A conscientious objector is one who is opposed to serving in the armed forces
and/or bearing arms on the grounds of moral or religious principles.
Read about Ward
Miles, Harold Carson, and Howard Scott's CO experiences in WWII. by Jackie
Renn in Real Change News.
International Conscientious Objectors' Day is
closely linked to the International Conscientious Objectors' Meeting (ICOM).
Between 1981 and 1997, ICOM was organized every year by groups affiliated to War
Israeli "Refuseniks" Israeli Consulate Photos,San Francisco
New York Rally
Jews Against the Occupation, Photos
- Background papers:
- CO Testimonies
- Organizations in Israel and the Palestinian Territories
- Organisations in Israel
- Organisations in the Palestinian Territories
Conscientious Objection in War
Iraq Crisis Resources
Refusing to Bear Arms online
The Refusing to Bear Arms report is now available online. Access to
the full English edition is restricted to readers who apply for a password. Visit
the registration page here or use your password to enter
the site here.
The Conscientious Objector's Guide to the UN Human Rights System (WRI/CONCODOC,
How to Object: Tips for young people
When a draft is reinstated, everyone who's fit will be summoned. As in the past,
those who resist will endure close scrutiny.
That's why Vietnam CO Howard Welsh has put together tips for young men and women
who suspect they'd be unwilling to fight. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds can prepare
to assert their beliefs well before they have to register with the Selective
Service, at age 18. Here are some things to do:
- Write a letter expressing that you object to all wars based on deeply
held philosophical or religious principles. This is your Affidavit of Fact.
- Sign it, have it notarized, and get two other witnesses who are not
related to you and are registered voters to sign it. Send copies to your friends, family, and professional acquaintances. Be sure to
send a copy by certified mail to your U.S. Congressperson.
- Get five letters of substantiation confirming your decision from your
parents or relatives, your religious leader, or your doctor. Each letter should
say that they know you as a conscientious objector. Each letter needs to be
- The Affidavit of Fact can be filed with any Federal District Court as a
document in any Selective Service proceeding.
- Once you turn 18 and have to register with the Selective Service, you
should write on the card, "I am a Conscientious Objector." Before
mailing the card, make a copy for your file; the Selective Service discards the
card once they enter it into the system.
- Keep your documents secure and ready. It is a good idea to resubmit these
documents to federal legislators and the Selective Service every two years.
- In the event of a draft, don't just wait and see what happens. The burden
of proof is on you; maintain your file.
[Tips provided by Jackie