conscientious objection

  • August 22, 2016

    Beekeepers and market gardeners, university lecturers, teachers and men who left school aged twelve, doctors, printers and politicians, were conscientious objectors in World War I. Their courage – and the global plight of COs today – has inspired an art exhibition in London, set in a chamber resembling a WWI field tent made of bandages.

  • August 11, 2016

    The Echo Chamber, a sound and photography exibition marking 100 years of conscientious objection, is to be held at Friends House in London.

  • July 21, 2016

    Quakers in Britain support the Taxes for Peace Bill which was given its first reading in the House of Commons on19 July 2016

  • July 21, 2016

    Ruth Cadbury MP has tabled a 10-minute Rule Motion proposing an extension of the right of conscientious objection to military service through the taxation system.

  • July 8, 2016

    One hundred years after the British Government was the first in the world to legalise the right of conscientious objection to military service, a Bill to extend this right into the tax system is being introduced to Parliament by Ruth Cadbury MP, herself a descendent of WW1 conscientious objectors affected by the 1916 clause.

  • June 2, 2016

    A group of staff from Britain Yearly Meeting, the charity which manages the central policy, property, staff and work of Quakers in Britain, have had a request rejected by the Treasury. They wanted to exercise their right of conscientious objection to war by ensuring that none of their taxes are used for military purposes.

  • May 16, 2016

    British pacifists have urged opponents of war to become “conscientious objectors” by challenging militarist values and attitudes in everyday life.

  • May 14, 2016

    When Norman Gaudie refused to participate in World War I he acted from the deepest conviction that all life is sacred.He knew it was wrong to take a life and so he refused to fight. Faced with conscription, he was prepared to die for his belief.

  • May 13, 2016

    To mark International Conscientious Objectors’ Day 2016, the First World War Peace Forum will hold a ceremony of remembrance on Sunday 15 May at 12 noon in Tavistock Square, WC1.

  • March 15, 2016

    March 2nd 2016 marked 100 years since the first inclusive right of conscientious objection became law in the United Kingdom. To commemorate the centenary, the NGO Conscience: Taxes for Peace not War hosted a discussion evening featuring MPs from three different parties and Sir Richard Jolly, a former United Nations Assistant Secretary General.