15th of May: International Day of Conscientious Objection: Take Action – Tell Us Your Story

May 12, 2015 | Anti-militarization, Conscientious Objection, Delegations, Human Rights, Impunity and Justice, News, Our Partners, Peace and Nonviolence, War and Conflict

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We invite you hand in a video with your story to our partner ACOOC (Collective Action of Conscientious Objectors). Here is ACOOC’s invitation:


Next Friday, May 15th, we celebrate the International Day for Conscientious Objection. This date marks a very important occasion to both remember all those who have historically refused to participate in war and to propose initiatives that may help to promote the demilitarization of society. It is a day for us to remember, to learn and unlearn and to think deeply about ourselves in order to devise a different society where no one is obligated to fight and to go to war.

On April 8 of this year several NGO’s presented a proposal for a “Social Peace Service” before the Peace Commission of the Colombian Congress.  Such Peace Service would be equivalent to the Mandatory Military Service in Colombia. For that reason we want to invite you to send us your videos to objecion@objetoresbogota.org. Please give your name, the organization to which you belong, the city and the country where you send the video from. Please answer the question: Which service would you provide to your community if you did not have to present the military service? You can also send a message in support of this proposal.

All videos will be published via social networks on the 15th of May with the hashtag #Serviciosocialpaz y #DiainternacionalOX

Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia