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BAE Systems profiting from surveillance in human rights abusing states

Pe, 30/06/2017 - 15:23

Journalists in the UK and Denmark have uncovered evidence that BAE Systems – the UK's largest arms companies and one of the largest in the world – has profited from the sale of surveillance technology, including to many oppressive governments in the Middle East.

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Heckler & Koch recall prank

Pe, 30/06/2017 - 15:21

In May 2017, US vendors of weapons made by German company Heckler and Koch received a letter purporting to be from Martin Obermann, the company's head of Transatlantic Sales, informing them of a mass recall of the weapons. The letter read,

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The Australian War Memorial and weapons manufacturers

Pe, 30/06/2017 - 14:44

Dr Sue Wareham, Vice-President, Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia)

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War Profiteer of the Month: Magforce International

Pe, 30/06/2017 - 14:34

MagForce (or Mag Force) International is a manufacturer of military equipment based in France, with head offices in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. The company sells equipment and vehicles to militaries and the police forces around the world, including uniforms and other clothing, armoured vehicles, and crowd control weaponry. The company’s website includes various water cannons, riot shields, and chemical weapons such as mace.

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Campaign of the month: Deadly Exchange

Pe, 30/06/2017 - 14:29

Our campaign of the month is "Deadly Exchange", a project of Jewish Voices for Peace, a US-based organisation.

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CANSEC, ISDEF, and IDET arms fairs resisted

Pe, 30/06/2017 - 14:27

In May and June 2017, activists in Canada, Israel and the Czech Republic have taken nonviolent direct action against arms fairs.

In Ottawa, Canada, 40 activists blockaded the entrance to the CANSEC fair for over an hour. CANSEC is an annual two day event hosting 800 companies from across the arms industries, and attended by 12,000 people. As well as exhibits of weapons and other equipment, attendees were given the opportunity to hear presentations from government ministers and attend evening receptions sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

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Arms and fossil fuel industries in British schools: Undermining the next generation?

Pe, 30/06/2017 - 14:21

In 2007 the head of the British Army’s recruitment strategy stated, “Our new model is about raising awareness, and that takes a ten-year span. It starts with a seven-year-old boy seeing a parachutist at an air show and thinking, ‘That looks great.’ From then the Army is trying to build interest by drip, drip, drip.” Industries, crucially the arms and fossil fuels industries, are attempting to do exactly the same thing.

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Funding of banned cluster bombs – Global explosive investments still rising

Pe, 30/06/2017 - 14:20

While 119 nations have joined the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions to rid the world of cluster munitions, in the past four years, 166 financial institutions invested US$31 billion in companies that produce cluster munitions, an increase from $28 billion in 2016.

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INSecurity conference, Tel Aviv, Israel

To, 29/06/2017 - 12:07

As the ISDEF (International Defense & HLS) arms fair got under way in Tel Aviv earlier this month, a shadow conference – INsecurity: 50 years of Exporting Occupation – was also taking place challenging the narrative of the military industries. Coalition of Women for Peace invited speakers from around the world to participate in a series of panel discussions with Palestinian and Israeli campaigners, drawing parallels between the experiences of those living in militarised communities such as the favelas of Brazil and the realities of the lives of Palestinians living under occupation.

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Educating for peace and conscientious objection in South Korea

To, 29/06/2017 - 11:49

Anti-conscription activists in South KoreaOn 25th May, War Resisters' International organised a webinar on conscientious objection, peace education and countering youth militarisation in South Korea. In the webinar, we had presentations from two Seoul-based peace campaigners active in the field for many years: Hanui Choi, Coordinator and Peace Education Facilitator at PEACE MOMO, and Seungho Park, a conscientious objector and an activist from World without War.

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Recording of webinar: ¿Son pacíficas las protestas que ocurren en Venezuela?

To, 29/06/2017 - 11:47

Photo: Miguel GutierrezThis month RAMALC - the Latin American and Caribbean Antimilitarist Network (Red Antimilitarista de América Latina y el Caribe) - ran a webinar - ¿Son pacíficas las protestas que ocurren en Venezuela? (Are the protests that are taking place in Venezuela peaceful?). Since 1st April, a series of protests have occurred in Venezuela in which more than 50 people have lost their lives. What are the motivations and characteristics of the demonstrations?

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War Stops Here

To, 29/06/2017 - 11:45

Participants in our 2015 "Stopping the war business" seminarIn September 2017, activists from across the world will gather in London to resist the DSEI arms fair, and for WRI's annual Council meeting. On Sunday 10th September, WRI will host an activist seminar, “War Stops Here”, to support action against the arms trade and other forms of war profiteering. For more information, see http://www.wri-irg.org/en/war-stops-here-10-sept

Thank you for your support, we reached our target!

To, 29/06/2017 - 11:28

 

Thank you! We made it to our crowdfunding target, raising £2045 towards our campaign to make resistance to the DSEI London arms fair international. Thank you so much to the 52 people who donated (your perks will be in the post!), and the hundreds of people who supported by sharing it.

 

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You're invited to "Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis"

To, 29/06/2017 - 11:24

Militarisation in #Eritrea is extreme, with indefinite conscription in often unbearable conditions. Conscientious objectors are imprisoned. Many people flee the country if they can, but if they arrive in Europe, they are not always given protection, and this month the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Swiss government is not in breach of the European Convention by expelling an Eritrean asylum seeker.

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Thank you for your support, we reached our target!

To, 22/06/2017 - 18:30

Seoul actions against the ADEX arms fairThank you!

We made it to our crowdfunding target, raising £2045 towards our campaign to make resistance to the DSEI London arms fair international. Thank you so much to the 52 people who donated (your perks will be in the post!), and the hundreds of people who supported by sharing it.

Part of this resistance is taking place on 10th September, when we'll be gathering to shine a light on the international impacts of the arms trade. Take a look at the event below, and come if you can or spread the word!

War Stops Here: public education day on the arms trade

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New report on conscientious objection from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

To, 08/06/2017 - 17:50

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' Quadrennial Analytic Report on conscientious objection to military service is out, read it here.

WRI was one of the civil society organisation that submitted information to the OHCHR for the report, and it is referenced a number of times in the report.

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Antimilitarist and nonviolent solidarity with Venezuela - statement of the Antimilitarist network of Latin America and the Caribbean

Ti, 06/06/2017 - 13:46

Photo: Miguel GutierrezThere are antimilitarists, conscientious objectors, nonviolent activists and pacifists in Venezuela. There are also member organizations of the Latin American and Caribbean Antimilitarist Network, Ramalc. We embrace all of them, and send our solidarity and accompaniment. We want them alive, healthy and free.

At present, the community of human rights defenders in Venezuela is being subjected to persecution and repression because of their activities. We extend to them our solidarity and support; we are and will continue to be vigilant in denouncing these persecutions.

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Calling for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea

Ma, 05/06/2017 - 19:24

Published today: we're calling for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea.

We're glad to be amongst those working to keep the focus on the human rights situation in #Eritrea, where conscription is indefinite and militarisation "excessive" (according to Special Rapporteur Sheila B. Keetharuth).

The letter was initiated by Civicus.

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Actions against NATO in Brussels

Ke, 24/05/2017 - 19:42

Actions are taking place in Brussels this week against in the run up to the NATO summit. Yesterday (23rd May), a group of peace activists occupied the offices of the European Commission. With their action they denounced the steps the European Union is taking to start a military research programme carried out by the arms industry. They set up tents, and were in place in all morning.

See a video of yesterday's occupation of the European Commission here.

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