UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom … to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Relevant Submissions to the Universal Periodic Review Process of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Military Recruitment and Conscientious Objection: A Thematic Global Survey
The research reported in this paper was conducted in 2005 by Derek Brett, representative of CPTI to the United Nations in Geneva, and was funded by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. The Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva, made a substantial contribution to printing costs to allow the production of a longer report than had initially been anticipated.
“Refusing to Bear Arms: a worldwide survey of conscription and conscientious objection to military service”
A comprehensive directory of military service laws and practice in 179 countries around the world. It was originally published on paper by WRI's Conscription and Conscientious Objection Documentation Project (CONCODOC) in November 1998. The entries for countries in the Council of Europe were updated in 2005. wri-irg.org/co/rtba/
Reports of Events
The Human Right Not to Pay for War
UN Church Center 25 March 2004
Moderator: Rosa Packard
Presenters: Marian Franz, Vice Chair, Conscience and Peace Tax International, introduces the video Committed to Conscience explaining the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill and comments on international campaigns for similar human rights legislation.
Bill Perkins, Deputy Majority Leader of the New York City Council discusses support for this human rights issue through a local city council resolution
Shulamith Koenig, Founder, Peoples Movement for Human Rights Education International “Winner of the UN Human Rights Prize-2003-” discusses relevant individual and collective efforts to protect human rights
The International NGO Committee on Human Rights and
This kit includes lesson plans for a variety of levels, from K-12, mostly in English, some in French.
It also includes a 45-minute audio CD of peace songs and a CBC radio documentary about the Christmas truce of WW 1. The lessons are designed to promote appreciation for the many cultures and other wonders of our beloved planet and also to promote critical thinking in this time of crisis with many people, from local students to foreign authors, having contributed to it.
In this International Decade for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World, it will help teachers and others promote nonviolence as a positive force, not just an absence of violence. The author/editor, Jan Slakov, hopes to continue to refine and develop the kit with the help of others who send in comments and ideas and to share much of the material informally, by e-mail email@example.com (250) 537-5251, in order to make it as widely available as possible.