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.
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
CPTI also made submissions for the drawing up of the "Lists of Issues" on Brazil, Egypt and Turkmenistan- These, too, are accessible at https://
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 https://
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 https://peacetaxfund.org/about-the-bill/
took place in Edinburgh, Scotland from 30th November to 2nd December 2019, with twenty participants from six countries. The weekend also included a visit of support to the "peace camp" at the gates of the Faslane nuclear submarine base. Potted history of CPTI up to and beyond Edinburgh.
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)
The 2016 Bill https://conscienceonline.org.uk/our-previous-work/new-taxes-for-peace-draft-bill/ ran out of time; Conscience, the UK campaign, now plans to introduce a new Billbefore the end of the 2019.24 Parliament.
A hundred years after conscientious objection to military service was legalised in the UK, a Bill to extend the right into the tax system is being introduced in Parliament by Ruth Cadbury MP, whose Cadbury and Rowntree grandfathers were both conscientious obbjectors in the 1914-18 War. For more details go to https://conscienceonline.org.uk/our-previous-work/new-taxes-for-peace-draft-bill
Roy took over from Dirk as Secretary. A freelance accountant, who with Robin Brookes had been a member of the Peacetay Seven, he handled the move of CPTI's registered address to England. In June 2016 he called on a client, by cycle as usual, and collapsed and died on announcing himself at reception, He was only 64.