International Conscientious Objector Day
15 May 2022
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of May, repeating indefinitely
15 May every year: Raising awareness of those who refuse to participate in armed conflict.
Conscientious Objectors are those who, for moral or religious reasons, refuse to participate in armed conflict or join the armed forces. International Conscientious Objector Day is marked around the world each year on 15 May. You can find further details on the Peace Pledge Union website – they have also created an assembly about Conscientious Objectors.
As well as relating to issues of peace and conflict, and linking in with history in terms of how Conscientious Objectors were treated during the two World Wars, this is also an important human rights issue and can give rise to interesting discussions about rights and responsibilities. Does your country have the right to force you to enlist, and do you have the right to refuse?
The picture shown here is of the Conscientious Objectors’ Commemorative Stone, which was unveiled in Tavistock Square, London, in 1994. It is used under a Creative Commons Licence.