of international action in 2014. Groups, organisations, and individuals from at least seven different countries will be taking part, and their actions will be documented on the WRI website and the website of the German network. <a href=""></a></p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1c687a3e-9890-4782-b9a4-4d44958dd338" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/SowingSeedsAndOwen.home.jpg?itok=mDW--oHR 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/SowingSeedsAndOwen.home.jpg?itok=USwoE_qN" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> After the English version of the book, called <a href="”/SowingSeeds" target="”_blank”">Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It</a>, has been published, for his remaining three months of his placement, Owen will focus on setting up a website which will act as a way of documenting the militarisation of young people around the world in its different forms. It will also contain a bank of visual, audio, and literary resources that highlight and challenge this. People will be able to submit content to the website via the moderator. This website will enable the WRI network to drive the project by indicating what the priorities should be. <strong>2.2.4 RRTK programme committee</strong> The Right to Refuse to Kill programme committee continues to be in regular contact. Their work has been particularly critical over the staff changeover period, providing Hannah and Owen with much-needed expertise and support (both moral and professional). We met in person Bedia after the Bilbao Council meeting in September. Since than we have held monthly conference calls, and are in regular email contact. Milena Romera, of Acción colectiva de objetores y objetoras de conciencia (ACOOC) in Bogota, was invited to join the committee, and did so in April 2013. The committee therefore now consists of Rachel Brett (<em>Quaker United Nations Office</em>, Geneva), Adriana Patricia Castano Roman (<em>Red Juvenil de Medellin</em>, now living in Venezuela), Boro Kitanoski (Peace Action, Macedonia), Oskar Castro (<em>War Resisters' League</em>, USA), Milena Romera (ACOOC, Colombia), Igor Seke (from Serbia, now living in Mexico), with Sergeiy Sandler (<em>New Profile</em>, Israel) convening the committee, and Hannah and Owen from staff. Our next partly physical meeting is planned for Colombia in October 2013, when at least four of us will be together in Bogota, and others joining online. We are glad to connect our meeting to another event, thus reducing both the expense and environmental impact. <strong>2.2.5 Evaluation</strong> <strong>Achievements</strong></p> <ul> <li>The launch of the CO Guide, which required quite intensive work and will now prove an invaluable resource for COs across the world. It can also be used to promote understanding of CO issues (and punishment) to states and human rights organisations.</li> <li></li> <li>Continuing focus on countering the militarisation of youth, maintaining momentum started from the Darmstadt conference in June 2012, including the publication of <a href="”/SowingSeeds" target="”_blank”">Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It</a>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Challenges</strong></p> <ul> <li>The staff changeover inevitably reduced the capacity of the programme for some months, as the handover was a focus from September – December 2012, followed by a period of learning and adjustment.</li> </ul> <h2>3. WRI in the Regions</h2> <p>This chapter is on WRI’s affiliates in the various regions, and networking WRI is undertaking.</p> <h3>3.1 Africa</h3> <p>Nonviolence resistance is as alive as ever in Africa, and WRI members in Africa as well as the Diaspora are part of this liveliness, as was reflected in the successes in 2012 of the African Nonviolence Training Exchange held in 2012 in Johannesburg, and the formation of an African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network - as reported in the last annual report. This past year the main work has been on the upcoming WRI International Conference, “Small Actions Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence”, to take place in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2014. In South Africa there is an organising committee formed by Laura Pollecut, Sipho Theys, Terry Crawford Browne, Nozizwe Madlala and Jeremy Routledge. This committee has already done a lot of work preparing the conference and will be WRI main host for the Cape Town conference. The committee has met several times and will be instrumental in the success of the Cape Town Conference. The African Network has functioned mostly through its email list, where members post about their activities as well as sharing ideas for the Cape Town conference. Plans are for an African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network meeting to take place during the 2014 conference, where decisions will be made about future projects for the network. There are also network activities being planned in the build-up to the conference. WRI Africa Working Group and Africa Network members Elavie Ndura and Matt Meyer took part in the re-building of the Africa Peace Research Association (AFPREA), both at meetings in Japan and at subsequent on-line forums, with new bases of that network in Nigeria (and co-coordination of the International Peace Research Association in Sierra Leone). Conversations with the leadership of both those bodies have led to preliminary agreement that ARPREA will participate in and help publicize our July 2014, and be involved in on-going collaboration with the Africa Network. As part of the whole Cape Town 2014 process, WRI has featured several articles on African struggles in the different WRI newsletters, sharing with the WRI network some of the themes that will be central to the conference. This will continue and intensify in the coming year. In addition, WRI has been in contact with several key web magazines about covering and providing information about the conference and related themes and initiatives. Several Africa Working Group members have been involved in publishing articles and preparing books on aspects of nonviolence in Africa, including analysis of the so-called Arab Spring.</p> <h3>3.2 Europe</h3> <p>The last "official" meeting of the European Antimilitarist Network took place more than a year ago as part of the NATO Game Over action in Brussels in 2012. However, the European Training Exchange held in Ieper, Belgium was an initiative of WRI and WRI's Belgian member, Vredesactie and in cooperation with other groups who are members of the European Antimilitarist Network. Throughout the work of the European Antimilitarist Network, which has carried out nonviolent direct actions against NATO, military intervention and infrastructure, nonviolence trainings has always been part of the action planning. Having a meeting focusing on training was a next step on the work of this network, which continues to plan future joint action and other forms of cooperation. </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="eeb3583d-9cde-40fa-b184-e2296194f087" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Burghfield.home.jpg?itok=ymm_qalg 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Burghfield.home.jpg?itok=ymm_qalg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> The next network international action will be in August and September, when members of the network will meet in Burghfield, Britain, to take part in a Trident Ploughshares international disarmament camp. The camp will take place over a fortnight, and September 2nd is the international day of action. We will be using the 'War Starts Here' slogan, and the pink theme. The day after the action will see an informal meeting of the European network. The camp is part of the Action AWE campaign that is acting to halt nuclear weapons production at the Atomic Weapons Establishment factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire, Britain. Under the name “War starts here” there was an action camp from the 12th to 19th of September 2012 in Germany, protesting against a military training site. In 2013, there has been a second camp in July 2013. Read more under: <a href="http://www.warstartsherecamp.org/en/">http://www.warstartsherecamp.org/en/</a><br /> </p><h3>3. 3 Latin America</h3> <p>The Latin America network continues to primarily be a space for sharing information between antimilitarist groups in the region. Conscientious objection to military service, which historically was the struggle that brought the network together, is now is less of a focus for antimilitarists, as they look at other forms that militarism is present in the region, for example the relation between corporations exploiting natural resources and the militarization of local communities. The situation in Paraguay, post parliamentary coup and the massacre of Curuguaty, continued to be one of the main topics shared within the network. Pelao Carvallo, who is a member of Articulación Curuguaty has kept the network informed on the events in Paraguay. A statement in support of nonviolence resistance in Paraguay was drafted at the last WRI Council meeting in Bilbao, which had the presence of Pelao Carvallo, Rafael Uzcátegui, Lexys Rendón and Igor Seke – all members of the network. The events in Venezuela: the re-election of Hugo Chavez, his death, and subsequent election of Nicolás Maduro, were of permanent discussion within the network, where different positions about the situation in Venezuela were expressed. WRI's Executive Committee sent out a statement in support of Venezuelan human rights organisation, PROVEA, which was attacked by the government after the election of Nicolás Maduro. In 2011, PROVEA hosted a WRI delegation to Venezuela. As part of the activities of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, the Latin American network came out with a statement signed and shared widely. ACOOC in Bogotá, Colombia, prepared a street action concept for the Global Day of Action, about choosing were to spend public funding instead of the military. ACOOC were also the host organisation of the international conference: War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns. There are plans to hold a training for trainers in nonviolent action in November (2013) in Quito, Ecuador, where we will also have a regional network meeting.</p> <h3>3. 4 Middle East</h3> <p>WRI affiliate New Profile (Israel) and No to Compulsory Military Service (Egypt) – who will make their affiliation application to WRI at 2013's eCouncil - put out a joint statement: 'Freedom to Conscientious Objectors in the Middle East'. The statement confirms their 'support of peace and of conscientious objectors in both countries, re-affirming the human right to freedom of conscience, faith and self-determination.' It condemns 'the way both...governments treat conscientious objectors: Natan Blanc, Emad El Dafrawi and Mohammed Fathy.' See also 2.2.1.2 Eastern Mediterranean network of COs, for information on a postponed event for conscientious objectors in the Eastern Mediterranean region.</p> <h3>3.5 Asia</h3> <p>WRI doesn't have an Asian regional network, but this doesn't mean that there isn't work and cooperation with Asian groups. In the last year there was a lot of collaboration with World Without War (WWW) in South Korea. As mentioned in the NV Programme section, WRI led a nonviolence training for trainers in South Korea hosted by WWW. As part of WWW work on nonviolence they are coordinating a groups of trainers, which meet regularly and they are in the process of publishing WRI's Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns. WWW have been very active in the resistance to the construction of the Naval Military Base on Jeju Island. In this they have taken on targeting Samsung who are the main contractors of the base. WWW had done nonviolent direct actions against Samsung. Many have been reported in War Profiteers' News. This year we also welcomed Rosa Moiwend from West Papua as a WRI individual member. For a period of time she was living in London doing West Papua solidarity work and she regularly visited the office. She even joined us in our protest against HMRC against paying tax for wars. Rosa has represented WRI at several events related with the West Papua struggle. Subhash Khattel from Nepal, who we met at the 2010 India conference, took on translating and publishing WRI's handbook into Nepali and also participated in the New Tactics online conversation. Communication continues with our friends at Mozda who hosted the 2010 India conference, who continue to share information of their several nonviolent struggles including the resistance to a nuclear power station. Even though there is not a regional network, all these different cooperation show that there is the potential of working toward more regional cooperation on nonviolent and antimilitarist work.</p> <h3>3.6 Australia and Oceania</h3> <p>WRI has an affiliate in Australia and in Papua New Guinea and contacts to some other activists through conferences.</p> <h2>4. WRI Internal</h2> <p>This section describes the various activities of the WRI as a network or organisation – the work of the International Council, of the Executive, Working Groups, and reports on the office, publications and statements.</p> <h3>4.1 Council 2012</h3> <p>WRI's International Council meeting for 2012 was held on 15-17 September 2012 in Bilbao. It was a relatively small meeting (with about 25 participants, mostly from Europe and the Americas), which was organized in the last moment by WRI Treasurer, Dominique Saillard, with help from our local affiliate, KEM-MOC, instead of the meeting we planned originally in Medellín, Colombia for the same dates. The cancellation of the Medellín meeting was discussed in our previous report, and, of course, at the Bilbao Council meeting itself. Because of the limited time and especially the limited money we could spend on preparing the event, this was our first physical Council meeting in many years that did not have some sort of seminar attached to it. The Council meeting welcomed two new affiliates into the International--Centre Delàs, based in Barcelona, joined as a section and the Turkish feminist collective Amargi joined as an associate organisation. The Council also elected Christine Schweitzer to replace Hilal Demir, who stepped down from WRI's Executive Committee. In a less formal capacity, the committee working on organizing the next WRI International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, had some new members join it at the Council meeting, and an entirely new committee--the fundraising committee--was established (and has been working regularly since). A special discussion we held on the situation in Paraguay around and following the recent massacre and coup there led to a statement that the Council drafted and WRI issued at the end of the meeting. Apart from this, and the customary review of WRI office programme work and regional networking, the centrepiece of the Council meeting was an extended vision exercise--WRI in 2022--which we conducted. It was the first time in a relatively long while that the WRI Council took some time to examine and discuss our plans and vision for the medium and long term. After taking time to imagine the conditions--external and organisational--in which we may find ourselves working in ten years' time, we split into small groups (using a "World Café" format) to discuss and raise practical suggestions on WRI's office and network structure, WRI visibility, WRI's fundraising and activism more generally. A detailed summary of these discussions can be found in the minutes of the Council meeting.</p> <h3>4.2 Council 2013</h3> <p>The Council 2012 agreed that--with the International Conference in Cape Town on the horizon--the 2013 Council meeting should tax as little resources (staff time and money) as possible. A proposal from WRI's affiliates in Finland was provisionally accepted, pending final approval by the Executive Committee. Eventually, funding we had hoped to get for the event could not be secured on time. After a lot of work by our Finnish affiliate, the <em>Union of Conscientious Objectors</em>, the Union and the WRI Executive made jointly the sad decision that we were in no position to have a Council in Finland., and the Exec opted for the fall-back option--an electronic Council meeting. WRI will – for the third time in the last ten years – hold an electronic Council. This Council is scheduled for the 20th to 30th of September, 2013. This time , we are experimenting with more interactive virtual tools, using videos, webinars, and conference call, in order to make this eCouncil as interesting and participatory as possible.</p> <h3>4.3 Preparation for International Conference in Capetown 2014</h3> <p>The WRI International Conference (and related meetings) will take place in Cape Town, 2-11 July 2014, co-hosted by our South African affiliate Ceasefire. The thematic conference - 'Small actions, Big movements: the continuum of nonviolence' - will be 4-8 July, beginning with a public plenary session opened by Desmond Tutu, with Jenni Williams of WOZA and Sahar Vardi of New Profile. The thematic conference will be preceded by a meeting of the outgoing WRI Council (on 2 July) and also of the WRI Assembly on 3 July, both coinciding with a global consultation on gender and militarism initiated by the Women's Peacemakers Program. A second day of the Assembly will follow the thematic conference on 10 July, and the incoming Council will have its first meeting on 11 July. Politically, this conference will be judged according to its contribution towards making WRI a more global network, especially improving our links in Africa. Therefore we are asking affiliates to contact any partners they have in Africa, encouraging them to attend. Financially, the conference cannot depend only on central fund-raising from the office and the fund-raising group. The Cape Town City Council has granted us use of the City Hall with no charge, and with considerable local help we are </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="150ea644-b887-4f36-bf2e-cc774106b1b5" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/AfricanPic.home.jpg?itok=56lYlGnY 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/AfricanPic.home.jpg?itok=56lYlGnY" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> doing what we can to minimise other costs. However, we need to achieve the same proportion of paying participants as we managed in Ahmedabad 2010. So we urge affiliates to note the doubts, to support the participation of their own members, and to consider solidarity funding for activists they support in other countries. To follow progress in preparing the conference, go to: <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/southafrica2014">https://www.wri-irg.org/southafrica2014</a> <strong>Challenges:</strong> </p><ul> <li>SA2014 aims to be part of a process of strengthening antimilitarism and nonviolence in Africa, and linking this with WRI. So far, however, our efforts have been mainly geared towards the conference.</li> <li></li> <li>In ways rather new to the WRI network, we want to share what happens at the conference with people not able to be physically present - for instance, through social media and video clips. Fund-raising: at the time of writing we have a year to go but no significant funding in place.</li> </ul> <p><strong>4.4 Executive</strong> Following Hilal Demir's resignation from the Executive during 2012, the Council meeting in Bilbao agreed to co-opt Christine Schweitzer who represents the Institut für Friedensarbeit und Gewaltfreie Konfliktaustragung (Institute for Peace Work and Nonviolent Conflict Transformation - IFGK) in the Council. Subsequently, the Executive has met twice in London (in December and March) and in July 13 in Spain, and has had several conference calls. The Exec sub-committee on Personnel matters consisted until July 2013 of Dominique and Sergeiy; currently a new member from outside the Exec and replacing Dominique is being sought. The Exec has produced statements in support of Nazlie Bala, a Kosovar human rights worker threatened and then physically beaten for advocating the inclusion of those raped in the law honouring those who suffered in the Kosova war, and in support of the Venezuelan human rights group PROVEA after they were insulted by a government minister following the election. A major theme of Executive meetings, following up the Council vision exercise, has been raising WRI's visibility. <strong>Challenges:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Hilal's resignation highlighted the issue that the constitutional change removing Council's power to co-opt could cause problems when the Executive loses a member mid-term.</li> <li>Airfares have been too expensive to permit full participation in every meeting. While Exec meetings have now begun to include phone participation on specific items, we hope (and need) to make further progress on this.</li> </ul> <h3>4.5 Working Groups</h3> <p><strong>4.5.1 Women Working Group</strong> Although several women met at the Lulea Council meeting in 2011, no advance has been made since then to revive the Women´s Working Group. This is not to say that gender issues have been kept off the WRI agenda. One proof of it is the strong commitment of several ‘historic’ members of the Women´s Working Group in order to produce the Women COs Anthology in English and Spanish (see 4.6.3. below). The preparation of the upcoming International Conference in South Africa certainly would be a very good opportunity to re-organise the WWG and organise it´s input into the programme and celebration of the event <strong>4.5.2 Queer Working Group</strong> The WRI queer working group was created during the WRI Council in Luleå, Sweden in July 2011 out of a need, and with aims, to queer the antimilitarist struggle, to create space for queer people in WRI, to use queer theory and practice to understand and to struggle against militarism, and also with the aim to demilitarize the LGBTQ movement and work against pinkwashing. More specifically, this first meeting of the working group identified some specific aims of the group and things to work with: to develop nonviolence training with queer perspective (for example work with gender out of other than traditional binary gender models); to make an edition of The Broken Rifle on queer issue raising awareness of how queer and antimilitarism are connected; to share experiences; to get inspiration and to learn from each other how to connect queer and antimilitarist struggle in the different contexts where we live and work. Through the email list that was created we started sharing some articles and experiences. In the summer of 2012 The Broken Rifle queer issue was made including stories of everything from situation of LGBTQ people in the antimilitarists movements around the world to critiques of LGBTQ movement efforts to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to how queer and antimilitarist struggles are connected and why antimilitarism needs queer. During a training for trainers in Belgium organized by Vredesactie in November 2012 participants discussed how to create queer nonviolence trainings and how to work with anti-oppression in nonviolence trainings and this will hopefully be the focus for one of the following trainings.</p> <h3>4.6 Publications</h3> <p>All our email-based publications can be viewed on our website. You can subscribe to receive them to your inbox <a href="//lists.wri-irg.org/sympa/?action=set_lang&amp;lang=en" target="”_blank”">here</a>. <strong>4.6.1 Paper and Email Series Publications</strong> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5e6780ff-ec3c-4a8b-ac95-379a0fa5bb6b" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/FrontOfTBR.home.gif?itok=O_JUs5r- 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/FrontOfTBR.home.gif?itok=3qhT55hG" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> <em>4.6.1.1 The Broken Rifle</em> The Broken Rifle continues to be WRI's quarterly newsletter, with most issues published in English Spanish, German and French. Since August 2012, the following issues have been published: </p><ul> <ul> <li><a href="”/epublish/21/527" target="”_blank”">Conscientious objection: today and tomorrow</a>, May 2013</li> <li><a href="”/epublish/21/515" target="”_blank”">Nonviolent strategies for social change</a>, March 2013, see )</li> <li><a href="”/pubs/br94-en.htm" target="”_blank”">Standing up to repression</a>, December 2012</li> <li><a href="”/pubs/br93-en.htm" target="”_blank”">Queer and antimilitarism</a>, August 2012, see )</li> </ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.1.2 wri-info</em></p> <ul> <ul>The email-newsletter wri-info is published as needed – usually for WRI statements and announcements. It is also used to distribute War Resisters' Stories.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.1.3 War Resisters' Stories</em></p> <ul> <ul>This new monthly eNewsletter was launched in February 2013. Each month it contains five stories, both from the office and from affiliates. It is designed to give people highlights from recent events, as well as direct them towards upcoming events, in a brief and engaging way.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.1.4 CO-Update</em></p> <ul> <ul>The CO-Update, produced in English, is the eNewsletter of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. Since summer 2012 it has been produced bimonthly. It contains updates on conscientious objection and conscription around the world, as well as news of RRTK activity.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.1.5 CO-Alert</em></p> <ul> <ul>WRI launched its email based co-alert system in July 2001. Although there had been a system for urgent actions before, this was the first time the email list co-alert has been used. Since then, hundreds of CO-Alerts have been distributed. The CO-Alert system has been integrated into WRI's conscientious objection database, and is now managed entirely through the WRI website. CO-alert is an English only email list, although some alerts are also available in other languages on the WRI website.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.1.6 warprofiteers-news</em></p> <ul> <ul>The email newsletter War Profiteers News is published bimonthly in English and Spanish. It has been an important tool to provide information on matters related to war profiteering to a wide range of groups and activists, and facilitates networking of groups working on war profiteers.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.2 Social media</em></p> <ul> <ul>This year, we have made a greater effort to engage with people on social media, and use it more consistently. This has meant an increase in our social media following. We have also expanded into open source social media. This helps us reach more people, but is also a political choice for us to support non-corporately owned forms of social communication on the internet. We post regularly in English and Spanish, and in other languages whenever possible.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.2.1 Facebook</em></p> <ul> <ul>Find us here: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/116749965016853">http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/1167499650168…</a>. We now have over 1700 followers.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.2.2 Causes</em></p> <ul> <ul>Find us on Causes here: <a href="http://www.causes.com/warresisters">http://www.causes.com/warresisters</a>. We have over 4300 followers, and often uses Causes to promote our newsletters and encourage people to take action through CO-Alerts.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.2.3 Twitter</em></p> <ul> <ul>You can find WRI at <a href="https://twitter.com/warresistersint">https://twitter.com/warresistersint</a>. Our following has grown ten fold in the last year.</ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.2.4 Identi.ca</em></p> <ul> <ul>Identi.ca is an open source microblogging service. Find us at <a href="http://identi.ca/wri">http://identi.ca/wri</a></ul> </ul> <p><em>4.6.2.5 Diaspora</em></p> <ul> <ul>A distributed social networking service. Find us at <a href="https://joindiaspora.com/u/warresistersinternational">https://joindiaspora.com/u/warresistersinternational</a></ul> </ul> <p><strong>4.6.3 Books</strong></p> <ul> <ul>WRI has published two books this year.</ul> </ul> <p><a href="”/pubs/objetoras-antologia" target="”_blank”"><em>Objetoras de Conciencia – Antología</em></a></p> <ul> <ul>– a Spanish-language version of</ul> </ul> <p><a href="”/pubs/WomenCOs" target="”_blank”">Women Conscientious Objectors - An Anthology</a></p> <ul> <ul>, was published in January 2013. It was translated by Michelle Renyé, and is also available online (<a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/objetoras-antologia">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/objetoras-antologia</a>) and is for sale. In June 2013</ul> </ul> <p><a href="”/SowingSeeds" target="”_blank”">Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It</a></p> <ul> <ul>was launched at Housmans bookshop, London. The book was compiled by Quaker Peace and Social Witness Peaceworker Owen Everett, and contains surveys on militarisation of youth across the world, excerpts from interviews and articles on particular aspects on militarisation of youth. It is available at our webshop here: wri-irg.org/SowingSeeds. Sale of books: in spring 2013 WRI held a booksale, focusing on</ul> </ul> <p><a href="”/node/8413" target="”_blank”">War is a Crime against Humanity: The Story of The War Resisters' International</a></p> <ul> <ul>by Devi Prasad,</ul> </ul> <p><a href="”/node/8422" target="”_blank”">Nonviolent Struggle and Social Defence</a></p> <ul> <ul>by Brian Martin and</ul> </ul> <p><a href="”/node/8423" target="”_blank”">Opening doors to peace. A memorial to Myrtle Solomon</a></p> <ul> <ul>edited by Mitzi Bales. This has some moderate success, but we still have many copies available.</ul> </ul> <p><strong>Achievements:</strong></p> <ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Regular high-quality content through The Broken Rifle, War Profiteers News and the CO-Update – often in three languages.</li> <li>Substantial increase in our social media following.</li> <li>Utilising open source social media.</li> </ul> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Challenges:</strong></p> <ul> <ul> <ul> <li>As ever, we struggle to find translators to assist with our newsletters and online content. We are extremely grateful for all the work of our volunteer translators, and are aware how much work they do for us.</li> <li>Although most of our newsletters and publications are published in Spanish and often German as well, there is often a delay between publication in English and publication in German and Spanish.</li> <li>We have greatly increased our social media following, and we now need to convert these outreach opportunities to action i.e. response to CO-Alerts, sharing our online content, or donating to WRI's work.</li> </ul> </ul> </ul> <h3>4.7 Statements, Press Releases</h3> <ul> <ul>Since August 2012, War Resisters' International has released eight statements, mostly in support of antimilitarist activists around the world. They are all available online, and many have also been distributed as press releases to relevant media outlets. From the most recent, they are: <ul> <li><a href="”/node/21660" target="”_blank”">WRI supports Venezuelan Human Rights organisation PROVEA</a> 23 April 2013</li> <li><a href="”/node/21564" target="”_blank”">Stop making a killing from war: #demilitarize now: WRI statement on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending</a> 15 April 2013</li> <li><a href="”/NazlieBala" target="”_blank”">WRI condemns 'shameful' attacks on Nazlie Bala in Kosovo</a> 05 April 2013</li> <li><a href="”/NikosKaranikas" target="”_blank”">Joint Public Statement - Greece: When will conscientious objectors stop being persecuted?</a> 07 March 2013</li> <li><a href="”/PinarSelek" target="”_blank”">War Resisters' International condemns Pinar Selek's life sentence</a> 14 February 2013</li> <li><a href="”/node/21053" target="”_blank”">War taxes paid under protest</a> 16 January 2013</li> <li><a href="”/ParaguayStatement" target="”_blank”">Resistance and Nonviolence to the coup d'etat in Paraguay</a> 25 September 2012</li> <li><a href="”/node/20291" target="”_blank”">War Resisters' International Executive statement on the harassment of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)</a> 28 August 2012</li> </ul> </ul> </ul> <h3>4.8 Office</h3> <ul> <ul>The office in London is the node in the network where all the different activities come together, are communicated, coordinated, planned and fundraised for.</ul> </ul> <p><strong>4.8.1 Staff</strong></p> <ul> <ul>As we already noted in last year's report, this year was a year of significant change in the WRI office, as Andreas Speck, who has been WRI's Right to Refuse to Kill programme worker for over a decade, and who has in many ways shaped the programme and the WRI office in general over that time, decided to move on, and left the WRI office at the end of 2012. After reviewing more than 80 applications —many from truly excellent candidates — the selection committee chose Hannah Brock to be the new RRtK programme worker. Hannah joined the office in early September 2012, just in time for our Council meeting in Bilbao, which she attended, and worked alongside Andreas for a handover period until the end of the year (this is also a good opportunity to thank the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which funds our RRtK programme, for agreeing to fund the extra salary costs for the extended handover period). Since January 2013, Hannah is in charge of the RRtK programme on her own and — as you no doubt noticed — is doing a great job. The Nonviolence programme, for all this time, has continued to be staffed by Javier Gárate, who is also doing a great job. Both staff members, together with our peaceworker and interns we have at the office from time to time, hold regular staff meetings, the minutes of which are sent to the Executive Committee.</ul> </ul> <p><strong>4.8.2 Interns and Volunteers</strong></p> <ul> <ul>WRI wouldn't be WRI without our volunteers and interns that work so hard for the organisation. For the past year, we have been extremely lucky to have Owen Everett as a QPSW Peaceworker. Owen primarily work has been on Countering the Militarisation of Youth. His main project has been editing the book</ul> </ul> <p><a href="”/SowingSeeds" target="”_blank”">Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It</a></p> <ul> <ul>. He also worked on a survey following the 2012, Darmstadt conference on Countering the Militarisation of Youth and coordinated the International Day of Action on Countering the Militarisation of Youth on 14 June, as well as many other office related tasks. The big news, is that after more than 25 years, Martyn Lowe will no longer be a regular volunteer at WRI. This is because he is moving to live in Liverpool. However he said that he will come down to London to help with WRI appeal mail outs, which are twice a year. We wish him the best of luck in his new adventure and big thank you for all his years as volunteer at WRI. We would like to give a big thank you to all volunteer translators/interpreters that do a huge job helping us to have our materials in several languages, they are: Nayua Abdelkefi, Carlos Barranco, Pedro Ballesteros, Igor, Seke, Oscar Huenchunao, Matias Mulet, Laura Perez Poza, Demet Caltekin, Paul Rankin, Rebecca House, Ian MacDonald, Inge Dreger, Gerd Buentzly, Achim Schmitz, Christine Schweitzer, Richard Meakin, Rene Burget, Tikiri, Marion List, Serge Vanden Berghe, Bastien Zara and Ed Neidhardt. For our May Appeal mail out we had the help of: Jess Metheringham, Jess Murray, Jenny McCarthy, Rob Johnson, Kim Edwards and Henry McLaughlin a big thank you to them too.</ul> </ul> <h2>5. Finances and Fundraising</h2> <ul> <ul>Financially, 2012 was not a good year—once again, we might say. We were not able to mitigate our chronic deficit through any additional grant. And the results can clearly be seen on our 10-year evolution graph. However, we shall not treat this situation as a fatality. As you know, we have had to take difficult decisions, such as cancelling our 2013 presential Council meeting. And we of course keep an eagle eye on our day-to-day office and programme expenses. Of course, this type of cost-watching measures does have an important impact on all our political decisions, and unless we cut down on staff (which we consider would be an absolutely last-resort measure) there is no substantial savings we can make any more. On the more positive side, we can point out a few things: <ul> <li>Since Andreas left the office, we have put our accounting work in the hands of Andy Hancock, a member of a cooperative which is also handling the bookkeeping of other peace organisations, like Peace News. Getting his advice and expertise has given us some peace of mind and is allowing us to make some adjustments to our daily financial routines.</li> <li>The financial support of the WRI network remains very insufficient, but we are pleased to see that we have been able to maintain a similar level to 2011, as the generalised cutting of public and/or private funding to NGOs has also affected some of our members in Europe.</li> <li>The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has given us yet another tangible proof of its long-standing support to our Right to refuse to kill programme: this British Quaker Fund has topped its usual 4-year grant with a substantial increase in order to finance a 4-month overlap betteen the outgoing and incoming programme worker. This has allowed Hannah to benefit from an in-depth hand-over training from Andreas between September and December last year.</li> <li>Most importantly, we have been able to create a small fundraising working Group, which has started to bring fresh energy to Exec and staff. Let us thank here Frank Feiner, from PAIS and Henry McLaughlin, from the British Campain Against the Arms Trade, who are regular members of this Group, as well as Jan Ruyssenaars, who also advises us on specific issues.</li> </ul> <p>Getting down now to strategy and the numerous issues we are trying to tackle to give WRI the medium to long-term stability it has to reach in order to maintain its political commitment: increasing funding through the WRI network is perhaps the hardest goals we have to reach, yet it would also be the most efficient one, providing us with a much higher financial autonomy and more political freedom. Another big issue is stopping and reverting the decline in individual donations, as well as encouraging our long-time supporters to think of WRI in their will, as you will have seen in our April appeal this year. On the fundraising side, one of our main priorities is the Nonviolence Programme and we are sending out a number of applications, with one first encouraging result: a GDP £5,000 grant from the British Lush Foundation. We still have a long ways to go to cover the programme’s cost, but this is a good sign for the future.</p></ul> </ul> <p><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --></p> <div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="29dde971-7500-44b7-8eee-0d526a591feb" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Final%20results%20graph.home.jpg?itok=iSWeGE9w 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/Final%20results%20graph.home.jpg?itok=iSWeGE9w" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><ul> <ul>Our second big priority is the 2014 South Africa international conference. Although we have not yet secured any grant, we have received a very meaningful in-kind support from the Cape Town City Hall and are getting much encouragement from the strong organisational involvement of our South African Partners. Finally, let us mention that on the strategic side, our greatest challenge will be to evolve from a mostly event-based fundraising (from Council meetings to International conferences or seminars) to a much more integrated and process-oriented fundraising. All this will not be an easy task, and the WRI Executive and the Fundraising Working Group will regularly get in touch with the WRI network to put its financial planning into practice. We need our affiliates and individual donors to provide a significant boost to our efforts.</ul> </ul> <h2>6. Outlook to the coming year</h2> <ul>Organisationally, the coming year will undoubtedly be marked by the upcoming International Conference in Capetown, South Africa. It will be the first time for WRI to meet not only in South Africa, but on the African continent at all. Intensive networking is preceding the conference, and we hope to be able to use the occasion to build new links to groups in Africa as well as revive and strengthen the links to those groups that are already our affiliates. 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https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2012/office-and-executive-report-july-2011-august-2012?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--20346.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="20346" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * 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field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This report has been prepared by the staff and Executive Committee</p> <h2> 1. Introduction</h2> <p>Since July 2011 WRI has had a very impressive calendar of events - perhaps the highlights were the <a href="/node/13732">War Profiteering seminar</a> in Barcelona in October, the <a href="/programmes/militarisationofyouth">Countering the Militarisation of Youth</a> seminar in Germany in June, the <a href="/node/20175">African Nonviolence Training Exchange</a> in Johannesburg in July, as well as the vital work of mobilising support for <a href="/node/11403">Maikel Nabil Sanad</a>, an anti-militarist imprisoned by the post-'revolutionary' regime in Egypt.</p> <p>This calendar, however, has depended on a phenomenal effort from our talented and committed staff - Javier Gárate and Andreas Speck. Each of the events mentioned has attracted significant support from the WRI network and beyond, and they all really raise hopes for the future. </p> <p>And yet ... as always there is much more to do. In this report, we find next to nothing about Syria, and even where we have an active member of Council and the Executive - referring to Pelao Carvallo in Paraguay - we could not respond adequately to his pleas for support. </p> <p>In this report, we look at what WRI is doing well, and for the future we know we have to strengthen the base for this, and as well as offering more support to staff, we need to find effective ways to share responsibility more widely. </p> <p>We hope this report provides a good information base about WRI's current situation to help prepare the work at Council on what WRI can become in the future. </p> <h2>2. Staffed Programme</h2> <h3>2.1 Nonviolence Programme</h3> <p>Staff: Javier Gárate</p> <p>The NV Programme has two main areas of focus:</p> <ul> <li>providing resources and training on nonviolence</li> <li>the initiative against war profiteers.</li> </ul> <h3>2.1.1 Resources and training for nonviolent action</h3> <h3>2.1.1.1 Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</h3> <p>The <a href="/pubs/NonviolenceHandbook">Handbook</a> has now been reprinted in English, but even more importantly it continues to be translated into more languages. In the last year translations into Arabic, Korean, Tigrynia and Turkish have been completed, and are on the web. The Nepali, Russian, French, and German versions are nearing completion and should soon be online. </p> <h3>2.1.1.2 Nonviolence Training</h3> <p>The other area of the work is the promotion and coordination of nonviolence training. We feel that the best contribution WRI can make here is to organise nonviolence trainers exchanges, where trainers can meet and share experiences. Then trainers are poised to take back new information and resources to their local communities. In 2008, WRI organised an international nonviolence trainers exchange in Bilbao, with trainers from different regions. This recommended developing regional exchanges, where activists could focus on the specific contexts of each region. </p> <p>Following this recommendation, WRI in 2012 is organising a series of nonviolence trainers exchanges. The first took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 – 29 July, bringing together African trainers and peacemakers. For this exchange we have teamed up with the Ceasefire Campaign in South Africa, the African Women's Active Nonviolence Initiative for Social Change (AWANICh), Women Peacemaker Program of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and the Organization for Nonviolence and Development of South Sudan (ONAD). This event will also help us prepare for WRI's 2014 International Conference – formerly known as Triennial – to be held in South Africa. (see more under Regionalisation: Africa - 3.1)</p> <p>In Europe, we are cooperating with a number of groups committed to strengthening capacities in nonviolence training and in particular how to improve trainings directed at campaign strategies and movement-building. Therefore a European Training Exchange on Social Movement Building and Effective Strategies will take place in Belgium on 29 October-4 November 2012, co-organised by WRI, Vredesactie (Belgium), Turning the Tide (UK), Ofog (Sweden), European Youth in Action / EYFA (Germany) and AA-MOC Valencia (Spain).</p> <p>The plan is to also have a Latin American nonviolence training exchange in Caracas, Venezuela, in the near future. This would aim to form a regional network and to identify opportunities and needs in LA. </p> <p>The groundwork has been done to develop regional meetings for trainers to meet and share their experiences. Now we hope for fruitful results to help WRI in our work promoting nonviolent action. </p> <p>In the last year, we also helped with some specific trainings: the nonviolence training in preparation for the War Starts Here! Action in Lulea, Sweden and the NATO Game Over action in Brussels, Belgium. </p> <p>The Nonviolence Programme also received a request for a training for trainers from South Korean activists due to take place in October 2012. This should help Korean activists develop their own skills in nonviolence training, becoming less reliant on external trainers. </p> <p>A very useful event in April 2012 - an international symposium at Coventry University, England, on 'Nonviolent Movements and the Barrier of Fear' - was a symposium initiated by WRI chair Howard Clark and attended by Javier Gárate, plus Council members Stellan Vinthagen and Abraham Mehretab as well several other people with close WRI connections. This was organised by the newly formed Nonviolence Research Group of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University, with support from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (Washington DC). This Research group is especially interested in the 'academic-activist interface' and is open to further cooperation with WRI. </p> <h3>2.1.2 Initiative Against War Profiteers</h3> <h3>2.1.2.1 War Profiteers and Peace Movement Responses</h3> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9193cae2-ae64-48bd-8bd2-a860173830f1" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/war%20profiteer.home.jpg?itok=4lwroSpm 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/war%20profiteer.home.jpg?itok=4lwroSpm" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> In 2011, the main project of the Initiative Against War Profiteers was the <a href="/node/13862">International Seminar: War Profiteers and Peace Movement Responses</a>, held in Barcelona and hosted by Centre Delas of Justicia i Pau. The co-organisers were WRI with ENAAT (European Network Against Arms Trade). In January 2010 at the WRI Conference 'Nonviolent Livelihood Struggle and Global Militarism: Links &amp; Strategies' in India, we connected the issue of war profiteering with nonviolent resistance but noted that something extra was needed to link groups working against war profiteering.<br /> With the enthusiasm generated by the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, and with fresh impetus from increased public consciousness of sleazy arms deals with autocrats facing the 'Arab Spring', and the severe cuts in social spending provoked by a financial crisis that has not brought 'deep cuts' in military spending, the time seemed ripe for a face-to-face meeting. Electronic communication can be very effective in building up dossiers, but functions better if people have met each other in person. Centre Delas from Barcelona, a member of ENAAT, agreed to host the event, especially if it could coincide with their traditional series of public meetings called Trobada. All these factors helped structure the seminar: during the day we had more “internal" work groups - with 50 participants from 17 countries - and the evening Trobada was open to the general public with up to 200 participants. </p> <p>A big challenge in organising international events is 'so what next?' Perhaps coordinated follow-up has been disappointing, but there are positives. The seminar brought people together from different networks, organisations, and parts of the world - a breakthrough for ENAAT. It both broadened and deepened perspectives, and brought out many ideas. In fostering a sense of community and collective action - that we are all part of a wider network of organisations working on the economic dimension of war and conflicts - it helped overcome feelings of isolation. Many ideas generated at the seminar will have to be pursued by individuals. WRI is committed to this work and will make sure that the seminar helps us move forward - that should be easier now that we know each other.<br /> Pictures of the seminar: /node/13815</p> <h3>2.1.2.2 War Profiteers' News</h3> <p>The Nonviolence Programme continues to produce the bi-monthly electronic newsletter War Profiteers' News. In the last year, the economic crisis and the role of banks have featured strongly, as well as scandalous deals with dictatorial regimes. WPN seeks to make connections between war profiteers and other movements, in particular the Occupy movement, where the connection to the global financial meltdown is so clear.<br /> WPN is at: /publications/war_profiteers</p> <h3>2.1.2.3 Global Day of Action on Military Spending</h3> <p>The Nonviolence Programme has strongly supported the <a href="http://demilitarize.org/">Global Day of Action on Military Spending</a>, a joint initiative of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and International Policy Studies (IPS). Several articles were featured in WPN and a call-out to groups to encourage them to join the International Day of Action. Javier Gárate is a member of the international steering committee of the Global Day. The Day succeeded in bringing together many groups to fight against military spending. WRI will continue to support this initiative. </p> <h3>2.1.3 Fundraising</h3> <p>The Nonviolence Programmes has raised funds for these projects, but not for covering the staff costs on which they depend. It is urgent to find a funding source to support the staff costs of the programme. </p> <h3>Achievements</h3> <ul> <li>The multiple translations of the Handbook</li> <li>The progress on nv training exchanges</li> <li>The seminar on war profiteering</li> </ul> <h3>Challenges</h3> <ul> <li>Securing funding for the staff costs</li> <li>Stronger focus for war profiteers seminar follow-up</li> </ul> <h3>2.2 Right to Refuse to Kill programme</h3> <p>Staff: Andreas Speck</p> <h3>2.2.1 Right to Refuse to Kill</h3> <h3>2.2.1.1 Staff changes</h3> <p>In July 2011, Andreas Speck, RRTK worker since the programme's inception in May 2001, announced that he would leave the WRI office at the end of 2012. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust kindly agreed to augment the programme funding to provide for a staff overlap from September through December 2012, and in June 2012 Hannah Brock was chosen as the new RRTK programme worker. She will begin on 10 September and will participate in the WRI Council in Bilbao and the subsequent RRTK Committee meeting.</p> <h3>2.2.1.2 Work</h3> <p>Due to increasing workload, the <a href="/pubs/co-update.htm">CO-Update newsletter</a> has been published less frequently, with 7 issues from June 2011 though May 2012. It remains an important resource on conscientious objection to military service and military recruitment.</p> <p><a href="/programmes/co_alerts">CO-alerts</a> focused a lot on the case of <a href="/node/11403">Maikel Nabil Sanad</a> from Egypt, who was imprisoned in February 2011 (charged with 'insulting the military') and went on hunger strike. Andreas made three visits to Egypt (one accompanied by Igor Seke of the RRTK committee) to provide support not only to Maikel (who he was not able to visit) but also to the local support group. The political situation in Egypt – which worsened after summer 2011 – did not help, and neither did the structural weaknesses of Maikel's support group. The WRI staff strongly questioned Maikel's course of action, but this was hard to discuss as his imprisonment prevented effective communication. Therefore, the support work for Maikel was politically and emotionally challenging. In January 2012, as a gesture on the anniversary of the occupation of Tahrir Square, Maikel was finally amnestied, along with many others. </p> <p>On 7 July 2011, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights gave its judgment in the case of Bayatyan v Armenia. The court finally recognised the right to conscientious objection (see /node/13271). As expected, several chambers of the court then followed up to with five more judgments (two on Armenia, three on Turkey), recognising the right to conscientious objection.</p> <p>In February 2012, Connection e.V. initiated a small meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, attended by Rudi Friedrich from Connection e.V., Rachel Brett from QUNO, Milena Bulum from Amnesty International, Andreas Speck from WRI, and several Turkish CO activists. Its objective was to improve coordination and to strengthen work for the right to conscientious objection in Turkey following the European Court Bayatyan judgment mentioned above, and the subsequent judgments Erçep v. Turkey, 22 November 2011, and Demirtaş v. Turkey, 17 January 2012. Follow-up work from this meeting is underway.</p> <p>In March 2012, Andreas travelled to South Korea to assist the Korean CO movement in developing strategy following the South Korean constitutional court's rejection of the right to CO.</p> <h3>2.2.2. A CO's Guide to the International Human Rights System</h3> <p>There have been delays in the plan to update the guide, originally written by Emily Miles. First because it required more research than expected. Second because of other demands on the RRTK programme. The publication is now scheduled for December 2012 (a nine-month delay). </p> <h3>2.2.3. Countering the Militarisation of Youth</h3> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a3e495ab-7f17-4846-863e-e45ab23f5579" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/militarisation%20of%20youth.home.jpg?itok=xbg7QBO9 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/militarisation%20of%20youth.home.jpg?itok=xbg7QBO9" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> The work on counter-recruitment has been expanded under the title “Countering the Militarisation of Youth”, and from 8-10 June 2012 the first major international conference took place in Darmstadt, Germany, with 65 participants from 14 countries. In preparation, a reader was put together (/militarisationofyouth/DarmstadtReader) plus an edition of The Broken Rifle (see /epublish/21/485).<br /> This conference was a major step forward in the development of WRI's work on countering the militarisation of youth, and in building new networks.<br /> One anticipated outcome is to produce a detailed document of the conference by the end of 2012.</p> <h3>2.2.4. RRTK programme committee</h3> <p>The first meeting of the RRTK programme committee (RRTKCOM) took place in July 2011 in Stockholm, prior to the Council 2011. The Committee consists of: Rachel Brett (QUNO), Adriana Patricia Castano Roman (Red Juvenil de Medellin), Boro Kitanoski (Peace Action, Macedonia), Oskar Castro (MFSO, WRL, USA), and Sergeiy Sandler as convener. The meeting was an important step in the formation of a functioning committee, although major challenges remain, among them language.<br /> Since then, the RRTKCOM has experimented with conference calls, with varying degrees of success, and had a small meeting in Frankfurt, following the Darmstadt conference. The meeting focused on the role and importance of the Committee during the staff transition period in autumn 2012.<br /> Igor Seke from Serbia, now living in Mexico, has now been invited to join the RRTKCOM. A physical meeting is planned for 18 September, after the Bilbao Council.</p> <h3>Achievements</h3> <ul> <li>The Bayatyan judgment is a major juridical achievement, to which WRI contributed via a joint third party intervention.</li> <li>The conference in Darmstadt was a milestone for WRI's work on the militarisation of youth.</li> </ul> <h3>Challenges</h3> <ul> <li>The support for Maikel Nabil Sanad during his hunger strike posed several political challenges that warrant WRI-wide discussion.</li> <li>Balancing workload has been a major challenge in the last 12 months, as emergency responses and alerts pushed aside other long-term work. Staff workplans need to be sufficiently flexible to accommodate emergency response.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Regionalisation</h2> <h3>3.1 Africa</h3> <p>The highlight has been the 26-29 July 2012 <a href="/node/20175">Africa Nonviolence Trainers Exchange</a> (see 2.1.2) which had participants from South Sudan, Rwanda, Egypt, Mozambique, the Democractic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea as well as South Africa itself. One immediate outcome is elist and blog on African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding.<br /> The exchange was followed by a preparatory meeting for the 2014 WRI conference, plus meetings with WRI contacts in Durban and Cape Town.<br /> In addition, Javier and Africa Working Group co-conveners Elavie Ndura and Matt Meyer participated in a three-day conference organised by the Gandhi Development Trust in Durban, “From the Roots to the Fruits: Nonviolence in Action.”<br /> Matt wrote a brief history of WRI and African nonviolence movements that was used as a funding appeal in May. (That appeal also unfurled Matt's new WRI volunteer position - WRI Africa Support Network Coordinator, emphasising our commitment to have the Working Group function primarily as a networking space for Africans, with non-Africans playing a support and solidarity role.)<br /> Elavie Ndura and Matt Meyer gave presentations at the [US] African Studies Association 2011 annual conference (along with International Center on Nonviolent Conflict colleague Stephen Zunes). </p> <h3>3.2 Europe</h3> <p>From summer 2009 to July 2011, a series of European Anti-Militarist network meetings received funding from the European Union's Grundtvig programme. This funding came to an end with the '<a href="http://warstartshere.com/en">War Starts Here</a>' camp in Luleå, Sweden in July 2011. As the Luleå meeting of the European Antimilitarist Network decided not to make a new funding application for this year, the Network entered a less active phase.</p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5d6df698-86f7-4e39-ac20-f5f96cab4e8a" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/lulea2.home.jpg?itok=mvROcxLs 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/lulea2.home.jpg?itok=mvROcxLs" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> Despite the widespread support voiced for more 'War Starts Here' actions, the implementation has been slow. Apart from a small administrative meeting in Berlin in August 2011 (finalising the report on the Grundtvig funding), the European Antimilitarist Network did not meet between in Luleå in July 2011 and the <a href="http://www.vredesactie.be/item.php?id=313">NATO-Game over action</a> in Brussels, Belgium, in April 2012. This meeting in Belgium adjusted the network goals, agreed a platform (online at /network/euroantimilinet), and approved a call-out for 'War Starts Here' actions (/campaigns/warstartshere). Rather than create a new website for the network, it was agreed to use the existing websites of the groups in the network - War Resisters' Interna­tional, ofog - direkt aktion för Fred!, Sweden, Vredesactie/ Bombspotting, Belgium, Alternativa antimilitarista-moc, Spain, Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft-Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen, Ger­many, Gewaltfreie Aktion Atom­waffen abschaffen, Germany, Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto, AKL – Finland, Trident Ploughshares, Britain, Gruppe für eine Schweiz ohne Armee, GSoA – Switzerland, and Bundeswehr Wegtreten, Germany. </p> <h3>Achievements</h3> <ul> <li>Various joint activities since 2008 have brought groups together and built trust.</li> <li>From summer 2009 to summer 2011, European Union funding provided the network with resources, which allowed more participation in joint actions and meetings.</li> <li>A common slogan (War starts here) has been developed, which can be used for actions all over Europe (and beyond).</li> </ul> <h3>Challenges</h3> <ul> <li>It has not been possible to develop a common campaign, based on a common strategy. The network instead focuses on individual organizational events and at best joins each other's actions.</li> <li>Coordination of the network has depended a lot on Vredesactie and WRI (especially while a funded project had to be administered), whose capacities are limited.</li> <li>After initial enthusiasm, the network is now in need of re-energising or rethinking.</li> </ul> <h3>3.2.1 No to NATO</h3> <p>Since 2008, WRI has been a member of the International Coordination Committee No to War – No to NATO (ICC). However, after the actions against the NATO summit in Strasbourg and Baden Baden in April 2009, the ICC became less relevant politically, and lacked transparency in decision-making. </p> <p>WRI was heavily involved in the actions against the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2010, mostly in organising and supporting nonviolent direct action. </p> <p>Andreas Speck, representing WRI on the ICC, took part in an ICC organised anti-NATO meeting in Dublin in April 2011, together with An Maeyens from Vredesactie. The event was dominated by traditional leftists, illustrating the lack of appeal of the ICC both to a broader movement and to radical pacifists. </p> <p>For the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago, USA, the ICC tried to involve itself in preparing counter-activities but with little success. Two US networks against NATO organized the counter-summit events, without ICC involvement. WRI too had problems mobilising activists from Europe - in the end two members of ofog represented WRI in Chicago, joining with members of War Resisters League. </p> <p>In April 2012, the Executive decided that WRI should leave the ICC and "continue its anti-NATO work outside the ICC. We will always be open for co-operation and communication with the ICC, should the need and opportunity arise.”</p> <h3>3.3 Latin America</h3> <p>Since the last Annual Report, the work of the Latin America network has been carried out mostly through email communication on the irg-al list serve. Through this list, information about the work of the different organisations and affiliates is shared. One dominant issue recently has been the parliamentary coup d'etat in Paraguay. Executive and Council member, Pelao Carvallo, residing in Paraguay, has kept the network informed of what is happening in the country - from the Curuguaty massacre where 16 peasants were killed by police forces to the subsequent parliamentary coup d'etat. Thanks to Pelao, MOC-Paraguay and Serpaj-Paraguay the irg-al list has been kept well informed about the ongoing resistance to the coup. </p> <p>The resistance by indigenous people of Cauca in Colombia to military presence in their communities was also discussed via the list serve, with groups in Colombia sharing firsthand experiences. </p> <p>The network has also been sharing information - and contributing to War Profiteers News - about how multinational corporations profiteer from resource extraction, their local impact and links to militarism.</p> <p>Conscientious objection and military recruitment remains an important area of work, especially for groups in Colombia, where illegal recruitment continues. A law change in Paraguay has put CO back on the agenda: recognition of CO now depends on the decision of a committee. There are also plans to pass a law on professional soldiers. </p> <p>The Latin America network has been represented at several WRI events: Council members Adriana Castaño, Pelao Carvallo and Rafael Uzcategui, plus Sandra Isaza of Red Juvenil Medellin attended Council 2011 and gave presentations in the attached seminar. Lexys Rendón, of El Libertario in Venezuela, gave two presentations at the Barcelona seminar on war profiteering - one on Latin American military spending and the other about different projects extracting resources and their impact on local communities in the region. After the seminar, Lexys toured other parts of Spain, giving talks in several cities on these topics.</p> <p>The Militarisation of Youth conference in June 2012: Dan Contreras (Chile), Jorge Vélez (Colombia) and Rafael Uzcategui (Venezuela): they gave a joint presentation on the situation in Latin America. </p> <p>Initial plans have been made for a regional meeting focusing on nonviolence training. This will probably take place early in 2013 in Venezuela.</p> <h2>4. WRI – organisation</h2> <h3>4.1.1 Council 2012</h3> <p>The 2011 Council meeting in Luleå seemed enthusiastic about having Council 2012 in Medellín, Colombia, in September 2012. Unfortunately, this was not to be. After a difficult process of negotiation about the contents and budget for the seminar, the WRI Executive sent a clear message that WRI could not take financial responsibility for a Council meeting in 2012 that would cost more than WRI has raised for any event. We would support, attend and raise what funds we could, and we would meet some agreed expenses (such as fares of elected council members, etc), but we could not, for instance, pay the wages of Red Juvenil staff in Medellin. For Red Juvenil, this was inadequate. They stated that they had engaged in planning this event less to suit their own programme, and more to meet the needs of the international network. They therefore decided to call off the whole process of preparation and cancelled the seminar and council meeting planned for Medellin in September 2012.</p> <p>There were several offers to find alternative low-cost venues - France, Finland, Jenin (Palestine), Macedonia, and Bilbao for Council 2012. Not having time to prepare a proper event in Palestine, the Executive decided that Bilbao would be the most cost-effective and energy-efficient. There will not be an attached seminar, but we hope to shape the event more strategically, renewing our vision of what the WRI can become.</p> <h3>4.1.2 The Executive</h3> <p>The WRI Executive needs strengthening, especially after the resignation of Hilal Demir in June. Hilal felt that her personal circumstances were preventing her from making the contribution required. </p> <p>During much of the year most Executive members have been under pressure in their own contexts, with resulting feelings of guilt about not meeting WRI expectations and also poor functioning of the Executive. The delay in completing and distributing minutes is symptomatic. </p> <p>The most demanding single task for the Executive was organising the recruiting and selection process for the new RRTK worker. This largely fell on Dominique, Sergeiy and Javier from the office, and turned out to be a huge job - dealing with more than 80 applications. </p> <p>Dominique and Howard attended the Barcelona War Profiteers seminar and Sergeiy the Darmstadt conference on Countering the Militarisation of Youth.</p> <p>Howard represented WRI in Zagreb in March 2012 at the celebration of the foundation of ARK - the Anti-War Campaign of Croatia. (Other speakers connected with WRI were Boro Kitanoski, Christine Schweitzer, Staša Zajoviç and former Council members Marko Hren and Vesna Teršelič.)</p> <h3>Achievements</h3> <ul> <li>The RRTK selection process</li> <li>Maintaining an overview</li> </ul> <h3>Challenges</h3> <ul> <li>Ensuring continuity after Andreas leaves, and strengthening staff support</li> <li>Making the most of the opportunities offered with South Africa 2014</li> </ul> <h3>4.2 WRI Publications</h3> <p>WRI continues to publish a range of mostly electronic publications.</p> <h3><a href="">wri-irg.org</a></h3> <p>This year we moved the website to a bigger server as the old one couldn't deal with the number of requests it was receiving. The new server's capacity can be increased as needed. Various problems with the website have been noted, and suggestions for further improvement are welcome. </p> <h3>E-mail and Web-Based Publications</h3> <p>Note: All our e-mail-based publications can be viewed and subscribed to on our website.</p> <h3><a href="/br-home.htm">The Broken Rifle</a></h3> <p>The Broken Rifle continues to be WRI's quarterly newsletter, with most issues published in English Spanish and German. In the last year we have struggled to translate The Broken Rifle into French. Since July 2011, the following issues have been published: Nonviolence for Change (December 2011, see /pubs/br90-en.htm), Land-grabbing and Militarism (April 2011, see /pubs/br91-en.htm), Countering the Militarisation of Youth (May 2011, see /epublish/21/485). </p> <h3><a href="/news/info/index.html">wri-info</a></h3> <p>The email-newsletter wri-info is published as needed. There is no clear policy on what qualifies as wri-info. It is mostly used to send information from the WRI office. </p> <h3><a href="/pubs/co-update.htm">CO-Update</a></h3> <p>CO-Update, produced in English, is the monthly e-newsletter of the Right to Refuse to Kill programme. </p> <h3><a href="/programmes/co_alerts">CO-alert</a></h3> <p>WRI launched its email based co-alert system in July 2001. Although there had been a system for urgent actions before, this was the first time the email list co-alert has been used. Since then, hundreds of co-alerts have been emailed out. With the launch of the new website, the co-alert system has been integrated into WRI's conscientious objection database, and is now managed entirely through the WRI website. CO-alert is an English only email list, although some alerts are also available in other languages on the WRI website.</p> <h3><a href="/publications/war_profiteers">warprofiteers-news</a></h3> <p>The email newsletter War Profiteers News is published bimonthly in English and Spanish. It has been an important tool to provide information on matters related to war profiteering to a wide range of groups and activists, and facilitates networking of groups working on war profiteers.</p> <h3>Facebook</h3> <p>WRI's Facebook cause now has more than 4,200 members and is mainly used to post announcements. Attempts to raise funds using Facebook have so far seen only moderate success.<br /> There is also a Facebook page for WRI at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/116749965016853">http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/1167499650168…</a>.</p> <h3>Twitter</h3> <p>You can find WRI at <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/warresistersint">http://twitter.com/#!/warresistersint</a>.</p> <h3>Books and other print publications</h3> <p>WRI has not published any books in the last year. Most work has been on translation of the Handbook and the completion of the translation into Spanish by Michelle Renyé of Women Conscientious Objectors - An Anthology, which is available online (/pubs/objetoras-antologia). </p> <p>Cynthia Cockburn's book Antimilitarism: Political and Gender Dynamics of Peace Movements has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. Cynthia attended the WRI Council in Bilbao in 2008 doing interviews for this book, which includes discussion of WRI itself as well as of affiliates in several countries. Andreas spoke at the book launch in Housmans bookshop, London. </p> <p>There has been no further discussion about producing a WRI Yearbook.</p> <h3>Achievements</h3> <ul> <li>The regular email-newsletters of the two main WRI programmes have increased WRI's credibility in these areas.</li> </ul> <h3>Challenges</h3> <ul> <li>After four years since the web redesign, there is the need for further change - for example, integrating it more with social media.</li> <li>Translation of the e-newsletters and of the Broken Rifle has become increasingly difficult, especially into German and French, but WRI is also short of translators into Spanish, and from any of these languages into English.</li> <li>A distribution network and strategy for publishing more books is so far missing.</li> </ul> <h3>4.3 WRI-Office</h3> <h3>4.2.1 Staff</h3> <p>Since 2005, the WRI office has been staffed by Andreas Speck (RRTK) and Javier Gárate (Nonviolence Programme). However, at the end of 2012, after 11 years in the WRI office, Andreas has decided to move on at the end of 2012. Having previously been treasurer of WRI and a section representative, he has also played a vital role in re-shaping WRI over the last 15 years. </p> <p>We received well over 80 applications for the RRTK job - an unprecedented number - several from excellent candidates. The candidate chosen is a Hannah Brock, a 26-year-old Briton who has been a Quaker Peaceworker with the Oxford Research Group and an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine. She begins work in the WRI office in September 2012. </p> <h3>4.2.2 Interns and Volunteers</h3> <p>The WRI office has benefited from the work of several interns and volunteers. We were lucky to have Jungmin Choi, a long-time activist from South Korea, who has attended many WRI events since 2005. From October 2011 to February 2012, she made a great contribution to the work of both WRI office programmes, including co-editing an issue of our web bulletin, <a href="/epublish/19/458">War Profiteers' News</a> and updating our CO database and other materials. Jungmin also finished the translation of the <a href="/node/6684">Korean version of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns</a>.</p> <p>Paula Andrea Garcia Morales, from Red Juvenil de Medellin, Colombia, joined the WRI office as an intern in February 2012. Her main role was to help organize the WRI Council meeting, planned for Medellin in September 2012. However, when this was cancelled, Red Juvenial also terminated the internship. Maxwell Zachs, a Quaker Peace and Social Witness Peaceworker, joined the WRI office in October 2011, after leaving a previous placement. His placement in WRI also proved problematic and was terminated in April 2012. A new QPSW Peaceworker, Owen Everett, will be joining the WRI office as part of a joint placement with Forces Watch in September 2012 for a year. (Forces Watch is a recently-launched British anti-recruitment organisation based in the same building as WRI.)</p> <p>We would like to give a big thank you to all the volunteer translators/interpreters that do a huge job helping us to have our materials in several languages, they are: Nayua Adbelkefi, Francesca Denley, Carlos Barranco, Oscar Huenchunao, Igor Seke, Benjamin Molineaux, Ian Macdonald, Matias Mulet, Gerd Büntzly, Inge Dreger, Rene Burget, Tikiri, Natalia Pita, Adria Collado, Rebecca Steffen, Marcelo del Alamo, Dominique Saillard and Howard Clark. </p> <p>Finally, as for the past 25 years, the WRI office has benefited from the dedicated work of our regular volunteer, Martyn Lowe. 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Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-office-report" hreflang="en">WRI Office Report</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/office" hreflang="en">From the office</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=20346&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="nyKe2aXAdcml8a3zPG9YPqpEeNGnvBbrwLMrQvnU9wI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:08:03 +0000 javier 20346 at https://updates.wri-irg.org Office and Executive Report - January 2010 - May 2011 https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2011/office-and-executive-report-january-2010-may-2011?language=en <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--13300.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="13300" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 08 Jul 2011</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p></p><p class="western" align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">This report has been prepared by the staff and the Executive Committee, covering the period January 2010 to May 2011. Items for discussion at the Council meeting will be especially highlighted.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h3 class="western"><b>1. Introduction</b></h3><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Two<br /> deaths mark the introduction to this report. The first - the<br /> brutal assassination of Chidi Nwosu, president of the Human Rights,<br /> Justice and Peace Foundation WRI's Nigerian affiliate - as a<br /> message calculated to intimidate all those who struggle against<br /> corruption. At times like this, international solidarity can be<br /> vital - as a source of support for those who carry on, and as a<br /> pressure on those responsible for investigating such crimes.<br /> Unfortunately, we have had no further news of the Human Rights,<br /> Justice and Peace Foundation since this crime.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> second death was expected. Devi Prasad, whose health prevented him<br /> attending last year's WRI conference in Ahmedabad, died on 1 June<br /> 2011, aged 89. Devi's historic contribution - to deepening WRI's<br /> discussions on nonviolence, to widening the organisation's<br /> geographical horizons - began in the Triennial conference in<br /> Gandhi, continued through his ten years as Joint Secretary/General<br /> Secretary, and carried on subsequently, especially in promoting the<br /> 1985-86 Triennial in Vedchhi and in his history of WRI from 1921 to<br /> 1974 - <i>War is a crime against humanity: the story of the War<br /> Resisters' International</i><br /> (published in 2005). If in some ways it seems a weakness that one<br /> person can have been so central and had such an influence on the<br /> organisation, in other ways it is a strength that WRI was, is and<br /> remains open to the participation of people with very different<br /> talents who have a commitment to nonviolence and anti-militarism.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal">This<br /> year has seen predominantly nonviolent challenges to longstanding<br /> regimes and a further expansion of military intervention. It has<br /> seen youth-led movements arising to challenge governments who say<br /> the "<i>global economic crisis</i>" forces them to cut<br /> spending on human needs, while continuing to give priority to<br /> military spending. WRI and its network has much to offer in these<br /> circumstance, not least a perspective that goes beyond short-term<br /> and superficial transitions to promote deeper social protests based<br /> on participation and on deeply held nonviolent values.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal">This<br /> report concentrates largely on solid work that WRI has done.<br /> Beneath the surface, however, remains the vision - that WRI is a<br /> network of mutual support, for those who resist war and promote<br /> nonviolent action, for those who recognise that the structures and<br /> attitudes of political, social and economic power do not need just<br /> reform but a fundamental nonviolent transformation.</p><br /> <h3 class="western">2. Staffed programme </h3><br /> <h4 class="western">2.1 Right to Refuse to Kill (RRTK) programme</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Staff: <i>Andreas<br /> Speck</i></p><br /> <h5 class="western">2.1.1. RRTK core work </h5><br /> <h6 class="western">2.1.1.1 Funding</h6><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">This<br /> programme receives core funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable<br /> Trust (JRCT), which has now been extended until 30 April 2014. This<br /> covers:<br /> </p><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">the<br /> RRtK staff salary</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">£4,000<br /> annually for travel in relation to the RRtK programme</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">£3,000<br /> annually for an RRtK internship of three months</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">some<br /> overhead for the central office plus, with this grant, money for<br /> the RRtK programme committee to meet</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Seed<br /> money for work on counter-recruitment</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">£5,000<br /> for the web publication of an updated report on how COs can use the<br /> international human rights system (see 2. below)</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h6 class="western">2.1.1.2 Work</h6><br /> <h7 class="western">2.1.1.2.1 CO-Update</h7><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> e-newsletter CO-Update continues to be published as needed - 12<br /> issues since January 2010 - and to be translated into Spanish. It<br /> is a valuable point of reference as it includes regular updates on<br /> changes in CO or recruitment laws.<br /> </p><br /> <h7 class="western">2.1.1.2.2 CO-alerts and individual CO cases</h7><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI's<br /> co-alert system (<a href="http://wri-irg.org/programmes/co_alerts">http://wri-irg.org/programmes/co_alerts</a>)<br /> continues to support conscientious objectors at risk of arrest, or<br /> already arrested. In addition, the WRI office contacts the<br /> authorities of the country concerned and relevant UN bodies. In June<br /> 2010, Andreas went to Colombia to participate in two conferences on<br /> the right to conscientious objection in Bogota and Barrancabermeja<br /> (see his presentation at <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/10569">http://wri-irg.org/node/10569</a>).<br /> The conference followed up on a decision of the Constitutional Court<br /> of Colombia from October 2009, recognising the right to<br /> conscientious objection.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> the important case of <i>Bayatyan<br /> v Armenia</i><br /> before the European Court of Human Rights, WRI, together with Rachel<br /> and Derek Brett, submitted a joint third party intervention in July<br /> 2010 (see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/10689">http://wri-irg.org/node/10689</a>).<br /> The Court held a public hearing in the case on 24 November 2010. We<br /> expect the judgement of the Grand Chamber some time in summer 2011.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">This<br /> judgement will have huge implications - at best, in effect<br /> recognising the right to conscientious objection under the European<br /> Convention on Human Rights (and by extension pressuring the<br /> Inter-American human rights system would to reconsider its latest<br /> ruling (the bad decision in the case of <i>Cristián<br /> Daniel Sahli Vera et al. Chile</i><br /> - see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/10698">http://wri-irg.org/node/10698</a>).<br /> At worst, however, the UN Human Rights Committee would become<br /> isolated among international human rights tribunals dealing with CO.<br /> WRI has had initial discussions with the Quaker United Nations<br /> Office Geneva, Conscience and Peace Tax International, Amnesty<br /> International, the International Commission of Jurists and the<br /> European Bureau on Conscientious Objection (EBCO)to prepare a quick<br /> and coordinated response if there is a negative ruling. There is no<br /> indication which way the judgement may go.</p><br /> <h6 class="western">2.1.1.2.3 International Day on Conscientious Objection (15 May)</h6><br /> <p class="western">In<br /> May 2010, International CO Day was organised jointly with the <i>Comuna<br /> de Chana, Emma, y todas las demas</i> in<br /> Asunción, Paraguay. The main theme chosen for of the meeting was<br /> gender and militarism, and a seminar linked to this took place at<br /> the beginning of the events. This was followed by a training in<br /> nonviolent direct action, which included gender issues, but was not<br /> entirely focused on these.</p><br /> <p class="western">WRI<br /> published a special issue of <i>The<br /> Broken Rifle</i><br /> on gender and militarism prior to the events (see<br /> <a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br85-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br85-en.htm</a>).</p><br /> <h6 class="western">2.1.1.2.4 Prisoners for Peace</h6><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Some<br /> time has been taken up with updating the permanent <i>Prisoners<br /> for Peace list</i> in November, in time for<br /> <b>Prisoners for Peace Day</b><br /> on 1 December. A printed version of the list was sent out with the<br /> November appeal letter.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">As<br /> Prisoners for Peace Day is no longer a major event in the WRI<br /> calendar (last year, not even the appeal letter focused on Prisoners<br /> for Peace), the list was mainly an update from publicly available<br /> sources, such as NukeResister in the USA, the Jehovah's Witnesses<br /> website (Armenian COs), and some activist email lists. Rather than<br /> being a listing, this was more a reminder that people still go to<br /> prison for peace action and conscientious objection, and it is clear<br /> that it is far from being a complete list.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">One<br /> problem is that the list is heavily dominated by Jehovah's Witnesses<br /> (conscientious objectors in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Eritrea,<br /> Turkmenistan), and this is without even trying to include the<br /> hundreds of South Korean JWs who are COs. This helps to reinforce<br /> the wrong perception that CO is basically a religious issue.<br /> </p><br /> <h7 class="western">2.1.1.2.4 Representation and other issues</h7><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> October 2010, Andreas Speck participated in the<br /> <i>Paxx-Aktionsakademie</i>,<br /> organised by WRI's German section DFG-VK together with the <i>Werkstatt<br /> fuer Gewaltfreie Aktion Baden</i> (Workshop for<br /> Nonviolent Action Baden - WfGA). Part of this action academy was a<br /> workshop on the (German) military in schools, which allowed Andreas<br /> to link with some German counter-recruitment activists and<br /> activities, and get a better idea what is happening on this issue in<br /> Germany.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Also,<br /> the E-Council discussion in relation to the Right to Refuse to Kill<br /> programme focused on counter-recruitment. This involved <i>Michael<br /> Schulze von Glasser</i>,<br /> a German counter-recruitment activist who recently published a book<br /> called <i>An<br /> der Heimatfront. Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit und Nachwuchswerbung der<br /> Bundeswehr</i><br /> (At the home front: Public relations and recruitment of the Germany<br /> military -<br /> <a href="http://www.papyrossa.de/sites_buchtitel/schulze_heimatfront.htm">http://www.papyrossa.de/sites_buchtitel/schulze_heimatfront.htm</a>).<br /> He subsequently also contributed an article to <i>The<br /> Broken Rifle</i>.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Andreas<br /> continues cooperating with the <i>European<br /> Bureau for Conscientious Objection</i> (EBCO)<br /> and attended their October 2010 meeting in Brussels.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">On<br /> 9 February 2011, Cynthia Cockburn represented WRI at the trial<br /> against Turkish feminist antimilitarist Pinar Selek, who has been on<br /> trial for more than 10 years on fabricated charges (see<br /> <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/12193">http://wri-irg.org/node/12193</a>).</p> <p> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">On<br /> 25 May 2011, Andreas participated in a hearing on Conscientious<br /> Objection in Europe in the European Parliament, organised by Greek<br /> MEP Michalis Tremopoulos, himself a CO activist in the 1980s now in<br /> the Greens/European Free Alliance (see<br /> <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch/view.do?language=EN&amp;id=96909">http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch/view.do?language=EN&amp;id=96909</a>).</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h6 class="western">2.1.1.2.5 Internships</h6><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> RRTK programme had three internships in the 2009-2011 period:<br /> </p><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><i>Myungjin<br /> Moon</i><br /> from South Korea (January-March 2009). Myungjin has been sentenced<br /> to 18 months' imprisonment in April 2011, and started his prison<br /> sentence on 11 April 2011 (see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/11891">http://wri-irg.org/node/11891</a>)</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><i>Tznil<br /> </i>from Israel (February-May 2010).</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><i>Jota<br /> Ramos</i> from Colombia (June-October 2010).</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> contribution of these interns has varied, but having interns can<br /> help improve networking and also spread understanding of how WRI<br /> operates.<br /> </p><br /> <h5 class="western">2.1.2 A Conscientious Objector's Guide to the<br /> International Human Rights System (Emily Miles update)</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> 2009 the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust made an additional £10,000<br /> grant for WRI to update and extend Emily Miles's report "A<br /> Conscientious Objectors' Guide to the UN Human Rights System" (see<br /> <a href="http://wri-irg.org/books/co-guide-un.htm">http://wri-irg.org/books/co-guide-un.htm</a>).<br /> The project also involves the Quaker UN Office in Geneva (<i>Rachel<br /> Brett</i>), Conscience and Peace Tax International (<i>Derek Brett</i>),<br /> and the CCPR Centre (<i>Peggy Brett</i> and <i>Patrick Mutzenberg</i>).<br /> However, this initial funding was not sufficient for the web<br /> publication of the updated guide, but additional funding is now<br /> included in the 2011-2014 grant from JRCT.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> updated web publication should be completed late in 2011 and<br /> launched publicly in Geneva in March 2012.<br /> </p><br /> <h5 class="western">2.1.3 RRtK 2011-2014</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> general application to Rowntree's emphasised our need for<br /> flexibility in responding to developments (such as the appearance of<br /> a CO in Egypt). However, certain concrete items need discussion at<br /> Council:<br /> </p><br /> <h6 class="western">2.1.3.1 Counter-recruitment work</h6><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> Rowntree application emphasised what Europe could learn from US<br /> experience on counter-recruitment, pointed to some activities and<br /> Europe, and suggested some steps to develop the work:</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">a<br /> European conference/seminar on military recruitment and<br /> counter-recruitment, to be held in 2012</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">a<br /> European speaking tour of US counter-recruitment organisers</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">a<br /> publication on military recruitment and counter-recruitment in<br /> Europe</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> questions we might want to discuss are:</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">strategy<br /> and focus of WRI work on counter-recruitment. While it might be<br /> European focus for the time being, how do we avoid too much<br /> Eurocentricity in the work?</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Preferences<br /> for conference: Germany or UK / additional fundraising</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Publication:<br /> what kind of publication? Before or after the conference/seminar?<br /> How should it be linked to the conference/seminar?</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Andreas<br /> will prepare a presentation for the session at Council.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h6 class="western">2.1.3.2 Emergency response Egypt</h6><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> autumn 2010 WRI was contacted by <i>Maikel Nabil Sanad</i> from<br /> Egypt who was about to refuse military service. WRI acted quickly<br /> when he was arrested briefly in November 2010 and again when he was<br /> arrested briefly in February 2011 during the revolution.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">When<br /> Maikel Nabil Sanad was again arrested on 28 March, WRI was among the<br /> first organisations to react, and Andreas went to Cairo to meet with<br /> his supporters, trying (unsuccessfully) to attend the court<br /> hearings. WRI also edited and translated quite a bit of the<br /> material by and about Maikel (see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/11403">http://wri-irg.org/node/11403</a>),<br /> and is launching a campaign for his release. We also submitted his<br /> case to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> May 2011, <i>Andreas Speck</i> and <i>Igor Seke</i> travelled to<br /> Egypt for a workshop on conscientious objection and nonviolence.<br /> This workshop was originally planned with Maikel, but during<br /> Andreas' visit in April it was decided to go ahead with it<br /> nevertheless.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h4 class="western">Achievements</h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western">Funding<br /> has again been secured for a further three years - until April<br /> 2014.<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western">The<br /> book <i>Women Conscientious Objectors - an Anthology</i> has<br /> finally been published in English, and is forthcoming in Spanish.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western">WRI<br /> has been able to reach out to some groups/organisations working on<br /> counter-recruitment, and has secured funding to strengthen this<br /> work.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h4 class="western">Challenges</h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> <i>Right to Refuse to Kill programme Committee</i> (RRtKCom) that<br /> has been formed in Ahmedabad is not yet functioning. Initial<br /> attempts using online chat have not been satisfactory, and a<br /> face-to-face meeting of the committee will take place in Stockholm<br /> just before the Council meeting. The members of this committee are:<br /> <i>Adriana Castano</i> (Red Juvenil, Colombia), <i>Rachel Brett<br /> </i>(Quaker United Nations Office Geneva), <i>Sergeiy Sandler</i><br /> (WRI Exec/New Profile, Israel), <i>Boro Kitanoski</i> (WRI<br /> Council/Peace Action, Macedonia), <i>Oskar Castro</i> (WRL, USA)</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> development of counter-recruitment work is still a huge challenge.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h4 class="western">2.2 Nonviolence Programme</h4><br /> <p class="western">Staff: <i>Javier Gárate</i></p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> Nonviolence Programme has two main areas: Providing nonviolence<br /> resources for nonviolent action and the initiative against war<br /> profiteers. The third area of the programme - Nonviolence for Change<br /> - now falls within various areas of the general work of WRI.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> Nonviolence Programme was heavily involved in organising the India<br /> International Conference in January 2010, as most of the themes fell<br /> within the programme scope. The Conference re-established<br /> connections as well as bringing in new contacts for the programme.<br /> </p><br /> <h5 class="western">2.2.1. Resources for nonviolent action</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI's<i><br /> Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns </i>came<br /> out in English in February 2009, and now a further 1,500 copies have<br /> printed.<br /> The handbook has been translated into many languages, mostly the<br /> initiative not coming from the office, which show the positive<br /> reaction to the book. At the time of writing this report, the<br /> handbook has been published in English, Indonesian and Spanish.<br /> There are translations finished or about to be in Arabic, Nepali,<br /> Tigrinya, Turkish, French, Korean, Russian and Serbian. Some of the<br /> translations are already available on the web:<br /> <a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/NonviolenceHandbook">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/NonviolenceHandbook</a>.</p> <p> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI<br /> has teamed up with Vredesactie (Belgium), Kristna<br /> Fredsrorelsen/SweFOR (Sweden) and Bewegungsakademie (Germany) to<br /> make a grant application to the Grundtvig Programme of the EU. The<br /> grant is for a 3 years project under the title: "Active<br /> Strengthening of Civil Society through Education and<br /> Democratization" (ASCEND). The project will work analysing<br /> existing and coming up with new resources on nonviolence training in<br /> development of campaign strategies and group dynamics. This will be<br /> done by forming training circles in each country and a series of<br /> international meetings of trainers. The follow up of the project<br /> will be a series of training for trainers. We expect an answer from<br /> Grundtvig by the month of June, but there are already plans to start<br /> looking for alternative funding in case the application is not<br /> successful. If the project goes ahead, this will be the main<br /> priority of this area of work of the Nonviolence Programme.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> the last year there have been several training workshops in<br /> nonviolent action given at events of the European Antimilitarist<br /> Network. As we write this report a WRI delegation is about to travel<br /> to Venezuela for two weeks of activities, the main one being a<br /> training workshop with Venezuelan social movements. The programme in<br /> Venezuela is hosted by PROVEA and El Libertario.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> the past year staff person Javier Garate, attended the Fletcher<br /> Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict,<br /> invited by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)<br /> organised by the Fletcher School and the ICNC, which took place in<br /> Boston, USA. Several other members of WRI have active collaboration<br /> with ICNC. Javier also attended a weekend retreat on Direct<br /> Education hosted by Turning the Tide in St Albans, UK.</p> <p> </p><h4 class="western">2.2.2 Initiative Against War Profiteers</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> The main work<br /> of the initiative against war profiteers, is producing the<br /> bi-monthly newsletter War Profiteers' News<br /> (<a href="http://wri-irg.org/publications/war_profiteers">http://wri-irg.org/publications/war_profiteers</a>), which is now in<br /> its 28<sup>th</sup> issue. The newsletter highlights the work done<br /> by groups against war profiteering, many times commissioning<br /> articles from a range of groups in terms of their focus and also<br /> their origin. One highlight has been the activities by the Weapon<br /> Zero Team in South Korea, which was inspired by participation in a<br /> WRI event. The newsletter is produced in English and Spanish.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> <br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Javier<br /> attended in 2010 the Annual Meeting of the European Network Against<br /> Arms Trade (ENAAT), hosted by the Dutch Campaign Against Arms Trade<br /> in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. There is a good collaboration between<br /> WRI and ENAAT, with a number of members of ENAAT contributing to War<br /> Profiteers' News and Wendela de Vries of the Dutch Campaign Against<br /> Arms Trade represented ENAAT at WRI's International Conference in<br /> India. From this collaboration came the plan to organise an<br /> International Seminar under the title: <b>War Profiteering and Peace<br /> Movement Responses</b> to be held in Barcelona, 29 Sep - 2 Oct 2011.<br /> The seminar aims at bringing together campaigners against war<br /> profiteering from all over the world to learn from each others<br /> experiences and explore the potential for forming an international<br /> network against war profiteering.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> seminar War Starts Here to take place in Lulea in<br /> July 2011 will have the issue of war profiteering as one of the main<br /> themes of the seminar.<br /> </p><br /> <h5 class="western">2.2.3 Fundraising</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Successful<br /> fundraising for the India Conference was a big success helped to<br /> finance the Nonviolence Programme. The existing Grundtvig Project - Europe for Peace - also helps support the work of the programme,<br /> and the pending ASCEND Grundtvig grant application would cover most<br /> of the costs of the Nonviolence Programme. If we are not successful,<br /> we urgently need to come up with alternative funding sources.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> In the last<br /> year not much work has been done in getting individual donations, as<br /> they are very time consuming without much reward. Also due to a knee<br /> injury of the Nonviolence Programme staff person, there are no more<br /> Triathletes for Peace - but we will be back!</p><br /> <h4 class="western">Achievements</h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> The Ahmedabad<br /> conference.<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Response to<br /> the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns has exceeded expectations,<br /> mostly manifested in the number of translations.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> War<br /> Profiteers' News has become a reference point for information on<br /> campaigns against war profiteering.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h4 class="western">Challenges</h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Need to give<br /> more training workshops .<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Forming a<br /> Global Network Against War Profiteers is a huge goal and maybe<br /> unrealistic<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Need to<br /> follow up projects better, eg training with a particular group.<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Unless the<br /> ASCEND application succeeds, fundraising will be a huge challenge.<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> The<br /> Nonviolence Programme lacks a functioning committee.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> The present<br /> cuts in social spending by many governments offer an opportunity to<br /> challenge the priority accorded to military spending.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h3 class="western">3. Regionalisation: </h3><br /> <h4 class="western">3.1 Europe</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> European network of WRI groups does not represent the full range of<br /> activities of WRI's European affiliaties but focuses on nonviolent<br /> direct action against war and military intervention, It is also open<br /> for groups not affiliated to WRI.<br /> </p><br /> <h5 class="western">3.1.1 Meetings and seminars </h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> 2009, a funding application to the European Union's Grundtvig<br /> Lifelong Learning Programme succeeded in gaining a total of £105,000<br /> over two years. The money is mainly for meetings/seminars, and also<br /> contributes to the seminar in Lulea.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">A<br /> first major activity was the participation of about 80 activists<br /> from abroad in the blockade of the British nuclear weapon factory<br /> AWE Aldermaston on 15 February 2011. In the days prior to the<br /> blockade, activists from the network met for a seminar and training<br /> in Milton Keynes (see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/9683">http://wri-irg.org/node/9683</a>).<br /> This was followed by a days of action against nuclear weapons on 2-4<br /> April (see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/9863">http://wri-irg.org/node/9863</a><br /> for an overview).</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> July, the network again met in Jarandilla in Spain, for an<br /> evaluation and future planning, especially in relation to the NATO<br /> summit in November 2010 in Lisboa, Portugal. The meeting also<br /> started a process to define what the network is, but so far there is<br /> no statement of principles.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In<br /> November 2010, a seminar was held in Brussels, which continued the<br /> process which began in Jarandilla, and also looked into future<br /> activities. It came up with the slogan "War starts here", to<br /> highlight that wars are not just fought far away, in Afghanistan,<br /> Iraq, or now Libya, but depend on the military infrastructure in our<br /> own countries. It was decided to set up a website<br /> (<a href="http://warstartshere.org/">http://warstartshere.org</a><br /> <a href="http://warstartshere.eu/">http://warstartshere.eu</a>),<br /> which is presently under development.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Many<br /> groups of the network then participated in the anti-NATO actions in<br /> Lisbon (see below).</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> latest meeting of the network took place in Ghent in Belgium in<br /> January 2011. This meeting again looked at the future of the<br /> network, and a new funding application. However, in the end no<br /> funding application was submitted, which will leave the network<br /> without funding of its own after July 2011.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> meeting in Ghent could not decide about a clear focus for the<br /> European networking in the upcoming years.<br /> </p><br /> <h5 class="western">3.1.2 Work against NATO</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> work against NATO has mostly been part of the European network in<br /> the past few years, but goes beyond Europe. Andreas Speck represents<br /> WRI on the <i>International Co-ordinating Committee No to War - No<br /> to NATO</i> (ICC), a broad international umbrella network against<br /> NATO. In this capacity, he was involved in the preparation of the<br /> anti-NATO protests in Lisbon in November 2010 (and in Strasbourg in<br /> April 2009).</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Within<br /> the broader anti-NATO work, WRI's focus is on nonviolent direct<br /> action against NATO, which links it closely to the European network,<br /> mostly because up until now anti-NATO actions have mainly been<br /> organised in Europe. In November 2010, WRI passed a pledge/call for<br /> nonviolent action against NATO (see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/11629">http://wri-irg.org/node/11629</a>),<br /> but unfortunately this came too late to have an impact on the<br /> mobilisation for the NATO summit in Lisbon, and later the momentum<br /> was lost.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> activities in Lisbon showed the symbolic power of nonviolent action,<br /> and a good co-operation among the network (see<br /> <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/11830">http://wri-irg.org/node/11830</a>).</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">NATO<br /> decided at its Lisbon summit that the next summit will be held in<br /> the US in 2012, and indications are that it will be in April 2012 in<br /> Washington DC. WRI is part of a contact group between the broader<br /> ICC and the US organisers (which include WRI's section War Resisters<br /> League), and is in discussion with WRL about a nonviolent action in<br /> the US in 2012. This would broaden WRI's anti-NATO work to also<br /> include the USA. However, it poses a significant challenge to the<br /> European side of the network.</p><br /> <h4 class="western">Achievements</h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">close<br /> cooperation between European WRI affiliates (and some<br /> non-affiliated organisations) in nonviolent direct action,<br /> contributing to an exchange of experience and building trust among<br /> organisations and individuals.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Funding<br /> could be obtained for 2 years</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Successful<br /> actions in several countries.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI<br /> is a visible force within the anti-NATO movement</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h4 class="western">Challenges</h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Get<br /> renewed funding for the network</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">improving<br /> communication and decision making within the network, and sharing<br /> of responsibilities.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> The NATO<br /> summit in the USA in 2012</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Despite the<br /> serious problems facing operations of military intervention<br /> involving NATO countries, and there is no still substantial<br /> movement against such interventonism, let alone against the<br /> structures underpinning it.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h4 class="western">3.2 Latin America</h4><br /> <p class="western">Latin America is a conflictive and vibrant region, where militarism manifests itself in full strength: military service is still compulsory in several countries, military expenditure has increased more than in any other region, national polices are heavily militarised, military bases or barracks are found almost in every town, patriarchy is taken as normal, caudillos or populist leaders with a strong militarist discourse rule many of the countries and faced internal problems repeatedly invoke nationalist hostility to neighbours to unite the population. In short militarism is part of the daily life of Latin Americans. This is why groups in Latin America sometimes are criticised of being too self-centred, unaware of what happens outside their local realities, in some way this is because the local realities are full of conflicts which means they take most of your time and energy.</p><br /> <p>As a response to this for the last years a number of groups in Latin America with links to WRI have been working on how to support each other more, and create the space for thinking and acting beyond each local realities. Since the last report, the irg-al network, has continued to exchange a lot of information through its email list (<a href="mailto:irg-al@lists.wri-irg.org">irg-al@lists.wri-irg.org</a>), which helps for groups to know what others are doing. The list has been most useful in times of crisis, like during the so-called frustrated coup d'etat in Ecuador on 30 September 2010<br /> (<a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/11779">http://wri-irg.org/node/11779</a>). This way the network could know immediately what was happening directly from the people in Ecuador. The list is very useful for this kind of situations and also for sharing information, but at the same time needs better moderation and to become a place of dialogue and ont only information sharing.</p> <p></p><p>Since the last report, the network had a few opportunities for getting together. It is important to acknowledge the high number of people from Latin America who attended the Triennial in India 2010, helping to bridge the gap between groups in Latin America and WRI groups elsewhere. In May 2010 and using the opportunity that the activities around 15 May, International CO Day were held in Asuncion, Paraguay, a special effort was made to bring together representatives from groups from most of the countries active in the network. This meetings was very important to get to know us better and many plans came out of this meeting, including a revival of the plan for a regional map linking corporate presence and militarisation. The big problem so far has been that after each meeting there has been little follow up, and none of the ideas that came out in Paraguay have actually materialised, though the Venezuelan group managed to put together their own map (<a href="http://bit.ly/iiEYGn">http://bit.ly/iiEYGn</a>) and we are still hopeful that other groups will do the same.</p> <p></p><p>As a joint project, the network put together the December 2010 issue of WRI's newsletter The Broken Rifle (<a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br87-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br87-en.htm</a>), which focused on militarism in the region. The network also helped getting the WRI Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns out in Spanish, with Pelao Carvallo writing a special introduction to the Spanish version and El Libertario Collective doing the layout. The handbook was printed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it has already been distributed to several countries in Latin America, with groups even organising book presentations in their countries.</p> <p></p><p>Within the network there are many ideas of what to do in the region but not much follow up of them. Clearly there is the potential to make much more things happen. As with every loose network things take time, but there is a base to work from, so yes, there is hope.</p> <p></p><h3 class="western">4. WRI Publications</h3><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI<br /> continues to publish a range of electronic and print publications.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h4 class="western">wri-irg.org</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> WRI website is WRI's main publication, and has grown in content<br /> since the India conference. Visits seem to have stabilised at about<br /> 2,600-2,700 unique visits daily, or 75,000-85,000 visits monthly.<br /> The website needs further improvement, but this would require<br /> raising further funds.<br /> </p><br /> <h4 class="western">E-mail and Web-Based Publications</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Note:<br /> All our e-mail-based publications can be viewed and subscribed to on<br /> our website.</p><br /> <h5 class="western"><i>The Broken Rifle</i></h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> Broken Rifle continues to be WRI's quarterly newsletter, with most<br /> issues published in all four official WRI languages. Since January<br /> 2010, the following issues have been published: Gender and<br /> militarism (April 2010, see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br85-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br85-en.htm</a>),<br /> European Network Against Militarism - Against NATO and War<br /> (September 2010, see <a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br86-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br86-en.htm</a>),<br /> Latin American Antimilitarist Network (December 2010, see<br /> <a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br87-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br87-en.htm</a>),<br /> Military out of schools (March 2011, see<br /> <a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br88-en.htm">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/br88-en.htm</a>).<br /> In the last year, it has been increasingly difficult to get the<br /> issues of <i>The Broken Rifle</i> translated into German and French,<br /> and some issues have not been published in these languages.</p><br /> <h5 class="western">wri-info</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> email-newsletter wri-info is published as needed, and was used in<br /> April 2011 to distribute information on the imprisonment of <i>Maikel<br /> Nabil Sanad.</i> There is no clear policy on what qualifies as<br /> <b>wri-info</b>.</p><br /> <h5 class="western">CO-Update / Informe OC / Objo-Infos</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">CO-Update<br /> is the monthly e-newsletter of the Right to Refuse to Kill<br /> programme. It is available in English and Spanish.</p><br /> <h5 class="western">co-alert</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI<br /> launched its email based co-alert system in July 2001. Although<br /> there has been a system for urgent actions before, this was the<br /> first time the email list co-alert has been used.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Since<br /> then, hundreds of co-alerts have been emailed out. With the launch<br /> of the new website, the co-alert system has been integrated into<br /> WRI's conscientious objection database, and is now managed entirely<br /> through the WRI website.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Co-alert<br /> is an English only email list, although some alerts are also<br /> available in other languages on the WRI website.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h5 class="western">warprofiteers-news</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> email newsletter warprofiteers-news is the newsletter of the<br /> Nonviolence Programme's work on war profiteers. Warprofiteers-news<br /> is published bimonthly in English and Spanish.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> email-newsletter has been an important tool to provide information<br /> on matters related to war profiteering to a wide range of groups and<br /> activists, and facilitates networking of groups working on war<br /> profiteers.</p><br /> <h4 class="western">Facebook</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI's<br /> Facebook cause now has more than 2,800 members and is mainly used to<br /> post announcements.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Attempts<br /> to raise funds using Facebook have so far seen only moderate<br /> success.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">There<br /> is also a Facebook page for WRI at<br /> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/116749965016853">http://www.facebook.com/pages/War-Resisters-International/116749965016853</a>.</p><br /> <h4 class="western">Twitter</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">You<br /> can find WRI at <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/warresistersint">http://twitter.com/#!/warresistersint</a>.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h4 class="western">Books and other print publications</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Devi<br /> Prasad's <i>War is a Crime Against Humanity </i>(2005)<br /> is now online as a pdf.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI's<br /> <i>Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns </i>(2009)<br /> has now been reprinted in English. See the Nonviolence Programme<br /> report.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Ellen<br /> Elster and Majken Soerensen, eds, <i>Women Conscientious Objectors -<br /> An Anthology </i>was published in<br /> April 2010 is also available<br /> online at <a href="http://wri-irg.org/pubs/WomenCOs">http://wri-irg.org/pubs/WomenCOs</a>).<br /> Michelle Renye has painstakingly translated this into Spanish and<br /> it could be online before the Council meeting in Lulea.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">The<br /> <i>WRI Yearbook - </i>this<br /> proposal discussed by Council in September 2008 and again in<br /> Ahmedabad - is presently stuck.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">WRI<br /> supported the <i>Eritrean Antimilitary Initiate</i> (EAI) in<br /> publishing and distributing a Tirgrinya version of Gene Sharp's <i>From<br /> dictatorship to democracy</i>.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">There<br /> has been a variety of publications by WRI staff, Executive and<br /> Council members in magazines, journals, books and encyclopaedias.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h4 class="western"><b>Achievements</b></h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western">Since<br /> the web redesign in 2008, WRI has increased its presence on the<br /> internet.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-right: 0.49cm; margin-bottom: 0cm; background: transparent; widows: 2; orphans: 2; page-break-before: auto; page-break-after: auto"><br /> The regular<br /> email-news­letters of the two main WRI pro­gram­mes<br /> have increa­sed WRI's credibility in these areas.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-right: 0.49cm; margin-bottom: 0cm; background: transparent; widows: 2; orphans: 2; page-break-before: auto; page-break-after: auto"><br /> The<br /> publica­tion of the <i>Handbook for Nonvio­lent Cam­paigns</i><br /> has clearly an­swe­red an existing need, as can also be<br /> seen by the number of translations being worked on.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h4 class="western">Challenges</h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-right: 0.49cm; margin-bottom: 0cm; background: transparent; widows: 2; orphans: 2; page-break-before: auto; page-break-after: auto"><br /> The new WRI<br /> website was designed to facilitate contributions from the WRI<br /> network. However, this has so far rarely happened.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-right: 0.49cm; margin-bottom: 0.1cm; background: transparent; widows: 2; orphans: 2; page-break-before: auto; page-break-after: auto"><br /> A<br /> distribution network and strategy for publishing more books is so<br /> far missing.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-right: 0.49cm; margin-bottom: 0.1cm; background: transparent; widows: 2; orphans: 2"><br /> Translation<br /> of the e-newsletters and of the Broken Rifle has become<br /> increasingly difficult, especially into German and French, but WRI<br /> is also short of translators into Spanish, and from any of these<br /> languages into English.</p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-right: 0.49cm; margin-bottom: 0.1cm; background: transparent; widows: 2; orphans: 2"><br /> The <i>WRI<br /> Yearbook </i>needs new impetus.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h3 class="western">5. WRI - the organisation </h3><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Many<br /> matters of organisational development, including representation and<br /> cooperation with other organisations and networks, are included<br /> throughout the report. They are not repeated in this section. The<br /> important work of mutual solidarity (beyond the programme work) is<br /> rarely featured but was highlighted shortly after Ahmedabad by the<br /> Zimbabwean government offensive against WRI affiliate, Gays and<br /> Lesbians of Zimbabwe.</p><br /> <h4 class="western">5.1. Council</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><b>5.1.1<br /> WRI Council members</b> - whether they represent affiliates or were<br /> elected in Ahmedabad. They are an underused resource, as people with<br /> their own networks, ideas and activities. Within WRI, a number feel<br /> guilty that they have not found ways of contributing more.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><b>5.1.2<br /> Electronic Council - </b>an<br /> electronic council took place in November, with patchy<br /> participation. It took decisions on affiliation, began discussion<br /> on some important topics, and had a lively forum on the Freedom<br /> Flotilla.</p><br /> <h4 class="western">5.2. Executive</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal">Far<br /> more work is now expected of the Executive commitee, although it<br /> also meets less frequently. A large part of the January meeting in<br /> the Basque country was devoted to discussing how the Executive could<br /> be more effective.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal">The<br /> Executive has issued three political declarations - one on the<br /> Freedom Flotilla in 2010, one on the murder of Chidi Nwosu, and one<br /> on military intervention in Libya.</p><br /> <h4 class="western">5.3. Working groups</h4><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal">The<br /> Africa Working Group is keen to promote the International Conference<br /> in 2013. Other working groups are more or less in abeyance, but<br /> there is now an initiative for a Queer working group.</p><br /> <h4 class="western">5.4 Office</h4><br /> <h5 class="western">5.4.1 - Staff level</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><b>A</b>fter<br /> the Ahmedabad conference, the post of finance and administrative<br /> worker in the office was abolished and Seth Wheeler was asked to<br /> leave. This work is now shared between the two programme workers.<br /> Having a staff level of two is not satisfactory, especially in view<br /> of the amount of travel they each are required to do, but<br /> maintaining a part-time post of finance and admin has been generally<br /> problematic and an inefficient use of resources.</p><br /> <h5 class="western">5.4.2 - Interns and Volunteers</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">As<br /> well as the RRTK internships (see RRTK), WRI investigated some other<br /> possibilities for longer term internships - so far without fruit. In<br /> addition, <i>Christopher<br /> B</i><i>oe</i><i>sch</i><br /> continued his internship, primarily working on RRTK questions, until<br /> August 2010. <i>Jung-Min</i>,<br /> from WRI-Korea who is currently finishing an MA in Peace Studies in<br /> Britain, is hoping to be a volunteer with the Nonviolence Programme<br /> from September for the rest of the year. WRI's volunteer base in<br /> London is now weaker than ever, relying primarily on <i>Martyn<br /> Lowe</i><br /> (now retired from employment and able to do regular data entry as<br /> well as his usual help with filing and mailings).</p><br /> <h5 class="western">5.4.3 - Translation</h5><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm">A<br /> number of volunteer translators (not forgetting translation<br /> editors/re-writers) have helped in the period in the period since<br /> January 2009. These include: <i>Carlos<br /> Barranco</i>,<br /> <i>Francesca<br /> Denley</i>,<br /> <i>Gerd<br /> B</i><i>ÃŒ</i><i>ntzly</i>,<br /> <i>Igor<br /> Seke</i>,<br /> <i>Inge<br /> Dreger</i>,<br /> <i>Nayua<br /> Abdelkefi</i>,<br /> <i>Oscar<br /> Huenchunao</i>,<br /> <i>Pedro<br /> Ballesteros</i>,<br /> <i>Rene<br /> Burget</i>,<br /> <i>Tikiri</i>,<br /> Denise Drake, Ian Macdonald and Benjamin Molineaux.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><b>5.4.4<br /> - Council Medellin in 2012<i> </i></b>and<br /> the International Conference in South Africa 2014 will be<br /> significant agenda items in the Lulea<br /> Council meeting.</p><br /> <h4 class="western">Achievements:</h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Apart from<br /> Skype, the office now runs on open source software.<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> The high<br /> quality of the staff's work is widely recognised.</p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <h4 class="western" style="font-style: normal">Challenges:<br /> </h4><br /> <ul><br /> <li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> To find more<br /> effective means to use the resources of Council<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> To improve<br /> the functioning of the Executive<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> Too many<br /> projects get stuck<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> WRI<br /> internships do not seem to be attractive to organisations who<br /> arrange placements<br /> </p><br /> </li><li><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal"><br /> WRI's<br /> translation capacity urgently needs expansion<br /> </p><br /> </li></ul><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal">And<br /> finally a word from our Treasurer:</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><br /><br /> </p><br /> <h3 class="western">6. Finances - more of a team effort! </h3><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-top: 0.17cm; margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal"><br /> This<br /> is both what we have and what we need: a good degree of team effort<br /> has helped correct a few worrying trends in the last few years.<br /> However we need the continuous involvement of many people and<br /> affiliates to keep rowing upstream.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-top: 0.17cm; margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal"><br /> On<br /> the positive side: WRI income and expenditure is more balanced,<br /> including funding staff time on preparing the India conference; the<br /> income from affiliation fees has risen slightly (after several years<br /> of decline); the sales of the NV Handbook and the Women CO Anthology<br /> are making a difference in our budget; we have improved the<br /> accountancy system.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-top: 0.17cm; margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal"><br /> This<br /> we have done despite cutting the part-time post of "<i>Finance<br /> and Admin Worker</i>". We need to thank the programme workers -<br /> Andreas and Javier - for accepting this increase in their<br /> workload, as well as for the amount of fundraising work they were<br /> already taking on. As you know, writing funding applications is a<br /> strain on an organisation with such a small structure.</p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-top: 0.17cm; margin-bottom: 0cm"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6de98fd6-eb26-4fb6-91c4-e4b617ec2434" title="WRI Finances overview" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/ReportdraftJune2011_html_m33185fd3.home.jpg?itok=OV31F5zR 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/ReportdraftJune2011_html_m33185fd3.home.jpg?itok=OV31F5zR" alt="" title="WRI Finances overview" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <br /><br /> <br /> <p class="western" style="margin-top: 0.17cm; margin-bottom: 0cm"><b>This<br /> is where the network comes in</b>.<br /> Our successful fundraising would not have occurred without the<br /> involvement of several of our affiliates, who wrote up and presented<br /> grant proposals in their countries on our behalf, or who took on<br /> financing the participation of other network members. Several groups<br /> also placed big orders for WRI publications, guaranteeing that we<br /> could actually make a profit on sales.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-top: 0.17cm; margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal"><br /> However,<br /> we are very worried: in spite of a noticeable improvement, we have<br /> not managed yet to cover the structural deficit we show every year.<br /> In 2011, the Council meeting itself might break even, and the<br /> Rowntree grant covers the full cost of the RRTK programme and some<br /> overhead, but we still do not have enough to cover the rest. The big<br /> EU grant proposal we submitted this year might change that picture,<br /> but we certainly cannot only rely on unpredictable fundraising<br /> results from such institutions or on receiving legacies from<br /> long-time supporters.<br /> </p><br /> <p class="western" style="margin-top: 0.17cm; margin-bottom: 0cm"><b>Again,<br /> this is where the WRI network comes in: </b>we<br /> need you to guarantee that we can maintain a minimum degree of<br /> financial autonomy and that the basic cost of our much needed<br /> international work can be sustained. If you represent an affiliate,<br /> can it increase its affiliation fee? If it doesn't pay anything,<br /> could it pay at least something? Could it collaborate in grant<br /> applications? Could you place orders to help distribute WRI<br /> publications? Or to try to get the Broken Rifle badges to again be a<br /> source of revenue and a visible image for our network? Can you help<br /> give us access to private donors in your countries? We keep talking<br /> about the same issues, we will deal with them in more details at<br /> Council, but we should be clear there are no miracle solutions,<br /> especially for a radical organisation like ours, which cannot and<br /> does not want to follow a classical NGO model. <b>The<br /> WRI affiliates and our donor base have been and remain the key to<br /> our sustainability. </b><br /> </p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--upload--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--upload--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--upload.html.twig * field--default--upload--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--upload.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--upload--story.html.twig * field--node--upload.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--upload.html.twig * field--file.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Attached file</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'file_link' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/file/file-link.html.twig' --> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://updates.wri-irg.org/sites/default/files/public_files/WRIAnnualReport2011_3.pdf" type="application/pdf; 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