Refusing to kill is not a crime
Stop persecuting conscientious objectors and refusers
International Day of Action, Tuesday 5 June 2007
Syntagma Square, Athens, 4 June, 7pm
Picket - Parliament Square, London 5 June, 12-2pm
Soldiers – women and men – who refuse to kill, maim, rape and torture are being jailed, assaulted and forced underground. Whether you refuse to be conscripted or go to war as part of a professional army, you have the right and the duty to obey your conscience rather than military orders. With supporters and campaigns, so often organised by women, more and more of us are determined not to be commanded into killing.
We call especially on anti-war organisations to recognise the contribution of COs and other refusers to the anti-war movement and to organise or join actions on or around the 5th of June 2007 to demand recognition of their right to refuse to kill and to CO status, and an end to their persecution.
Join our action or organise your own.
Write to your country representatives on the Council of Europe – including the US and Canada who are observers at the Council (http://www.coe.int/T/CM/MFA_en.asp). Please cc Payday, we’ll forward to MEPs. See model letter.
*The Council of Europe aims to establish common principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights (see CoE Statute, Article 1). It has 47 member countries, including Turkey. The US and Canada are observers at the Council.
International Day of Action called by
Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors www.antirrisies.gr email@example.com
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