OHCHR Quadrennial Report

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In March, CPTI made a submission for to the delayed quadrennial report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on conscientious objection to military service. The submission will shortly be uploaded on this website, there should also be a link to it on when the report itself appears.

New website address :

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The content of the CPTI website has now been uploaded to this new address. For the moment it continues to be accessible from, but that link will eventually disappear so please make a careful note of the new address.

David Bassett (continued)

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 was the eminence grise behind the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund and a founder member of CPTI. He is also remembered as a campaigner for the Japanese-Americans, including his first wife Miyake, who had been interned during the War. He died on December 11th, aged 93.  He is much missed.

David Bassett

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Sadly' we have to record the death of yet another giant of the peace tax movement- David Bassett.

Although he does not seem ever to have held formal office, David was the rminence grise behind the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund in the USA, and thus indirectly of CPTI.   He passed away at the age of 93 on 11th December 2021 at ther Friendly Home in Rochester NY,

A medical doctor by profession, he will also be remembered for his tireless campaigning for compensation for US citizens of Japanese origin, including his wife Miyake, who were interned during the Second World War

More on the Human Rights Committee

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CPTI also made submissions for the drawing up of the "Lists of Issues" on Brazil, Egypt and Turkmenistan-  These, too, are accessible at  and will shortly be uploaded on this CPTI website.

Submissions to UN Human Rights Committee

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At its 134th Session, from 28th February to 18th March 2022, the UN Human Rights Committee was to consider reports under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights from Bolivia, Cambodia, Iraq, Israel and the Russian Federation.  CPTI made submissions on all six, which can be accessed on the UN website  at  They will soon be uploaded also on this website.

New Bill in the USA

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On 19th July 2021, one year after the death of Rep John Lewis, Representative Jim McGovern of Massachussetts became the new sponsor for the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Bill.  For more details go to

July 2020: Death of Congressman John Lewis

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For many years, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a distinguished veteran of the Civil Rights movement, had been peace tax's biggest friend in Washington.  In Congress after Congress he brought forward bills, most recently in 2011 (see below)