conscientious objection

  • October 17, 2010

    Quakers have accused the government of military “conscription by the back door”, because soldiers are held to commitments made before turning eighteen.

  • April 23, 2010

    The Court of Appeal has ruled against former UK soldier Joe Glenton, who was sentenced to nine months imprisonment after refusing to fight in Afghanistan.

  • March 6, 2010

    A military court has sentenced a former solider, Joe Glenton, to nine months imprisonment for refusing to participate in military action in Afghanistan after he developed a conscientious opposition to the war.

  • March 5, 2010

    Two very different hearings have taken place in Britain today, concerned with questions of peace and war.

  • November 24, 2009

    A former soldier who fled the US army following homophobic persecution is appealing for asylum in Canada. Bethany Smith says she received death threats and was repeatedly assaulted after other soldiers discovered her sexuality.

  • November 12, 2009

    Joe Glenton, a British soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan after developing a principled opposition to the war, has been re-arrested and charged with five more offences following his part in an anti-war demonstration.

  • November 7, 2009

    This is the first November since the death of the “last Tommy”, Harry Patch. But Patch regarded Remembrance Day as "just show business". We can honour his memory by recognising that it's time to change the way that we remember.

  • October 29, 2009

    Human rights campaigners have welcomed the decision of the Colombian Supreme Court to allow citizens to opt out of obligatory military service because of religious, moral or philosophical objections.

  • August 14, 2009

    A US soldier is to face a court-martial today for refusing to fight after exploring the teachings of Jesus. Travis Bishop rejected an order to deploy to Afghanistan after he reflected on the ethics of war and studied the Bible.