Each year on 1st December War Resisters' International and its members mark Prisoners for Peace Day, when we make known the names and stories of those imprisoned for taking action for peace. This day is a chance to demonstrate your support for them.
There are some changes in this list from previous years. In October, all but one Jehovah's Witness conscientious objectors in Turkmenistan were freed from Seydi Labour Camp. This is great news for those people. However, it does not mean that COs who are not Jehovah's Witnesses will not be imprisoned in future, and conscription itself is still in full flow.
Equally there are those who have appeared on this list for many years, including the conscientious objectors in Eritrea. 2014 marks their 20th year in prison. Likewise in Israel, Finland and Korea, conscientious objectors are routinely imprisoned - in Israel repeatedly.
On this list are also those who have been part of the military, and either blown the whistle on abuses, or found through direct experience the inadequacy and horror of war.
Most conscientious objectors work to demilitarise society. In the same way, nonviolent resistance against militarism lands people in jail. This list includes many people who took part in direct actions to disrupt preparation for war. WRI stands in solidarity with them.
Please note there are some changes on this list from the Prisoners for Peace list distributed by post. This is due either to new information, or to changes in the prisoners' situation in recent weeks.
We invite you to put aside some time on December 1st, or a day close to it, to send cards that express your solidarity. You can find the names and address here: http://www.wri-irg.org/inprison
Many groups organise events around Prisoners for Peace Day, such as vigils, street stalls and write-ins. We will list them on this page. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning an event for Prisoners for Peace Day and we will advertise it here.
For more information visit: http://wri-irg.org/campaigns/prisoners_for_peace
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